By Andy Beckerman
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We all know the stories of how creative people get into the business of creating for a living, but how did they start using their imaginations in the first place? On the Beginnings podcast, writer and performer Andy Beckerman asks well-known comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences, and examines the many different ways a creative life can unfold. www.beginningspod.com
||CleanField Guide episode 29: Karan Bajaj on Writer's Block and Travel||I used to do bonus episodes of the show somewhat regularly called "Field Guides" where I'd talk to people about the actual steps they took to create a project or about a specific topic around the theme of creating things for a living. Like, I talked...||4/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 264: Bonnie McFarlane||On today's episode, I talk to stand-up and writer Bonnie McFarlane. Bonnie hails from Canada, where she grew up on a small farm in Alberta. An accomplished stand-up, she's appeared on everything from The Tonight Show to Letterman to Last Comic...||4/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 262: Dylan Marron||On today's episode, I talk to writer and actor Dylan Marron. Dylan is a Drama Desk-nominated writer & performer based in New York City. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the co-creator and performer...||4/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 261: Larkin Grimm||On today's episode, I talk to musician Larkin Grimm. A descendent of the Brothers Grimm themselves, Larkin grew up in a monastic order called The Holy Order of MANS. Spending her childhood in rural Georgia, Larkin eventually earned a scholarship...||3/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 260: Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg||On today's episode, I talk to musician Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg. Scott grew up in Stockton, California where he met his childhood friend and future bandmate Stephen Malkmus. Along with drummer Gary Young, the two formed Pavement in 1989, and...||3/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 259: Curtis Gwinn||On today's episode, I talk to TV writer Curtis Gwinn. Originally from Chicago, Curtis grew up in the suburbs outside of New York City, eventually finding his way to UCB. There he became a teacher and performer, and co-founded the team Death by...||3/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 258: Gareth Reynolds||On today's episode, I talk to comedian Gareth Reynolds. Gareth's parents originally hail from the UK, but Gareth was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He's co-created The Travel Channel show Mancations and the MTV show Failosophy, he's written for the...||3/9/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 257: Jacqueline Novak||On today's episode, I talk to stand-up and writer Jacqueline Novak. Easily one of the best and most creative stand-ups in New York, Jacqueline has been performing for over a decade. She has her own comedy album Quality Notions, she's appeared...||3/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 256: Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano||On today's episode, I talk to the creators of the new HBO show Animals Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. Phil and Mike are from New Jersey and Long Island respectively, and while working at an advertising agency together, the two created the webseries...||2/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 255: Geneva Carr||On today's episode, I talk to Tony-nominated actor Geneva Carr. Geneva is a film, theater and television actor originally from Jackson, Mississippi. After studying French at Mount Holyoke, she moved to Paris and began a career in the world of...||2/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 254: Streeter Seidell||On today's episode, I talk to comedian and writer Streeter Seidell. Streeter first gained popularity as part of the cast of CollegeHumor's online videos, including the viral series Prank Wars. This led to an MTV series with his fellow...||2/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 253: Alex Ross Perry||On today's episode, I talk to filmmaker Alex Ross Perry. Alex was raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and attended NYU, where he graduated from their film program. In 2009, he made his first feature film Imipolex on a shoestring budget, and since then,...||2/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 252: Rick Moody||On today's episode - the sixth anniversary of Beginnings - I talk to writer Rick Moody. Rick was born in New York City, and attended Brown and Columbia universities. His first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor’s Choice...||1/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 251: Andrew Keoghan||On today's episode, I talk to musician Andrew Keoghan. Originally from New Zealand, Andrew is a Brooklyn-based indie pop/folk artist. His first album Arctic Tales Divide was released in 2011, and was short-listed for a Taite Music Prize, which is...||1/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 250: Laura Cantrell||On today's episode, I talk to New York-based country music artist Laura Cantrell. Born in Nashville, TN, she came to New York to attend Columbia, and found that her abiding interest in country music helped her stay connected with her family roots....||1/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 249: Xenia Rubinos||On today's episode, I talk to Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist Xenia Rubinos. Originally from Hartford, CT, Xenia was raised in a multicultural household by a Cuban father and a Puerto Rican mother. And bits and pieces of her...||1/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanField Guide episode 28: Making a TV Show w/ Naomi Ekperigin||Happy New Year's Eve, friends! Instead of a new guest this week - I didn't want them to get lost in the holiday shuffle - I thought I'd try something I haven't done in a few years. I used to do bonus episodes of the show called "Field Guides"...