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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.

Jun 27, 2013

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...


Jun 20, 2013

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...


Jun 13, 2013

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...


Jun 6, 2013

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...