Learning To Fail
By Jason Scholder
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Hi there, welcome, and thank you for tuning in. My name is Jason Scholder and this is my podcast. Learning To Fail is my avenue for expanding the way I think and the things I think about. People are complicated, and I know a LOT of complicated people. That’s what this is about. Learning to Fail features people who’ve made my life… more interesting. Some of them are friends, others are teachers, and a lot of them are comedians. A good comedian has seen their share of failure, and as people go, they’re usually pretty complicated. As this podcast continues to fail, I mean grow, I hope to interview some of the world’s top thinkers and visionaries. I love Learning to Fail and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to these conversations as much as I enjoy having them.
||ExplicitEpisode 31 – Nick Taylor – Inside the Wall Part 1||Subscribe on iTunes Comedian and friend, Nick Taylor, stops by to say farewell before leaving Asheville for San Diego… and stays for 3 hours! Jason and Nick had only known each other for about a year when they recorded this, but as you will see,||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30 – Joel Pace – Deep in the Zone||Subscribe on iTunes Comedy Zone booker and comedy teacher, Joel Pace, joins Jason in the Green Room to talk about what it takes to make it as a comedian and some of the pitfalls new comics fall into. If you want to take comedy classes with Joel,||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29 – Grayson Morris – Am I a Weird Girl?||Subscribe on iTunes Comedian Grayson Morris takes her turn on the couch before leaving town for a whirlwind tour across the country. Grayson is a favorite among Asheville comedians, and even teaches her own comedy class from time to time.||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28 – Becca Steinhoff and Herbie Gill – Two Jokes Are Better Than One||Subscribe on iTunes New York based comedians Becca Steinhoff and Herbie Gill talk with Jason while visiting Asheville. After exchanging only a few words at an open mic, Jason realized he wanted the rest of their conversation to be recorded.||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27 – Kevin Gootee – Comics Watching Comics||Subscribe on iTunes In this episode Jason talks with comedian and actor, Kevin Gootee. Kevin works and performs in NYC and has a show called “Comics Watching Comics,” which just got picked up by Amazon Prime.||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26 – Sid Davis – Cruisin’ for Amusin’||Subscribe on iTunes Comedian Sid Davis sits down with Jason before they perform together for the first time in over a year. Meanwhile Jason has been to comedy school and Sid has started performing on cruise ships. It’s been a big year for everyone!||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25 – Caesar Lizardo – L.A. Comedy Confidential||Subscribe on iTunes Comedian, Caesar Lizardo, gets together with Jason during his trip to Los Angeles to talk about making your way as a new fish in the shark infested waters of Hollywood.||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24 – David Furman – The Story is in the Details||Subscribe on iTunes Internationally acclaimed artist, retired college professor and Fulbright scholar, David Furman, joins Jason to talk about art, spirituality, comedy and cancer. Not to mention a little Kathy Griffin and Goliath.||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23 – Paul Hefti – All That Jazz||Subscribe on iTunes Paul Hefti invites Jason into his home to discuss old times and the amazing story of his father, Jazz composer, Neil Hefti. They talk family, friendship and the unfathomable combination of luck and talent required to become the musi.||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22 – Jack Willhite – The Song Remains Insane||Subscribe on iTunes Musical comedian Jack Willhite joins Jason in the green room before their first of two shows heading into New Year’s Eve, 2017. Jack has some great stories about life on the road. It’s not an easy life, but he’s pretty easy wit||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 – Michael Hurd – There’s Something About Poly||Subscribe on iTunes A Polyamorist, a Buddhist, a Contractor, a Therapist and an Ecstatic Dancer walk into a podcast… and Jason records the whole thing! Enjoy this walk on the wild side with Jason’s good friend and confidant, Michael Hurd.||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20 – Bobby Slayton – In the Doghouse with the Pitbull of Comedy||Subscribe on iTunes Bobby Slayton has been headlining comedy shows for 40 years. He’s been in movies, TV shows, and done countless morning radio spots. For a time he even had his own room in Vegas. Not a small feat for any comedian!||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 – Chuck Roy – Failing Intergalactically||Subscribe on iTunes Comedian, Actor and Professor of comedy, Chuck Roy joins Jason for an epic discourse about making it as a comedian. Chuck is generous, creative and riding the wave of what’s happening now. Or is he creating it?||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 – JP Sears – Failing at Fear of Failure||Subscribe on iTunes JP Sears joins Jason via Skype to discuss how to become Ultra Spiritual and why taking the biggest risk of his life led JP to finally experience the success and joy he’d been avoiding for years.||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 – Terri Barton Gregg – Failing at Falderal||Subscribe on iTunes Terri Barton Gregg is a lifelong comedian who’s only been performing for 6 years. She has a presence that projects a lifetime of experience, despite her relatively brief history on stage.||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16 – Cecil Bothwell – Failing Without Fossil Fuels||Subscribe on iTunes Cecil Bothwell takes a seat on the couch to teach Jason about the inevitability of driverless technologies, and the importance of feeding the soil so the soil can feed you. Cecil is an author, politician, and progressive thinker.