||12/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 248: Gabrielle Smith||On today's episode, I talk to musician Gabby Smith, the woman behind the band Eskimeaux. As Gabby puts it in an interview with Stereogum, Eskimeaux began slightly to spite an ex-boyfriend that accused her of not doing anything. So overnight in 2007,...||12/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 247: Daniel Kibblesmith||On today's episode, I talk to comedy writer Daniel Kibblesmith. Originally from Chicago, Daniel has has done many cool comedy things in his career. This includes being a contributing writer for The Onion News Network, writing for Buzzfeed and...||12/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 246: Ed Askew||On today's episode, I talk to painter and singer-songwriter Ed Askew. Born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1940, Ed left in the early '60s to attend Yale Art School. In 1967, he moved to New York in the middle of the burgeoning Greenwich Village...||12/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 245: Mehran Khaghani||On today's episode, I talk to comedian Mehran Khaghani. Born in London to Iranian parents, Mehran grew up partly in Iran and mostly in the suburbs of Boston. In 2007, he began pursuing stand-up as a career and quickly became a Boston favorite,...||12/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 244: Kevin Barker||On today's episode, I talk to musician Kevin Barker. From 1995 to 2002, Kevin was a member of the wonderful indie rock band Aden, whose four albums were released on the fantastic label TeenBeat. At the same time, Kevin had his own solo-ish...||11/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 243: Aya Cash||On today's episode, I talk to actor Aya Cash. The daughter of a poet and a Buddhist teacher, Aya grew up in San Francisco. After moving to New York, she was cast in a number of plays, films and TV shows, including Zoe Kazan's play Trudy and Max In...||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 242: Kurt Heasley||On today's episode, I talk to musician Kurt Heasley. A Floridian by birth, Kurt spent his early years in Hopatcong, NJ and in Virginia Beach. In 1988, he recorded a demo tape which he gave to Slumberland Records boss Mike Schulman. Schulman was so...||11/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 241: Anika Pyle||On today's episode, I talk to musician Anika Pyle. Originally from Monument, Colorado, Anika moved to New York with some friends to play music. And in 2012, she, along with Drew Johnson, Doug McKeever, and Dan Frelly, formed the...||11/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 240: Ted Alexandro||On today's episode, I talk to stand-up and activist Ted Alexandro. A New York native, Ted has been performing comedy for over 20 years and was called one of the linchpins of New York comedy by Time Out. He's performed on Letterman, Conan, Jimmy...||10/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 239: Briana Marela||On today's episode, I talk to musician Briana Marela. A Seattle native, Briana knew she wanted to be a musician from a young age. In 2010 she released her first album Water Ocean Lake, and two years later Bicycle Records put out her next one Speak...||10/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 238: Marina Franklin||On today's episode, I talk to stand-up and writer Marina Franklin. Originally from Chicago, she moved to New York in 1997 after getting her Master's degree in theater. Two short years later, she made the decision to pursue comedy as a career and since...||10/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 237: Leslye Headland||On today's episode, I talk to writer and director Leslye Headland. Leslye began her career in showbiz as an assistant to film producer Harvey Weinstein. But her career as a professional filmmaker began in 2012 when her...||10/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 236: Ted Rall||On today's episode, I talk to political cartoonist and writer Ted Rall. Originally from Kettering, Ohio, Ted's cartooning career began at Columbia University, where he contributed to a number of publications. Since then, his comics have been...||10/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 235: Murray Miller||On today's episode, I talk to TV writer Murray Miller. Originally from the Bay Area, Murray began his comedy career as a stand-up and moved into TV writing from there. He's written for a number of great shows including Clone High, King of the Hill and...||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 234: Jack Stansbury||On today's episode, I talk to musician Jack Stansbury. Jack's family dates back to the founding of America, and Jack grew up on the not-so-mean streets of Baltimore. Since 2013, he's been releasing music under the name Princess Reason, and...||9/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 233: Tommy Blacha||On today's episode, I talk to TV writer Tommy Blacha. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Tommy came to TV writing through the Chicago comedy scene. Besides his writing for the WWE, if there's been a weird comedy in the last two decade, chances...||9/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 232: Jane Espenson||On today's episode, I talk to TV writer Jane Espenson. Originally from Ames, Iowa, Jane turned to TV writing after going to school to study computer science and linguistics. And if you can namecheck a beloved hourlong dramedy with a sci-fi bend,...||9/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 231: Live at UCB Sunset with Ron Funches, Andy Kindler, Nick Thorburn, Mike Eagle and John Gemberling||On today's episode, taped live at UCB Sunset on August 3rd, 2015, I'm joined by five of my favorite comedians and musicians: stand-up and actors Ron Funches and Andy Kindler, actor and improvisor John Gemberling, and...