Beginnings

On today's show we talk to stand-up Jackie Kashian. Based in Los Angeles, Jackie has been a touring comedian for the last fifteen years. She has her own Comedy Central Presents, was a finalist on Last Comic Standing and has appeared on everything from Tough Crowd to Premium Blend and even Murphy Brown. You can also hear her weekly on her fantastic podcast The Dork Forest, where she interviews people about their obsessions.

A few weeks ago, while in town for the inaugural NYC Podfest, Jackie came over to the Wrestling Team apartment to discuss the controversy over Shakespeare, the fiscal realities of performing and her one-person show. Then Andy and Mark discuss the coming class war!

Subscribe on iTunes and see us live at UCB East on Feb. 5th at 8pm with Andrew W.K., Opus Moreschi (head writer of The Colbert Report), Chris Gethard and Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars)! Don't miss this one!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Jackie_Kashian.mp3
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On today's show, we talk to Tom Purcell. Based in New York, Tom is the executive producer of The Colbert Report, and has won two Emmys for his work. Starting in Chicago with Second City, he eventually went on to write for Cosby, Bill Cosby's show from the late '90s and Grounded for Life with Donal Logue and Kevin Corrigan. In 2008, Tom joined Colbert and has been there ever since.

A few weeks ago, Tom came over to the Wrestling Team apartment while Colbert was on break for the holidays and chatted with Andy about writing as mourning, experience over intellectualization, working with Bill Cosby and juggling rusty scythes.

Subscribe on iTunes and see us live at UCB East on Feb. 5th at 8pm with musical guests The Heliotropes and some amazing special guests that we can't talk about yet! Don't miss this one!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Tom_Purcell.mp3
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Holy mackerel! This may very well be our most fun live show yet! On January 8th, we were joined by Erika Forster and Annie Hart from one of our favorite bands Au Revoir Simone, one of our favorite performers Josh Patten (performer at UCB and a writer on SNL Weekend Update), and one of our favorite artists Molly Crabapple (the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School). We laughed, we loved, we heard about their earliest creative memories. And even did a little demo work for a PR firm that paid us big buck$ to poll our audience!

Subscribe on iTunes and follow Andy and Mark on Twitter! See us live in February at UCB East! (probably!)

Direct download: Beginnings_Live_in_January.mp3
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On today's show we talk to writer and performer Sara Benincasa. While now based in LA, Sara got her start in New York, where she did everything from host a show on Sirius to make videos for the Huffington Post. She writes for Jane and Vice.com, and last year, her book Agorafabulous!, based on her-one woman show about her struggles with agoraphobia, was published by William Morrow.

Right before Christmas, we sat down with Sara at The PIT, hours before her stand-up show, and talked about everything from comedy in the wake of national tragedies, to income and privilege, to the time Andy bombed opening for Jonah Ray.

Subscribe on iTunes and see us on Saturday at the NYC Podfest with Halley Feiffer (The Squid and the Whale, Bored to Death), Julieanne Smolinski (Rolling Stone's 25 Funniest People on Twitter) and musical guest Mike Pace (Oxford Collapse, Worst Gig Ever podcast)!

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On today's show we talk to Nate Dern and John Frusciante, the Artistic and Associate Artistic Directors of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY. Founded in the late '90s by Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Amy Poehler, the UCB Theatre has come to prominence in the last decade as one of the best comedy theaters in the country, as well as a pipeline for many into industry careers, as graduates have gone on to Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Office and many other TV shows and movies.

Early in December, we sat down with Nate and John in the back of the UCB Training Center to talk about the nuts and bolts of running the Theatre and some of the difficulties they've faced.

Subscribe on iTunes and see us live at UCB East on Jan. 8th at 8pm with artist Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School) and Erika and Annie of indie rock band Au Revoir Simone; and at the NYC Podfest with Halley Feiffer (The Squid and the Whale, Bored to Death), Julieanne Smolinski (Rolling Stone's 25 Funniest People on Twitter) and musical guest Mike Pace (Oxford Collapse, Worst Gig Ever podcast)!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Nate_and_John_and_UCB.mp3
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