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The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli

By Forever Dog Podcast Network

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What do all of your favorite comedians, actors, writers, and artists have in common? At some point, they’ve all completely failed. Comedian Don Fanelli sits down with folks at the top of their game to talk about the times their dreams felt more elusive than ever. These hilarious, heartbreaking, and incredibly relatable stories remind us that failure is not only necessary when pursuing a dream, but ultimately the inspiration that keeps us moving uncompromisingly forward. New Episodes Tuesdays.

Customer Reviews

Don Fanelli Is A Man.

Before this podcast, I would watch Don Fanelli strut through the UCB Theater like he owned the place. Because quite frankly, he's funny and powerful enough to do just that without interference from competition, authority, or even cosmic energy. And so I would applaud his presence and performances not only out of joy, but fear.
It has been extremely liberating and eye opening to listen to his stories of failure, hardship and perseverance. Don Fanelli is but a man. A man with insecurities and hardships.
I think I'm going to challenge him to physical combat the next time I see him, all with the newfound confidence (thanks to The Need to Fail Podcast) that I may be victorious. For he has been fed the bitter pill of failure before. But if I am the one who fails, this podcast has taught me that that's okay.


Don Fanelli is not only my favorite podcaster but also my best friend. When we went to a nice Italian dinner he ate my caesar salad and gave me his house salad because i was too scared to send my caesar back. The anchovies scares me. Anyways, Don’s parents are named Don and Donna. I have him hit me in the head with a little hammer everytime i say “good morning” in the afternoon. The Patreon extras for this show are good too. If you new to the podcast i suggest starting with the live ep with Jessica St Clair and also dm-ing me your home address.

Actual insight into the artistic soul

This is one of the most empathetic “talk to a comedian” podcasts out there. It really gets to how we tick, how we deal, how we keep going. It makes me feel less alone, if that makes sense.