ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 24, 2020 – On Thursday, Dec. 3, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, the award-winning podcast from American Public Media, is presenting its annual Happyish Holidays show as a first-ever free virtual livestreaming event. Hosted by podcaster, writer and performer Nora McInerny, the event will invite fans for an evening of comedy, music and an interactive live voting poll on The Best of the Worst Holiday Stories and Photo Award.
“We all know 2020 has been terrible. And, many people, including myself, have a complicated relationship with this season in general.” said McInerny. “I also know from experience that even the worst years have – and need – joy.”
Last year, the Terrible, Thanks for Asking live tour brought a spectacular, theatrical presentation of the podcast to the stage. The team was inspired to produce Happyish Holidays in response to requests from fans, also known as “The Terribles,” to recreate the feeling of community the show’s prior live events had offered. In Happyish Holidays, McInerny and her special guests will bring that same energy to fans, but from the comfort and safety of one’s own home.
What: Happyish Holidays Hosted By Nora McInerny – A Free Virtual Live Show by Terrible, Thanks for Asking
When: Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. CST
Where: Stream this event at happyishholidays.com
How: This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. You may RSVP at happyishholidays.com
Who: The live show will be hosted by Nora McInerny, featuring special guests.
“Terrible, Thanks for Asking built tremendous momentum in the live events space in 2019, selling out in major media markets across the United States, and then 2020 happened,” said APM’s Managing Director of Multiplatform Sales Strategy and Business Development, Thomas De Napoli. “But it has also offered us an opportunity to be thoughtful about how we can adapt to meet fans where they are, including through interactive livestreaming experiences with innovative partners.”
APM enlisted Stage TEN, a leader in remote broadcast, livestreaming, and interactive video, to produce Happyish Holidays. Stage TEN’s newly launched commerce features will power the show’s interactive elements and in-show purchase capabilities. Attendees will be able to purchase limited-edition Terrible, Thanks for Asking holiday merchandise in real-time during the show.
“Our platform was built for this moment and for storytellers like Nora,” said President of Stage TEN Studios, Mike Gaston. “The holidays can be a tough time for some of us in any year, but 2020, has felt like an endurance test. Live streaming, interactive video is how we can reify our relationships to one another. And there’s no one better to remind us that even when it’s tough to feel celebratory, at least we have each other.”
Episodes of Terrible, Thanks for Asking are available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.
About American Public Media
American Public Media® (APM) is the national programming and distribution division of American Public Media Group and reaches nearly 17 million listeners via approximately 1,000 radio stations nationwide each week. APM is one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world, with a portfolio that includes BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programs in the nation. APM offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism. For more information on APM, visit americanpublicmedia.org. Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio, Nationwide DMA data, Persons 12+, average of Fall ’19 and Spring ’20.
About Stage TEN
Stage TEN’s technology is changing the future of live, interactive content for creators and brands. Delivering the core capabilities of a broadcast control room in a simple web application, Stage TEN enables users to easily produce and distribute professional streams, allowing users to interact and transact with followers around the globe. Live shows can be monetized through transactions and multi-streamed to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter pages for ultimate reach.