On today’s episode we talk to Jon Daly. Jon is an improviser and actor based in Los Angeles, who got his start on the influential improv team Mother at UCBNY in the early 2000s. Since then he’s acted on TV in Human Giant and Happy Endings and on film in Mystery Team and the forthcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. He performs regularly at UCBLA and also appears on Comedy Bang! Bang! as many different characters including Bill Cosby-Bukowski and Sappity Tappity, the drunk English rollerblading pine tree. A few weeks ago, Jon came over to the Manhattan Wrestling Team apartment, and on a rare Mark-less episode, Jon tries to convince Andy to relax and maybe try pot. We also learn about Jon’s first conscious memories as a human being and get in deep about the mid-90s Pittsburgh music scene! #letsdoit!

If you're at the Del Close Marathon, come see us interview Matt Wash of UCB and Veep at UCB East on Saturday morning at 1:15 am! And the next Beginnings: Live is at UCB East on July 10th at 8pm and we've got Dapwell and Heems from Das Racist and Nick Vatterott!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Jon_Daly.mp3
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On today’s episode we talk to Fran Kranz. Fran is an actor based in New York and LA, and his credits include films like Jake Kasdan’s The TV Set and television shows like Welcome to the Captain with Jeffrey Tambor. In the last few years, he’s been involved in a number of Joss Whedon projects, playing Topher Brink on Dollhouse and starring in the critically-acclaimed smash The Cabin in the Woods as stoner Marty Mikalski. Recently, he played the role of Bernard in the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. On Memorial Day, we sat down with Fran just as Salesman was finishing up its run and discussed eating food like an adult, what it’s like to be a character actor and working with Joss Whedon.

Live stuff! 6/21 Rockefeller Centaur: The Musical at UCB Chelsea, 6:30; 6/30 Beginnings at the Del Close Marathon w/Matt Walsh at UCB East, 1:15 am; 7/10 Beginnings Live w/Nick Vatterott and more! at UCB East, 8 pm.

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Fran_Kranz.mp3
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Hey, Beginzers! (Like a yinzer, but you listen to Beginnings!) We sat down with some of our favorite people on Tuesday the 12th at UCB East for a frank and somber discussion of the merits of the Spanish bank bailout. J/K! We totes just joked around and talked about our earliest creative memories. We were joined by Kurt Braunohler, the host of IFC’s fantastic new show Bunk and Dan McCoy, a writer on The Daily Show, as well as the band Moon Hooch, who played some music for us and told some amazing stories about their childhoods. It was a genuinely fun time for all, and now you can hear it with your earflaps!

And please come to our musical Rockefeller Centaur at UCB Chelsea on 6/21 at 6:30! We’ll have centaurs and a butt made of dollars!

Direct download: Beginnings_Live_June.mp3
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On today's episode of Field Guide, we talk about creativity and relationships with husband and wife performers Christian Finnegan and Kambri Crewes. Christian is a stand-up and actor who's been on Best Week Ever and has his own Comedy Central Presents. He also wrote for Colin Quinn's Tough Crowd and can be currently seen on the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? Kambri is a writer, storyteller and producer who ran the incredible comedy room Ochi's Lounge underneath Comix and currently produces shows at Luca Lounge. Recently, Villard published her first book Burn Down the Ground, a memoir of her childhood and growing up with deaf parents.

Plus, don’t miss us live! 6/12: Beginnings: Live at UCB East, 9:30pm w/ Kurt Braunohler (IFC’s Bunk), Dan McCoy (The Daily Show) and saxophone/drum trio Moon Hooch! Also 6/21: our musical Rockefeller Centaur at UCB Chelsea, 6:30pm!

Direct download: Beginnings_Field_Guide_-_Christian_and_Kambri.mp3
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