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Fear Based Life

Mel Stephens

After a spiritual breakdown, Melissa Stephens explores fears, phobias, and beliefs with a special guest.

1:18:35 | Oct 26th, 2018

Nick Court interviews fellow classmate and actor Anastasia Griffith.
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1:21:21 | May 24th, 2018

Guest Host Laura Holloway tries her hand at podcasting. She interviews musician Sam Lewis about his fears phobias and spiritual and religious beliefs.

47:11 | May 23rd, 2018

Mel reads letters from listeners, addresses current events and how they coincide with her fears and as always the fear of death and not being liked come back up.

1:06:13 | May 2nd, 2018

Psychotherapist Lily who specializes in Intimacy and Leadership joins Nick Court as they tackle the big Fear Based Life questions.

1:28:03 | May 2nd, 2018

Mel and Tim are two old friends hence why it was split into two episodes because it couldn't be contained. Listen to them banter about family dynamics, religion, fear, meditation and more journal readings with the amazing Tim.

56:03 | May 1st, 2018

Tim talks spiders, tarot cards, family, career success and reads from Mel's childhood journal.

1:07:27 | Mar 20th, 2018

Veronica, a friend from NYC whom I haven't seen in ages, reached out to tell me her story. It's full of so many twists and turns and a murder that has gone unsolved.....

1:22:15 | Jan 28th, 2018

Impostor syndrome, depression and difficult relationships are talked about with guest and listener Meredith.

1:40:24 | Dec 13th, 2017

Fears of being wrongly fully prisoner, lies, death, family drama and the new found friendship Mel and Hope find in each other.

1:46:28 | Nov 29th, 2017

Torture, dying, and terrible things happening to the ones we love with listener Daryl Watson.

1:01:30 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Vanessa shares her harrowing story of living through her greatest fear. Try to not sob through it. Mel couldn't.

1:49:54 | Nov 15th, 2017

Evangelicals in power, driving behind trucks with poles, and failure with actor and writer Julie Brister

1:25:44 | Nov 7th, 2017

Falling air conditioning units, heights, and random, uncontrollable catastrophes with actor and comedian Adam Lustick

1:19:59 | Nov 1st, 2017

Elevators, tribalism in today's times, and adequacy with FBL patron Mark

1:28:56 | Oct 24th, 2017

Mel takes Fear Based Life out on the road. Recorded live at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood CA on 10/12/17

55:15 | Oct 17th, 2017

Silence, confined spaces, and not being able to provide with FBL patron Pete

1:18:46 | Oct 10th, 2017

Death of a loved one, driving in Los Angeles, and being perceived as a burden with comedic actor Santina Muha.

1:09:35 | Oct 3rd, 2017

The backwoods, crosscountry road trips, and being a queer Mexican immigrant in the current political climate with FBL listener Ruben

1:01:56 | Sep 26th, 2017

The dark, parking garages, and the post grad life with FBL listener Ashley.

1:06:11 | Sep 19th, 2017

A special solo episode on losing loved ones, the unknown, and never receiving a sign with your host Mel Stephens.

58:38 | Sep 12th, 2017

Crabs, death of a loved one, and not fulfilling your potential with actor and writer Kat Foster. Part Two of Two.

46:15 | Sep 5th, 2017

Crabs, death of a loved one, and not fulfilling your potential with actor and writer Kat Foster. Part One of Two.

1:33:28 | Aug 29th, 2017

Bugs in enclosed spaces, natural disaster, and delusions of creative grandeur with writers and podcasters Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo

1:05:17 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Rollercoasters, regrets, and reopening your spiritual life with former WWE wrestler, fighter, and stunt performer Kendra Smith.

1:20:49 | Aug 15th, 2017

Dying in cars under water, flying, and navigating a new city with improviser, actor, and writer Erin Gibson.

1:40:09 | Aug 8th, 2017

Wasting time, health issues, flying, and atheism with actor, writer, and comedian Erin Whitehead.

1:37:30 | Aug 1st, 2017

Recorded live at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre, Mel talks fears with guests Steve Young, Eliza Rickman, Nick Court, Chris Farah, Daniel Van Kirk, and more but you have to listen to be surprised... Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe @ Like...Show More

1:20:54 | Jul 25th, 2017

Stairs, anger, and drunkenness from others while sober with Steven Ray Morris.

1:22:01 | Jul 18th, 2017

Not living up to your potential, hitting pedestrians with your car, and renouncing God with comedic actor and writer Seth Morris.

1:23:34 | Jul 11th, 2017

Cults, being attacked in your home, and confession with comedian and actor Henry Zebrowski.

1:23:51 | Jul 4th, 2017

Dead people in the water, flesh eating bacteria, and having children with writer and producer Emily Foster.

1:16:23 | Jun 27th, 2017

Generalized anxiety, growing up in the “Libral South,” and finding the right church with writer Dorothy Fortenberry.

1:13:57 | Jun 13th, 2017

In this episode: farts, public speaking, and Facebook with Matt Cook.

1:32:30 | Jun 6th, 2017

In this week's episode: sharks, veganism, earthquakes and attacks.

1:29:23 | May 30th, 2017

Natch Beaut’s Jackie Johnson joins Mel to chat about auditioning in Los Angeles, editing yourself, internet neuroses, and the ideal way to die.

1:10:17 | May 23rd, 2017

On this week’s Fear Based Life, a listener named Bailey calls in to chat with Mel about food phobias, self-harm, abusive relationships, and more.

