It Happened Here
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Saturday, June 29

Richard Pryor was a comedy truth teller, who busted taboos about race, language, and sexuality. But what made Richard so raw and honest, was also the source of his troubled and tumultuous personal life – bouts of addiction, domestic abuse, and host of other personal demons, which culminated in a very public drug-induced meltdown on Parthenia Street in Los Angeles, where he lit himself on fire and ran down the street in an unhinged suicide attempt. We’ll travel to Richard’s hometown of Peoria, Illinois to find the source for his demons, and for his brilliant comedic mind – the elementary school where he first performed comedy, and the Community Center where he honed his craft, and to his compound on Parthenia Street in the San Fernando Valley, where he nearly died in 1980, before making a remarkable comeback. Show Less
Richard Pryor was a comedy truth teller, who busted taboos about race, language, and sexuality. But what made Richard so raw and hones...Show More

Legendary comedian Joan Rivers was a woman ahead of her time – the quintessential New York comic who paved the way for all female stand-ups who came in her wake. But her early life was filled with rejection, insecurity, and failure. And even after she did make it – and was primed to take over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson – a series of mistakes and misunderstandings lead to the suicide of her husband Edgar in 1987, causing her own despair and depression that she nearly succumbed to. We’ll visit the locations that shaped and impacted who Joan became – the street on Crown Heights in Brooklyn where she grew up; The Bitter End club in Greenwich Village, where a chance encounter with Lenny Bruce changed her life; the sprawling Bel Air mansion where she lived in the 1980s with her husband Edgar before his death; and a plastic surgeon’s office in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where years after her remarkable comeback, she died after a botched operation. Show Less
Legendary comedian Joan Rivers was a woman ahead of her time – the quintessential New York comic who paved the way for all female st...Show More

On August 5, 1962, silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in Brentwood, California of an apparent suicide. She was found by her housekeeper, face down on her bed, with an empty pill bottle at her side at the age of 36. Marilyn’s life was full of mysteries and contradictions, and we’ll visit the locations that tell her life story through that lens – the Hollygrove Home for Children, where Marilyn found herself living after her mother was institutionalized, Zuma Beach where she had her first modeling photo shoot; the small town of Hemet, California, where she would search for the man she thought was her father; San Francisco City Hall where she famously married Joe DiMaggio; The Actor’s Studio in New York City where she strove to be more than a Hollywood bimbo, but drove her to briefly be institutionalized herself; and outside the gates of her home in Brentwood, where her death shocked the nation. Show Less
On August 5, 1962, silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in Brentwood, California of an apparent suicide. She...Show More

Sunday, July 07

A prodigiously talented singer, Janis Joplin broke through rock and roll’s glass ceiling in the mid 1960s and became the first bona fide female rock superstar. But a serious alcohol addiction, and an on-again off-again dalliances with heroin tragically cost Janis her life at the age of 27. Being a gentle soul and a free spirit made Janis an outcast in her conservative hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, which is where our journey starts, before heading to the stage of Threadgill’s in Austin, where Janis found her voice and her confidence with the bluegrass group The Waller Creek Boys. In San Francisco, we’ll discover the North Beach bar where she met one of the loves of her life, and in Los Angeles, room 105 of The Landmark hotel, the room where Janis she spent her final night alive, and a hidden location across the street that might hold secret to her accidental overdose. Show Less
A prodigiously talented singer, Janis Joplin broke through rock and roll’s glass ceiling in the mid 1960s and became the first bona ...Show More

About It Happened Here

They are not marked, there are no signs or plaques, but these parking lots, pieces of sidewalk, open fields and mini markets are connected to some of the most controversial events in pop culture history. We’ll revisit the sites at the center of these stories for an eye-opening look at the events as they unfolded. You may think you know what happened, but you don’t really know the full story until you’ve walked in the final footsteps and retraced the places where it all began.