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Rising Stars: Meet Kristine Kimmel and Danielle Koenig

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristine Kimmel and Danielle Koenig. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Danielle and Kristine first met in 2008 as comedy writers on the television show “The Dish.” They quickly bonded over their love of classic sitcoms, intense anxiety, and Diet Coke. Over the years of their friendship, they longed to collaborate on a creative project together, but work schedules and parenting small children kept them from fulfilling this dream. The pandemic gave them a chance to re-connect creatively. In October of 2021, the comedy podcast “How to Survive With Danielle & Kristine” was born. The format is part life-saving advice and part storytelling hilarity. It has featured some of Danielle and Kristine’s favorite friends, including Oscar Nunez from The Office, Lauren Ash from Superstore, and award-winning comedians such as Paul F. Tompkins and Laurie Kilmartin.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When we started, we were incredibly fortunate to have a champion in our corner: our podcast production company “Misfit Toys.” They loved our concept out of the gate and gave us complete creative freedom. Because we had been friends years before starting the podcast, we came into the show with a natural and playful camaraderie. Our years in television gave us the research skills necessary to build compelling episodes. Given that we have a combined history of nearly two decades in Hollywood, we have a long roster of talented and hilarious storytelling friends to guest on “How to Survive With Danielle & Kristine” and share their tales of woe and humiliation. Garon Cockrell, our editor and producer, is not only essential to editing our episodes, but his periodic on-air contributions have made him a favorite of our listeners. Of course, we’ve had struggles like any new business. The main one is the realization that we are now running a business! We are learning as we go, making mistakes along the way, but having a lot of fun in the process.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Our podcast “How to Survive With Danielle & Kristine” is a comedic podcast about surviving the things that might kill you and the stuff that makes you wish you were dead. We face our worst fears with humor, humility, and Google each week. And if we forget a tip here or there, our natural chemistry born of a true friendship and the shared experience of being comedy writers will see us through another day. It’s “Mythbusters” meets “I Love Lucy.” Our guests, often some of our closest friends, stop by to delight us with wild tales of hilarity, embarrassment, and humiliation. We feel particularly proud of the warm response we’ve received from our listeners- they make this entire experience such a blast! From the creative listener art they’ve shared to their own harrowing survival stories, it’s been gratifying to interact with our audience. While we are yet another comedy podcast in a sea of comedy podcasts, we offer some nuggets of wisdom to each episode, while the word wisdom might be a stretch!

What matters most to you? Why?
Our goal, first and foremost, with “How to Survive With Danielle & Kristine” is to make our listeners laugh. While we do offer actual practical advice, we are by no means experts and don’t position ourselves as such. We are comedians, writers, and moms with enough anxiety between us to keep a team of therapists busy for years. We assumed we weren’t the only ones struggling in these insane times (and we’ve been proven right). What better way to relieve some of that stress than a podcast!

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Matt Belknap, Garon Cockrell

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