||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15 – David Lurey – Failing as a Foreigner||Subscribe on iTunes David Lurey is a native Asheville yoga teacher gone rogue. He lives an amazing life. Having grown up in this small mountain town, and leaving just before it became Manhattan’s 6th borough, David lives on an island in Spain,||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 – Jeff Messer – Failing at Radio Freedom||Subscribe on iTunes Jeff Messer just lost his job. For the past 4-1/2 years, he has been the voice of progressive talk radio in Asheville and beyond. In a flash, all of that was taken away from him. There was no warning, no explanation given.||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 – David Cohen – Failing at Funnies||Subscribe on iTunes David Cohen is a divinely balanced embodiment of wisdom, humility and humor — much like the editorial cartoons he draws for Asheville’s premier daily paper, The Citizen Times. I think you’ll really enjoy this glimpse into the m||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 – Jeffrey Goldwasser – Failing at Free Association||Subscribe on iTunes Jeffrey Goldwasser is a pillar in the Asheville community. Chiropractor, healer, elder and friend, Jeffrey offers a perspective that both enlightens and heals. His life hasn’t been easy. That’s what makes him interesting.||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 – Carlos Valencia – Failing at Faltering||Subscribe on iTunes Carlos Valencia stops by to educate Jason about life as a road comic. This is one of those conversations about comedy that comedians will really enjoy. The rest of you and my mother should listen as well.||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 – Janet Williams – Failing at Friending||Subscribe on iTunes The incomparable, intelligent and always hilarious Janet Williams (A.K.A. Tennessee Tramp) Joins Jason to talk comedy, race, religion, politics, criminal counseling and more comedy. Janet’s natural curiosity about life and her love||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 – Wes Clark Jr. – Failing on the Front Line||Subscribe on iTunes Activist, Veteran, and fellow boarding school survivor Wes Clark Jr. calls Jason to compare notes on how each has spent the last 30 years. Wes won. His life has been way more compelling and now he is a hero to many, including Jason.||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 – David Castro – Failing at Finishing||Subscribe on iTunes TV writer, comedian, playwright & intellectual, David Castro, visits Jason to spin yarn about the old days of Hollywood in a hilarious and informative conversation about how he got his start.||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 – Sean Patton – Failing Flawlessly||Subscribe on iTunes Jason sits down with the incomparable Sean Patton, the day after they perform together at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, Sean is one of the more amazing comedians on the road today.||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6 – Dave Made Me Do It – Failing at Freewheeling||Subscribe on iTunes Kelly Kreye and Dale Krupla crash in Jason’t guest room, eat a bunch of pancakes, and talk about their life on the road filming Season 2 of Dave Made Me Do It — a documentary style YouTube series about the various open mic comedy||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 – Julie Scoggins – Failing Infrequently||Subscribe on iTunes Road comic extraordinaire, Julie Scoggins, sits down with Jason between shows to discuss politics, religion, and most importantly, comedy. Julie is is a 19-year veteran comedian, and had a lot of great tips for Jason.||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 – Ryan Conrad – Failing to Feel Defeated||Subscribe on iTunes Yoga teacher and physical therapist, Ryan Conrad, joins Jason to talk about everything you might want to say and do when you’ve been told you only have 18 months to live. This interview took place about 6 months after Ryan found ou||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 – Adam Fields – Failing to Freak Out||Subscribe on iTunes LTF Podcast producer, Adam Fields, joins Jason in the studio to discuss the feelings he has in the wake of the 2016 Election results. Together, they try to make sense of it all. They tap into the nature and structure of existence,||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 – Scott Peterson – Failing at Friendship||Subscribe on iTunes Jason sits down with Voiceover Artist, Fine Woodworker, old friend and mentor, Scott Peterson, for a trip down memory boulevard. The streets are adorned with good times, bad ideas and wounds that needed healing.||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1 – Andy Rae – Failing at Furniture||Subscribe on iTunes Jason’s conversation with Master Craftsman, Andy Rae, kicks Learning To Fail into high gear, right off the bat. They spend the first hour geeking out about woodworking and the 2nd hour diving deep into the meaning of life.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 0 – Failing at Fundraising||LTF is Being Brought to You by YOU!||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thoughtful, conscientious and most importantly: funny!
Great listening for podcast lovers, and anyone interested in insightful humor and thought provoking material. I like the way Jason Scholder thinks and how he creates an open space for his guests to delve into fascinating material.
Beautiful, poignant, and refreshing
I'll be honest — I thought I would have a hard time getting through 2 hours, and I wasn't sure I'd find much to relate to when I saw the first episode was about woodworking (not being artistic myself). Wrong on both counts! The discussions were fascinating, beautiful, and deep. I was captivated, and when it was over, I felt like I used to feel upon leaving church: refreshed, uplifted, and inspired. I will reach for this whenever I need to feel connected.
A new favorite I tune in every week for
I love how each episode of Learning to Fail has it’s own unique flavor, as different as the people being interviewed. And Jason includes many different types of people on his show. Because of this, it always feels fresh and I make sure I never miss a single episode. I learn something each time I listen. Also, there is something profoundly comforting in listening to different walks of life talk about their failures and life lessons. A good reminder that we are more the same than we are different. I recommend this podcast to anyone!