Beginnings

On today's show we talk to Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the writers and creators of the wonderful scripted podcast Welcome to Night Vale. Structured in the style of a local small town radio show, Welcome to Night Vale is a like Our Town written by Lovecraft and David Lynch.

A few weeks ago, Jeffrey and Joseph came over to Andy's Harlem apartment and transformed Beginnings into The Fringecast for a bit and then Food Opinions with Joseph Fink. We also discuss the Tommy Westphal universe, The Traveler, Dave Barry, vegetarianism and more! Plus, in the epilogue, I chat with stand-up Joe Stanton about reading sci-fi as a child.

Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see some live dates: Andy will be in conversation with J.J. Sedelmaier on July 30th at UCB East, and the next live episode will be August 6th with Jim Norton, Bonnie McFarlane, Eric Drysdale (Colbert Report) and musical guest ARMS!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Welcome_to_Night_Vale.mp3
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Live from the 56-hour Del Close Marathon in New York City (June 29th, 2013)! And unlike other DCMs, I did not accidentally drink too much, vomit in a trash can at the party space and somehow end up at home sleeping on my bathroom floor. Instead, I got lots of sleep and had a super-fun time with improviser and actor extraordinaire Billy Merritt (The Swarm, The Stepfathers, The Smokes) and author and comedian DC Pierson (Derrick Comedy, Crap Kingdom). We chatted about room forts, touring America, the dangers of live radio, homemade computers, shrimp detectors, Who's the Boss?, and Jewishing up your name. I defy anyone to find nicer, funnier people!

Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see some live dates: Andy will be in conversation with J.J. Sedelmaier on July 30th at UCB East, and the next live episode will be August 6th with Jim Norton, Ari Shaffir, Eric Drysdale (Colbert Report) and more!

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in January of 2010, two novice comedians - Andy and Mark - started Beginnings as a way to cut through the layers of mythos that surrounded having a career in entertainment. How does one *actually* have a career in comedy? What are the realities about getting into show business? Three years and 106 episodes later, Beginnings has shed its original intent and morphed into a Freudian talk show that examines where creative people come from and what their childhoods were like.

On today's episode, Mark and Andy look back over the first 100 episodes and pick out some of their favorite moments with guests such as Daily Show-writer Elliott Kalan, Pete Holmes, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Tom Scharpling, Gabrielle Bell, Ethan Berlin (Totally Biased, Bunk), John Lee (Wonder Showzen), Devin Clark (Ugly Americans), Jesse Moynihan (Adventure Time), David Rees, and Jon Glaser. As Mark is also departing the show, it's also a chance to say good-bye to him and revel in melancholy!

Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see some live dates: Andy will be in conversation with J.J. Sedelmaier on July 30th at UCB East, and the next live episode will be August 6th with Ari Shaffir and more!

Direct download: Beginnings_Best_of.mp3
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It's the dawn of a new era for Beginnings, and on today's show we talk to writer and musician David Grubbs. Starting in Louisville, Kentucky with the bands Squirrel Bait and Bastro, David has since released seven albums with Gastr del Sol, 12 full-length solo albums and has appeared on more than 150 records including recordings by Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Matmos, Will Oldham, the Red Krayola. David also has a PhD in English and currently holds a position at Brooklyn College. His most recent album The Plain Where the Palace Stood was released earlier this year on Drag City.

Early in June, after walking 10 blocks in the wrong direction in 90 degree weather, Andy sat down with David in his Brooklyn apartment to talk about Senagalese music, the 4th wall in music performance, Hi-Q/Quiz Bowl, rationality and religious feeling, academic axe-grinding, and getting over yourself.

Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see some live dates: Andy will be in conversation with J.J. Sedelmaier on July 30th at UCB East, and the next live episode will be August 6th with Ari Shaffir and more!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_David_Grubbs.mp3
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On today's show we talk to stand-up and writer Aparna Nancherla. Currently a writer for FX's Totally Biased, Aparna is a wonderfully absurdist comic whose credits include being named as one of LA Weekly‘s “12 Comedy Acts to Watch” and Last Comic Standing. She's also appeared around the country at numerous festivals including SXSW, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the SF Sketchfest.

In mid-June, Aparna came over to Andy's Harlem apartment on a warm but not-sweltering day to talk about pirate dogs, parental programming, the suburbs, fantasy realms and living in your head.

Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see some live dates: Andy will be in coversation with J.J. Sedelmaier on July 30th at UCB East, and the next live episode will be August 6th!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Aparna_Nancherla.mp3
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