Be Here For A While

Be Here For A While


Rachael O’Brien is a stand-up comic and actress. Currently Rachael can be seen on Bravo’s hit TV show Vanderpump Rules, which recently aired its new season. She has toured all over the world and this past fall she embarked on a 3-week European tour through Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium doing stand-up for the troops. She has shared the stage with comedic household names including Jeff Ross, Judd Apatow, Heather McDonald, Ron White, and Nick Kroll. "Be Here for A While" is a comedic look into the world as Rachael and her notable comedian and entertainment industry friends see it.


Stassi Schroeder The Reality Star and Rachael The Comedian  

Everyone's favorite guest is back - Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder is on this week's episode of Be Here For A While. Stassi starts off by busting Rachael's balls for renaming her iPhone "Rachael The Comedian" which Rachael follows up by busting Stassi for having the Vanderpump Rules' theme song as her ringtone. (Yes, singing is involved). The girls discuss living in all-gold-everything apartments and how Stassi almost got hit in the face during their recent trip to Las Vegas. Find Stassi on her podcast, Straight Up With Stassi!

All The Laughs with Pretty Funny Woman, Lisa Sundstedt  

Rachael's first comedy teacher, Lisa Sundstedt, stops by to chat all things comedy. Lisa is considered the Heidi Fleiss of comedy for creating the all-female comedy brand, Pretty Funny Women. Lisa has written for the Chelsea Handler Show, toured the country doing standup, and performed with the 50s group Sha Na Na on tour for 4 years! 

Blast From The Past with Devan Long, Rachael's college ex-boyfriend  

It's a blast from the past when Rachael's college ex-boyfriend Devan Long stops by to let us in on some vintage Rachael secretes on this episode of Be Here For A While. Devan and Rachael talk about his university and NFL football career that lead him to acting, and that one time he did hallucinogenic drugs with Columbian natives.

The Bitch is BACK! Jackie Schimmel on current TV, London, and her musical aspirations  

Jackie Schimmel of The Bitch Bible podcast stops by on this episode of Be Here For A While. Rachael and Jackie give their unsolicited opinions on a variety of subjects from the Will and Grace reboot to how over-contouring is out of style. Jackie also tells us her dream of doing background vocals and confesses to stopping by her fiance's recording studio on a regular basis in hopes of being added as background vocals to one of Liam Payne's songs. They discuss Jackie's wedding day looks, yes looks, plural. And Jackie gives Rachael some dating tips. 

Former fat kid and funny guy Adam Ray stops by for a laugh  

Seattle-born stand up comedian Adam Ray stops by on this episode of Be Here For A While to talk about being a fellow former fat kid and his career journey since graduating college at USC, among other things. You can find Adam on his podcast About Last Night. You can also catch Adam at the Hollywood Improv, Comedy Store, and Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, and on the road, opening for Bobby Lee and Harland Williams. Adam’s online following has taken off, with the popularity of his web videos that are frequently featured on and Youtube. His “Kermit the Frog reaction video to 2 girls 1 cup,” is at 5 million views and counting on Youtube, and all of Adam’s videos can be found on his homesite, His TV credits include TWO BROKE GIRLS, ABC’s “According to Jim,” MTV’s “Human Giant,” and MTV'S PUNK'D.

Tales of a 21st century girl with comedian/writer/serial dater Gabi Conti  

Comedian, Elite Daily Host, and quintessential 21st century girl Gabi Conti joins Rachael on this episode of Be Here For A While. They discuss Gabi's 2016 dating marathon (she went on 3-4 dates a week!) to her 2017 dating hiatus, with some pretty insane stories in between. One guy said he didn't like Frank Sinatra, which was her first red flag. They also talk about Gabi's comedy career and Gabi's love of Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP! Hear more from Gabi by listening to her podcast with her therapist (yes!) called Asking For A Friend.

Firecracker Annabelle Desisto on that time Rachael sparked a rage stroke and nearly killed her comedy aspirations to writing for legend Joan Rivers  

Firecracker Annabelle Desisto joins Rachael on this episode of Be Here For A While! They discuss everything from comedy to dating to working with the legendary Joan Rivers. Annabelle shares the story of her and Rachael's first meeting at a comedy show Rachael was on and Annabelle was hosting. She jokes that she had a rage stroke and questioned her comedy career after getting a glimpse of Rachael in her Louboutin's with her Chanel bag. Rachael chat with Annabelle about her current relationship status and dating in NYC and LA. Find Annabelle on social media and follow Annabelle's blog and podcast, Adderall and Compliments!

Bolognese, Booze, and Boys w/ the ultimate Italian, Jaclyn Marfuggi  

Rachael and her bestie, comedian Jaclyn Marfuggi, are ringing in the new year with stories of bolognese, booze and boys. Rachael tells Jaclyn about her New Years trip to Cabo with her friends from Vanderpump Rules and Jaclyn fills Rachael in on tales from her ultimate Italian Christmas vacation, back in Jersey. The girls discuss dating, cooking, comedy (of course) and 2016 reasons why 2016 sucked. 

Trailblazing the stand up comedy revolution in the Middle East w/ Nemr Abou Nassar  

Nemr is a Lebanese/American Stand-Up Comedian who is credited with establishing and pioneering the stand-up comedy scene throughout the Middle East where he performs in English. Nemr grew up in San Diego and then moved back with his family to Lebanon. He went on to break down barriers and unite people in a region where bombing on stage can have a completely different meaning.


On the heels of his hugely successful tour, Nemr continues his 2016 international comedy tour extending to almost every city across the U.S., and expanding to Europe and Australia making this a truly global event. In short, there is no stopping Nemr from accomplishing in America and worldwide what he did across the Middle East, bringing people together through laughter and merriment.