1:09:31 | May 16th, 2017

Erin McGathy is back with her partner, filmmaker Paudie Baggott, discussing fear of heights, violence in America vs. Ireland, and Jurassic Park.

1:26:08 | May 9th, 2017

Comedian Steve Szlaga shares with Mel the hell of a year he’s had so far.

1:30:52 | May 2nd, 2017

Fear Based Life LIVE is a live stage show where Mel invites her friends to come by, explore everything dark, and try something on stage they've never done before. Featuring: Nick Court, Florence Hartigan, Andy Haynes, Daniel Van Kirk, Ben Bizuneh and...Show More

1:29:50 | Apr 25th, 2017

Mel finally sits down with her husband, actor and performer Nick Court, to chat about low self-esteem and atheism.

1:05:54 | Apr 18th, 2017

Mel considers the value of connecting with the audience.

1:33:05 | Apr 11th, 2017

Join Mel, Natasha, and Jackie as they discuss anger and sickness.

1:42:22 | Apr 4th, 2017

Welcome to the very first Fear Based Life live show filled with tears, smells, open letters, and a crazy moving interview from an audience member. Featuring: Al Jackson, Steve Agee, Navaris Darson, Lindsay Ames, Jen Kirkman and Nick Court

1:01:34 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Mel records a special solo episode and shares her own fears about her upcoming live show, her health, and what’s coming next.

1:14:40 | Feb 21st, 2017

John Roy joins Mel on this week's episode.

1:22:12 | Feb 14th, 2017

Mel chats with Dumb People Town's Dan Van Kirk in the first of 2 episode installments.

1:27:21 | Feb 7th, 2017

Mel chats up Drew Ackerman from Feral’s new show, Sleep With Me.

1:37:14 | Feb 5th, 2017

Mel chats with Matt McConkey about online everything, and not being liked.

1:08:04 | Dec 27th, 2016

Mel gets serious with Johnny Pemberton as the discuss the fears of pooping and the internet.

1:22:07 | Dec 20th, 2016

26 - Mel talks with Corey Podell about body image and the fear of what other people think about you and so much more.

1:18:17 | Dec 13th, 2016

Mel talks with This Feels Terrible and Human Conversation host Erin McGathy about her fear of whales and of falling asleep.

1:13:21 | Dec 6th, 2016

Alana Gospodnetich talks with Mel about her fear of being alone along with her intense fear of spiders.

1:17:22 | Nov 29th, 2016

Mel and Justin Drabek dig into the fear of doing or not doing and FLOATING. So stop floating there doing nothing and listen!

1:14:28 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Tina Huang talks with Mel about her fear of clowns and her fears of failure and being vulnerable.

1:25:48 | Nov 16th, 2016

Fear Based Life does a crossover podcast with Drew Droege's Minor Revelations. Find both at

1:14:46 | Nov 9th, 2016

Duncan Trussell takes Mel through many different concepts on the idea of death.

1:30:38 | Nov 2nd, 2016

My Favorite Murder's Georgia Hardstark opens up about her deepest fears.

1:42:12 | Oct 26th, 2016

Do you have a fear of going to the movies? Find out why Jessie Rosen does.

1:39:17 | Oct 4th, 2016

Your new best friend Alison Rosen opens up about her fear of loss and hurt over being lied to.

1:29:26 | Sep 21st, 2016

Lil' Cutie Dave Horwitz makes for a lighter episode of Fear Based Life and dreads becoming that guy who is still hanging out around the young crowd when he's older.

1:30:31 | Sep 13th, 2016

Stand up Eliza Skinner delves into her biggest fears and talks about her non-traditional religious upbringing.

1:32:04 | Sep 7th, 2016

Will Weldon shares his deepest fears and heart wrenching stories with Mel on Fear Based Life.

1:14:24 | Aug 30th, 2016

Guy Branum joins Melissa Stephens' existential crusade on Fear Based Life.

1:16:13 | Aug 24th, 2016

Shauna McGarry opens up about her fear of car accidents and more on Fear Based Life.

1:32:03 | Aug 16th, 2016

Two of Feral Audio's rawest voices meet to talk about their fears when We Should Have A Podcast's Courtney Pauroso opens up about her sometimes debilitating social anxiety.

1:39:56 | Aug 9th, 2016

While comedian Al Jackson isn't much afraid of his own mortality, he discusses his fear of losing a loved one and being alongside someone he has.

1:41:45 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Kulap Vilaysack opens up about her belief in astrology and coping with the sudden loss of a friend.

1:15:32 | Jul 27th, 2016

Andy Hanes discusses his fear of flying and the heart wrenching story of his friend who committed suicide.

1:01:21 | Jul 19th, 2016

Mel explores her curiosity into psychics, mediums and channeling in an interview with practicing psychic Bill Phillips.

1:30:07 | Jul 12th, 2016

Writer and longtime friend of Mels, Leslye Headland talks her fear of death and anger.

1:15:59 | Jul 6th, 2016

Feral Audio fans have the long awaited Vomit On The Web reunion and official farewell episode, Ingrid Haas joins Fear Based Life to talk about her fear of heights.

1:16:40 | Jun 28th, 2016

Christine Woods fears the ocean and shark attacks and shares her belief in reincarnation.

1:44:05 | Jun 21st, 2016

Mike Truesdale's goto fear is snakes, but as a new Father the thought of losing a child is devastating.

1:13:28 | Jun 14th, 2016

Deanna Russo shares her fear of suffocating and unique perspective on life being temporary.

1:08:59 | Jun 7th, 2016

Steve Agee shares his experience with the death of his father and discovering transcendental meditation.