About Us

The Story Behind Our Podcast

Behind The Mic

Melissa Brilliant

Show Host

Born in Jamaica, New York, Melissa is annoyed that her kids are “from Philly.” Poor at family planning, Melissa had her children thirteen months apart. Volunteering, knitting, reading, writing and caring for her three broken dogs takes up most of her time. Married in the suburbs is a stepping stone to the armchair rockstar she harbors inside.

Jessica Kupferman

Show Host

Jessica Kupferman is a podcaster, speaker and marketing professional based in Wilmington, DE with her 2 sons, one toddler and one teenager, and her husband of almost 15 years. She dreams of owning a beach house and living in a world where she never really has to leave the house. Learn more at jessicakupferman.com.

John Bukenas

Show Producer

John is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor. John began his career in the 2012 and worked with several podcasts including She Podcast, Off in the Weeds, Brand X Podcast. John is most well known for his horrible short term memory and Southern New Jersey accent. Learn more at audioeditingsolutions.com.

About Our Show

Melissa Brilliant and Jessica Kupferman have been friends for almost 25 years. They met in college, when Jessica joined an a cappella group. Melissa's roommate was a member of that group, and she came to all the performances and pretended she couldn't sing. Many, many weddings, births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and funerals later, they decided to create a podcast so others could enjoy their particular brand of biting and observational humor. 

Both Jessica and Melissa are Jewish, married to men, and moms. Both go to synagogue on Yom Kippur. Both have curly hair. Both are neurotic. They live about 40 minutes apart, in the upper Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania area and live very close to their producer, John Bukenas, located is in southern New Jersey. 

Jessica has pursued a career in online marketing and currently focuses on podcast marketing and business development, where she met John. John literally tricked her and her co-host Elsie Escobar of She Podcasts into editing their show, and it has been mutual love and affection ever since. He brings an extra special flavor to their comedy cake, both as a man and as a....Gelman of sorts. 

What else do you want to know? You'll have to listen to the show for more. We can't be summed up in 3 paragraphs, I mean, none of us are Shakespeare for Christs' sake. 

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We're a non-profit team of podcasters. We are bringing you our best every time, even though not every episode is the Jack Benny show, we're trying our best here. Feel free to donate to our Patreon page if you're feeling generous.