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Beginnings

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 and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences.

Sep 27, 2012

On today's show we talk to the primary member of the band The Mountain Goats, John Darnielle. John first started The Mountain Goats in college, originally as a lo-fi solo act, but since 2002 has recorded with a full band, which often includes Jon Wurster of Superchunk. Highly literate, emotionally intelligent and...


Sep 20, 2012

On today's show we talk to writer and performer Chris Gethard about The Chris Gethard Show. Starting as a stage show at the UCB Theatre in 2009, The Chris Gethard Show was a showcase for Gethard's love of akwardness, sadness and strange stunts. In 2011, Gethard took the show to it's bizarrely logical next step and...


Sep 13, 2012

Yams! This last Tuesday, Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show, founder of Air America Radio and author of Lizz Free or Die; David Rees, author of Get Your War On and How to Sharpen Pencils; and Carl Newman of The New Pornographers joined us for a fantastically fun episode taped live at UCB East. Beginnzers,...


Sep 6, 2012

On today's show, we talk to Chris Gethard. Chris is a writer and prformer based in New York City, who started with the UCB Theatre over a decade ago and currently performs on their house improv team The Stepfathers. UCB is also where he incubated The Chris Gethard Show, a Best Show-like program which can be found...