Hags co-hosts Riley Rose Critchlow and Nicole Wyland met on the set of a hit web show and have been creating feminist content together ever since. In 2016, they co-produced a gender-bending parody series called Get Bent, which highlights the way women are portrayed in Hollywood by putting women in the men's roles and vice versa. Their first release, "New Boy," is currently available on YouTube. In the spring of 2017, Riley and Nicole teamed up with "New Boy" director and head of Point of Blue Studios, Alex Reeves, to create Hags Podcast.
When we started out with our very first episode in 2017, our mission at Hags was to deconstruct and demystify the ways society values women. We began our journey on Hags by examining adjectives that are commonly used to describe women and the problematic ways in which they are interpreted, appropriated, and weaponized. Through 100 episodes we have met extraordinary women doing incredible things and found ourselves coming back to one undeniable truth - feminism is good for everyone.
No matter your gender, your sexual orientation, your age, your heritage, what type of body you live in, what color skin you have, your DNA, your parents, your nationality - no matter what - feminism is good for us all.
As we embark on our next 100 episodes, our mission is to continue learning, growing and questioning what we’ve been taught to accept as normal as we explore not only how society values women, but how feminism benefits everyone.
Weekly episodes of Hags are released every Tuesday and are available on iTunes, Stitcher and on our episodes page. If you like what you hear, check out our Patreon for bonus content, minisodes, behind the scenes video and thank you perks like personalized video messages, private Skype sessions and Hags merch! Thank you for listening :-)
Meet the HAGS team:
RILEY ROSE CRITCHLOW - HOST
Riley grew up on a small island in Maine, moving to Los Angeles to pursue a BFA in Acting from USC's School of Dramatic Arts. After graduating, Riley founded sketch comedy troupe Bowling for Tiffany, whose content caught the eye of Funny or Die, Tosh.0 and Discovery. Out of BFT, Riley and fellow comedian, Daniel Montgomery, formed comedy duo Mary-Kate and Ashtray. Riley has performed at SF Sketchfest and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and appeared (mostly as criminals) on such television shows as Southland, Rizzoli & Isles, American Horror Story, Timeless and S.W.A.T. She stars in Crunchyroll's Anime Crimes Division alongside Sungwon Cho, and in Julia Max's short film, Distortion, which is currently touring college campuses as a cornerstone of the Obama/Biden "It's On Us" campaign to end sexual assault.
NICOLE WYLAND - HOST
Nicole is an actress, writer, and vocalist. A native of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, Nicole received her degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. She is known for viral videos like freddiew's "Flower Warfare" which has garnered over 12,000,000 views. In addition to playing the role of Moriarty on the critically acclaimed webseries Video Game High School, Nicole writes and performs sketch comedy for her YouTube channel. Her parody Lady Gaga music video has been viewed over 12,000 times. In 2015, Nicole founded Verdant Pine Productions, a production company focused on female driven content where she has since produced several award-winning short films. Nicole is looking forward to producing her first feature early next year.
ALEX REEVES - PRODUCER
Alex is an award-winning director, producer, and sound designer. Born in New York City and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Alex moved to Los Angeles in 2006 where he began a career as a television editor working on such modern classics as Supernanny, The Real Housewives of New York, and BBQ Pitmasters. In 2011, Alex opened Point of Blue Studios, a production company based in North Hollywood where he has since produced and directed multiple award-winning documentaries, short films, music videos, and commercials. He was the resident recording engineer for RocketJump Studios’ podcast network from 2013-2015, and his sound design work can be heard on Comedy Central, Hulu, and Funny or Die. Alex is the other half of Hollywood power couple “Nicolex” and lives with his wife (Nicole Wyland) and two cats (Milo and Winnie) in West Hollywood.