||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 230: Dash Shaw||On today's show I talk to comic book writer/artist Dash Shaw. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Dash studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is the author of numerous graphic novels. These include Love Eats...||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 229: Katie Eastburn||On today's show I talk to musician Katie Eastburn. Katie grew up mostly in Nashville (with stints in Hawaii and Colorado), before migrating to San Francisco to choreograph dance and produce musicals. There she met guitarist Jeff Rosenberg of the...||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 228: Jon Fine||On today's show I talk to musician and editor Jon Fine. Currently, Jon is the executive editor of Inc. magazine. But before he turned to journalism, he was a rock guitarist, most famously in the indie rock band Bitch Magnet. Jon also played...||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 227: Pete Toms||On today's show I talk to cartoonist Pete Toms. Born in New York, Pete works in the comics industry as a colorist and on his own web comics as a writer and artist. Much like Wonder Showzen, Pete's comics are a wonderful mix of surreality,...||8/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 226: Christian Gibbs||On today's show I talk to musician Christian Gibbs. Originally from San Diego, Christian has had a pretty varied musical career. He's played lead guitar in the UK band Modern English (who you might remember for their hit "I Melt With You"),...||7/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 225: Michael Rault||On today's show I talk to musician Michael Rault. Michael is a Toronto based singer, guitarist and songwriter who fronts his own eponymously named band and also plays as a member of Slim Twig's group. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, he's...||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 224: Betsy Stover and Ari Voukydis||On today's show I talk to comedians and spouses Betsy Stover and Ari Voukydis. Almost two decades worth of students and performers at UCB owe their education to Betsy and Ari, who have been teaching and performing at the theatre since...||7/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 223: Samara Lubelski||On today's show, I talk to musician Samara Lubelski. Samara grew up in an artistic community in SoHo, New York in the 1970s. She began her music career playing in the "dark-rock" band Of a Mesh, and since then has been a member of numerous groups...||7/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 222: Angel Deradoorian||On today's show, I talk to musician Angel Deradoorian. Originally from California, Angel was a member of the popular indie rock band Dirty Projectors, joining before the Rise Above tour. Angel was part of the band for their breakout album Bitte...||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 221: Peptalk||On today's show, I talk to Shayna Dunkelman, Michael Anthony Carter and Angelica Negron who together make up the experimental pop group Peptalk. Individually, Shayna grew up in Japan, and also plays in the bands Xiu Xiu, Glasser and Balun, a band that...||6/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 220: Glockabelle||On today's show I talk to musician Annabelle Cazes AKA Glockabelle. Annabelle grew up in Westchester, NY and studied for many years in Paris with an aim to become a concert pianist. After having a taste of that lifestyle however, she turned her...||6/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 219: Adam Pally||On today's show I talk to actor Adam Pally. Adam got his start in comedy at UCB performing on the theater's reknowned improv team Death by Roo Roo, and in the trio Hot Sauce with Brooklyn 99 writer (and former Beginnings guest) Gil Ozeri and Parks and...||6/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 218: Yassir Lester / Heben Nigatu||On today's show I talk to comedian and writer Yassir Lester. Originally from Marietta, GA, Yassir is based in Los Angeles. An accomplished stand-up, Yassir is also a TV writer and has written for Adult Swim shows like Black Dynamite and Mr. Pickles....||6/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 217: Jack Womack||On today's show I talk to author Jack Womack. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Jack moved to New York in 1977, and his first novel Ambient was published a decade later. Ambient was the first in his "Dryco" series which includes Terraplane,...||5/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Hey, have you heard this?
You should try hearing it! These dudes always have funny and insightful chats with some of the most respected people in comedy!
Don't expect to hear the comedians telling the same story about how they were the class clown growing up. These guys get deep into what it is that drives someone to become a comedian, and the various successes and failures along the way.
Now maybe you haven't heard of one of the comedians on a given episode. Well, listen anyway. It's great insight into what it is that sets these people apart from not just non-comedy types, but also each other, famous or not.
This podcast is just the Beginning(s)...
There are plenty of interview podcasts out there, but this is one of the better, nay best ones. Andy and Mark already have a great rapport with each other, but throw in another comedian and you're in good hands. Their quick wit and silly premises are combined with really interesting stories from the interviewee instead of a boring step by step timeline of how the comedian got to where they are. Not only is it funny, but it's really neat to listen to what all these folks went through and how different each story is. Just the varying views of comedy and life in general is enough for you to listen to it. Well...go on and listen, ya silly head!