First Day Back is a documentary podcast series about people facing and trying to overcome life’s most challenging moments.  Each season, host and creator Tally Abecassis tells the story of someone attempting their own personal comeback.


In 2019, First Day Back is back. 


On May 3rd 2017, comedian Jason Weems collapsed on stage from an asthma attack. His heart stopped beating for a full 5 minutes. Jason was lucky enough to be revived by a member of the audience. 

 

Now the Baltimore comedian is dealing with his death the only way he knows how: by making jokes about it. Jason wants to turn these jokes into a 1 hour special that he hopes will make him a household name.

 

For the past year, Tally Abecassis and the First Day back team have been following the life and career of Jason Weems, a man who lives and died for comedy.

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drellabetty
Jul 21 '19
Rating:   10
Mesmerizing

I was drawn in by the first word. She is a wonderful storyteller.

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Coughie87
May 22 '19
Rating:   8
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jodijodijodijodijodijodi
May 12 '19
Rating:   10
Good show.

Really enjoyed this. Boy did I connect to season 1!!!!

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Ida21doll
May 8 '19
Rating:   10
I love this podcast

I like Tally approach to the topics

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HonestlyCook
May 8 '19
Rating:   2
Disappointing

Stick to story telling.

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Winnieray
Apr 12 '19
Rating:   10
Tally is an Amazing storyteller.

I have listened to each of Tally’s 3 seasons. Her work is compelling and makes you feel a part of her interviews/podcasts. Each season is totally different and each on its own is completely worth your time. She has a knack for tapping onto humanity on such a relatable basis.

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iAuntyDee
Apr 3 '19
Rating:   10
3rd season was wonderful - my 1st review

Heard the tail end of an NPR interview with a comedian, Jason Weems, who died on stage. Had to look him up and then found a podcast about him. I really enjoyed the podcast and had to take the time to do a review so that others might find it too.

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Becky Wolsk
Mar 31 '19
Rating:   10
Riveting podcast-documentary series

I am an avid podcast listener and the quality of this one inspired me to write a review—the choice of topics, the way they are narrowed down into interesting and unsettling and humane episodes. Bravo to the creators.

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SMB3champ
Mar 6 '19
Rating:   10
Deep. Heartfelt. Touching.

I started listening to Season 3 because I know and admire Jason Weems, both as a comic and a person. It was amazing to hear his story and his journey of recovery, reflection, and appreciation. Brought tears to my eyes. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. The episodes were well produced and the flow was organic. Thank you for sharing this touching story!

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bethegg
Mar 6 '19
Rating:   10
Love this podcast!

It’s 2019 and I’m new to the podcast scene... I started with Season 2 and now listening to Season 1 (so a bit backwards). I laughed out loud (as our household is very much like the one the man described) as the wife who does the yard work. He just described our next door neighbor to a tee! Fantastic! Keep up the good work and I’ll be spreading the word to my fellow working moms/friends. I am working part-time for now (which is fine/doable but also I assumed my transition back into my career full-time would be waaaaay easier—our son is five). This podcast is needed and is great listening! I somehow wandered onto your podcast and glad I did... it’s speaks directly to me. Thank you!

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grimkitty1
Mar 2 '19
Rating:   2
I hope the second season is better.

The first is about a mother going back to work after 6 years off having had 2 kids. She lives in Quebec where they get one year paid child leave after having a child. Boohoo poor her. Totally unrelatable to me.

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gg88888ssss
Feb 27 '19
Rating:   10
Love this show! Brilliant 3rd Season

It feels like it’s been two years between season two and three. However, this show has the most amazing storytelling. You forget the interviewer is there and get lost in the story. I’m so glad you guys are back! The first two seasons were amazing as well! Thank you for such a great show. Update- brilliant third season! Loved it!

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glkh1
Feb 27 '19
Rating:   8
Really enjoyed

Season 1 was so relatable - thank you Tally for keeping it real. I love where you transitioned in season 2 - very clever. I’m still listening and really enjoying.

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Maxarino87
Feb 5 '19
Rating:   10
Like art in my ears

I started with season 2- it was so engaging. I would cry while I walked my dog. Now I just finished season 1 and I weep. I feel this story in my gut. Thank you. Also, your boys are magic and their voices might be my favorite part of the whole thing. How is Jack so articulate?? He’s right, what you do is “Fascinating”. Thanks again for this beautiful work.

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Alystrup
Feb 5 '19
Rating:   10
I so relate!

I’m on episode 3 and I’ve cried at least 7 times. I was a stay at home mom for 13.5 years and I’ve been back to work for 6 months. It’s been hard on me and I relate so much to everything said here. It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

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Jason Weems
Jan 31 '19
Rating:   10
First Day Back Season 3: Jason Weems

Hi. Full disclosure, I AM JASON WEEMS, the actual subject of Season 3, so this review may be a bit skewed 😂. I’m joking, it’s what I do for a living. Hell, I even DIED for it. In all seriousness, this podcast is phenomenal. Tally and I became instant friends when she began shadowing & documenting my story back in December of 2017. At that point I was only 7 months removed from the incident of dying from a severe/ sudden asthma attack on May 3, 2017 in Philly. Much of the trauma I endured from it was still fresh and just beneath the surface (and it still very much is). Talking with Tally & her producer Marc in such great length over the course of the following year was beyond instrumental with my mental health in dealing with dying & my recovery process. It gave me a constant sounding board which was invaluable. It was therapy without the co-pay & who doesn’t love FREE THERAPY ??? I’m so overjoyed that Season 3 is finally underway & that I get to share my story & testimony with you all. It was a long tough year getting through this while still juggling a full time comedy career, 3 small boys, marriage & everything in between, but it was all so worth it. Thank you Tally, Marc and the entire First Day Back team for making me Podcast Famous & telling my story in such a unique and masterful way. I love you all forever ❤️.Jason “Season 3” Weems PS- Thank You ALL for listening & taking this journey with me. The weight is a lot lighter with all of you carrying it with me. I hope you all enjoy. 🎧

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SusanHayes
Jan 29 '19
Rating:   10
Enthralling

Beautifully executed. Engaging and enthralling. I soak in every word Tally presents and feel enriched. Brilliant !!!!

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RM18CDA
Jun 6 '18
Rating:   10
So good!!

I listened to season 1 as I was headed back to work myself following a maternity leave. It explored all the thoughts and emotions I was experiencing! Season 2 was excellent as well! A compelling story and very well told.

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nhuniverse
May 9 '18
Rating:   8
Season 2 is really good

I loved Lucy’s story from season 2. I hope season 3 is similar. Very personal which is what draws me in.

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tracyleigh63
Apr 16 '18
Rating:   10
Fantastic podcast!

I am so glad I found your podcast! Lucie's story had me binge listening the whole season in one day. The narration, production and music is really professional and I got the sense Tally really cares about what Lucie has been through. Such an unimaginable tragedy, and a story well told. Looking forward to season 3!

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