On being celebrity adjacent in LA, with TV exec RJ Larese  

On this episode of Be Here For A While, former ABC television executive, RJ Larese, stops by to dig into all things Television and Talent over a glass (ok, a bottle) of rose! RJ and Rachael talk extensively about the process of selling television shows, the boom of reality TV after the television writer's strike, and the struggle of "networking" in LA. RJ gives great insight into the interworkings of many of the entertainment industry positions he's held and shares some really hilarious stories from his dynamic career path.

Girls that comedy together stick together  

On this episode of Be Here For A While, comedian Dana Moon stops by to chat with Rachael about comedy, dating, and some heavy life stuff. Catch Dana on Laughs on Fox!

All about relationships with Vanderpump Rules' Brittany Cartwright  

Rachael's sweetest friend, Brittany Cartwright stops by to talk all things dating and relationships. Rachael and Brittany start off by establishing a drinking game: they'll each take one shot every time Vanderpump Rules' Jax Taylor is mentioned. We learn how Brittany and Jax's relationship evolved from their first meeting in Vegas and Brittany shares some valuable dating advice. Find Brittany on all socials at @BNCartwright!

On perseverance, hard work, and dedication in Hollywood with actor/director Nick Clifford  

Actor and director Nick Clifford -- known for his roles in Masters of Sex, Hindsight, and The Opportunist -- stops by to chat on this episode of Be Here For a While. He and Rachel discuss the pyramids of Giza, how Nick first delved into acting while at Brown University, and screwing over national SAT prep organizations (among other things). Rachel and Nick relate to each other on learning to be patient about getting gigs in Hollywood, and Nick offers up some advice on how to remain a confident and passionate actor in an unpredictable and competitive industry. You can catch Nick on the current season of Masters of Sex on Showtime.

Teardrop tattoos and Britney Spears' unintentionally hilarious instagram with comedian Jaclyn Marfuggi  

On this episode of Be Here For A While, comedian, dancer, singer, Britney Spears impersonator, hair-flipper, lover of bolognese pasta, and Rachael's bestie, Jaclyn Marfuggi is back! Rachael and Jaclyn retell the story of how Rachael broke every single safety rule while her cable was being installed (rather, not installed) by a guy with a teardrop tattoo. Their stream of consciousness covers Britney Spears' unintentionally hilarious instagram account, how Rachael avoids conflict, the downfalls of being the sole unmarried adult at family holidays, and an update on Rachael's hand injury. The girls transition into their favorite topic: Food. Finally, we learn how Jaclyn booked her upcoming movie role! 

Butter vs Ranch and other life updates with Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder  

Rachael's butter-ranch-and-wine partner in crime, Stassi Schroeder, is here for girl talk! The girls dive in with a musical improv exercise then transition into important life updates including Stassi's recent trip to Chicago (and a quick retelling of that time she broke Jax Taylor's nose) and Rachael's abrupt move. Then, Rachael and Stassi finally answer the ultimate question: BUTTER vs RANCH. They answer your Twitter questions (think dieting, beauty, high snacks, and more) and then get serious about relationships, friendships, and their favorite app, Snapchat. Catch Stassi on the current season of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo and her hit podcast, Straight Up With Stassi!

The art of story telling with comedian Danny Lobell  

Not many comedians can say that one of their very first first stand up performances was for Hillary Clinton... but Danny Lobell can. Rachael's Second City buddy Danny is a hilarious comic and podcast host, and he's known for his expert story telling. On this episode of Be Here For A While, he's here to tell Rachael some of his best stories about coming up in the comedy scene, growing up in NY, and making the big move to LA. 

Kicking Through The Ashes with stand up comedian Ritch Shydner  

It was nearly impossible for Rachael to become any more obsessed with the history of stand up comedy, but after today's guest, it has happened. Stand up legend Ritch Shydner is here to tell Rachael his craziest stories from the comedy club boom of the 1980's -- many of which you'll find in his new book, Kicking Through The Ashes. Rachael learns how Ritch's groundbreaking career unfolded and what set his comedy apart.

#WCW: Sabrina Danzl is in town!  

Rachael's childhood best friend from Oregon is here for a special Wednesday BONUS episode. They unintentionally explain how Rachael's delusions of grandeur began with grade school book reports and she shares one of her best delusional dating moments. 

Hollywood Improv Artistic Director Jamie Flam gives Rachael the inside scoop  

Rachael has the unique opportunity to sit down and pick the brain of one of the main gatekeepers in the LA comedy scene. In this episode of Be Here For A While, she's uncovering all the advice any up-and-coming artist is dying to know. Hollywood Improv Artistic Director Jamie Flam is here to share his intimate insight into the world of comedy -- sharing what he looks for when booking new talent, a day in the life of a booker at one of the biggest clubs in LA, and what characteristics Jamie believes make comics successful.

Industry legend Barry Katz on making it in the business  

Rachael sits down with industry legend Barry Katz who is universally known for helping launch the careers of some of the most extraordinary comedy artists int he business - including Dave Chappelle, Anthony Clark, Nick Swardson, Tracy Morgan, Bill Burr, Darrell Hammond, Whitney Cummings, Jay Mohr, Dane Cook, and Louie CK. Rachael soaks up all the advice Barry has to offer about finding your niche, navitaging distraction, and the different definitions of "making it" in the business. Check out Barry's very successful podcast, "Industry Standard", a one-of-a-kind weekly inspirational podcast that features an insiders look at Hollywood from a totally different perspective, featuring behind-the-scenes A-list players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world.

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