I had the opportunity to interview the iconic Joan Rivers on stage at Internet Week NY. Our 1-hour conversation covered some pretty interesting topics you don’t see her talking about often- social media and the impact on comedy, her own web series “In Bed With Joan”, and how at practically 80-years old she stays inspired and keeps hustling. She might get slammed a lot by the media and critics for being the brash personality that she is, but I must say, she is one of the most impressive women I’ve met. She’s been through so many ups and downs, yet continues pushing through and doing what she loves and was born to do. This interview definitely goes on my list as one my favorites and most memorable.
Got to do some fun interviews on the red carpet for the premiere of The Hangover Part III with Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong and Justin Bartha. Enjoy!
Was excited to participate in YouTube’s themed #ComedyWeek produced by JASH (EP’s of Jimmy Kimmel Live and in partnership with Michael Cera, Sarah SIlverman, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts). Along with What’s Trending I collaborated with Rhett and Link for the YouTube #ChallengeChallenge with a group of awesome Youtubers- We performed 11 challenges in 4 minutes. Some were gag worthy- enjoy!
What’s Trending also teamed up with #ComedyWeek to bring you the Top Talk Show Moments with commentary from the likes of Grace Helbig, Kassem G, Shay Carl, Sourcefed, Husky Starcraft and more:
I can’t believe that it’s almost April and I’ve barely updated my personal blog. Honestly, I’ve been so focused and busy building What’s Trending that I tend to forget about all this more personal Shira stuff that actually got all of this started. I’m committed to revamping this site and being more consistent here and on my personal vlog channel (yes! I am have one! ha!)
So what’s happened the past few months? Well the year started off with us livestreaming daily from the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas from Samsung’s booth on the show floor. We had everyone on from will.i.am to Russell Simmons and David Blaine.
Then it was the IAWTV Awards from Vegas where my team won Best Live Host and Best Live Hosted Series. We’re so knee deep in the process and working every day to build this, that it’s nice to step back and receive that recognition from the incredible creatives and pioneers around us.
Then it was back to the studio in 2013 with our daily What’s Trending shows! We hosted a Future of Interactive TV event with Newtek at the studio with Kevin Smith, Lisa Kudrow and Burnie Burns.
It was a 600 person party and Kevin even revealed plans for Clerks III which was pretty awesome and got picked up by a ton of folks including Deadline, Vulture and Slashfilm. That same weekend we celebrated the 3rd Annual Streamys Awards and won Best Live Hosted Series!
March came around and we headed to Austin for SXSW where we livestreamed daily from the Samsung Blogger Lounge where we got to hang with Shaq, Fred Armisen, John Cena, the cast of The Deadliest catch and many more amazing folks. For music, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus hosted us for some fun live chats with Dead Prez, Chuck D, Matt and Kim and other great musical talents.
Then I was off to Playlist Live for the 3rd year in a row- it’s the 2nd biggest convention for the YouTube space- and like the platform these events just keep on growing.
Finally back in LA for a weekend after a month of being on the road and it feels great! Looking forward to continuing my own personal growth this year and building What’s Trending into a next generation media brand that has impact around the world! Bring it on!
As an independent startup, this is a huge feat and we couldn’t have done this without the support of the web and tech community, as well as our dedicated team.
I grew up obsessed with talk shows and news magazines but over the years became deeply impassioned, inspired and empowered by the possibilities of the web. What’s Trending is a manifestation of that, and it’s just the beginning. We’re looking forward to embracing the disruption, pushing the boundaries and of course bringing all of you along the journey with us.