Beginnings

On today's show we talk to filmmaker Hal Hartley. Since his first feature film, 1988's The Unbelievable Truth, Hal has been creating stylistically singular narratives that are rich in deadpan humor and poetic, measured dialogue. Since then, he has explored this style further with 11 more features and garnered a number of nominations and awards from places like Sundance and Cannes. Hal is also a musician and has created the soundtracks for most of his films.

A few weeks ago, Hal welcomed Mark and Andy into his apartment in the shadow of LaGuardia's flight paths to discuss space in comedy, mechanical structures vs. story structure, how directing a film is like running a construction site, and stories of Hartley family mishaps. And in the wrap-up, Andy and and his fiancee share some stories of their own mishaps.

Also, check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see us live at the Del Close Marathon on June 29th with DC Pierson and Billy Merritt and live at UCB East on July 2nd with Wyatt Cenac, Mandy Stadtmiller (deputy editor of xoJane), musical guest Xenia Rubinos and a special guest from the world of hip hop!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Hal_Hartley.mp3
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We had a real blast at maybe one of my favorite live episodes that we've yet taped! A few weeks ago, we were joined by Joe Randazzo (The Onion, AdultSwim.com), Larry Livermore (founder of Lookout! Records), Jamie Lee (Girl Code, Last Comic Standing), musical guest Brother JT (Thrill Jockey, Drag City), and a special appearance buy the great Talib Kweli. Listen and enjoy!
 
Also, check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see us live at the Del Close Marathon on June 29th and live at UCB East on July 2nd with Wyatt Cenac, Mandy Stadtmiller (deputy editor of xoJane), musical guest Xenia Rubinos and a special guest from the world of hip hop!

Direct download: Beginnings_Live_in_June.mp3
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On today’s show we talk to cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt. Based in Brooklyn, Lisa has been making mini-comics for years, garnering a number of awards for her work, including Ignatz Awards in 2009 and 2010. Her cartoons have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer and many other publications, and this year, Drawn and Quarterly released her first book My Dirty Dumb Eyes.

Last week, Lisa stopped by Andy’s new place in Harlem to discuss everything from horses, cats and animal deaths to school popularity and becoming self-conscious. And of course, exactly what you might expect from a comedy podcast: class consciousness; guilt and privilege; and anxiety and depression!

Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see us live at the Del Close Marathon on June 29th and live at UCB East on July 2nd!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Lisa_Hanawalt.mp3
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On today's show we talk to comedian Mary Mack. Graduating college with degrees in clarinet performance and conducting, Mary began her professional career as a music teacher. She soon gravitated towards comedy and since 2007 has performed at the Vancouver Comedy Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs and on TV on Live at Gotham and Last Comic Standing.

A few weeks ago, Mary stopped by Andy's new place in Harlem while she was in town for a few days. While the episode's short, we talked about many things including: confusing you and the character you play, Monk Castle, the mistake on the lake, and not paying your taxes. Plus, we debut a brand new segment!

Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see us live at the Del Close Marathon later this month!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Mary_Mack.mp3
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