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The Happy Never After Podcast

Welcome to The Happy Never After Podcast!

Meet Mara & Andrew: New York City comedians with DIVORCE in common. Each week, three- time divorcée Mara Marek, and "#ChildofDivorce" Andrew Collin, feature a guest with who has been affected by divorce. From stories to laughter, to moments that might make you cringe, hear the stories that make dealing with divorce a little easier, and a little bit funnier. Join us to hear these stories and find laughter on the other side.HNA Hosts, Mara Marek & Andrew Collin  (with Frank) at their show, Chicken Salad, an Indie Show featured in the 2017 Brooklyn Comedy Festival  Image by JW Photography

Nov 14, 2017

WARNING: This episode contains graphic description of domestic abuse, in case you may be sensitive to this topic. Also, we have included resources at the bottom of the episode description, as well as our Facebook page to assist if you, or if someone close to you is affected by domestic abuse.


Lisa, friend of Mara’s from her triathlon days, joins the happy Never After crew to share her story of calculated, Long game manipulation, which ended long after physical abuse came into the picture. Mara relates with her own past and Andrew is just concerned about what’s on the menu at Denny’s. Relationships aren’t always as pretty as the Instagram filter makes them.


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*New York City Shows*

NOVEMBER 26— Chicken Salad with Andrew Collin & Mara Marek

New York Comedy Club

241 East 24th St.

New York, NY 10010 


7PM Show 

Tickets available through NY Comedy Club



DECEMBER 7—  Prenup! Hosted by Mara Marek

Stand Up NY

236 West 78th Street

New York, NY 10024 


DECEMBER 18-22Mara Marek is headlining A L L  W E E K  at The Creek & the Cave with Andrew Collin 

1093 Jackson Avenue, Long Island NY

Between 7 Vernon Jackson and G 21st Ave

Box Office: 646-944-9255 

Learn more at The Creek and The Cave’s Website


DECEMBER 23— It’s a Long Story with Andrew Collin & Alison Leiby

UCBT East Village

153 East 3rd St, New York, NY 10009




Twitter: @HNApod

Mara: @MaraMarek

Andrew: @AndrewtCollin

Instagram: @HappyNeverAfterPodcast

Mara: @MaraMarek

Andrew: @AndrewTCollin



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Reconstructing Hope— NYC based best in class non-profit charity whose mission is to support, empower, and educate survivors of domestic violence seeking aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and counseling, at no cost to the survivors. 


120 East 56th St, Suite 800R

New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 779-1838

Fax: (212) 779-1317




National Hotlines and Websites

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 

1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)


National Dating Abuse Helpline 



Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center 

International Toll-Free (24/7) 

1-866-USWOMEN (879-6636)


National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp 

1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)


National Sexual Assault Hotline 

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Here is their national Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat them online HERE.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

1-800-273-8255 (TALK)


National Center for Victims of Crime 



The National Domestic Violence Hotline

24/7 hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233). 


National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project 

Call: 1-888-373-7888 | Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)



 The Anti-Violence Project offers a free bilingual (English/Spanish) crisis intervention hotline staffed 24/7 by trained counselors for those who have experienced anti-LGBTQ violence; call 212-714-1141 or report online.