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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.

Aug 29, 2013

On today's show we talk to musician Eleanor Friedberger. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, Eleanor formed the popular indie rock group The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew in Brooklyn, and from 2000 to 2011, they wrote and released eight albums. Now on hiatus from the band, Eleanor has released two albums...


Aug 22, 2013

It's time for a "juggernaut of melancholy" with the most horrific episode of Beginnings yet! Three minutes into this baby, I creep myself out, and the shame train kept right on going as my fantastic guests stand-ups Bonnie McFarlane and Max Silvestri, The Colbert Report's Eric Drysdale, Todd Goldstein of ARMS and...


Aug 15, 2013

Today marks the first episode of the newish format focusing more on my guests' childhoods, and I couldn't have asked for a better guest, the wonderful musician and writer Larry Livermore. Originally from Detroit, Larry began to get involved with the San Francisco punk scene in the late 1970s. After playing in a...


Aug 8, 2013

On today's show, I talk to musician and producer Quentin Stoltzfus. From 1999 to about 2006, Quentin was the principal songwriter behind the amazing Philly psyche-pop band Mazarin. When a wedding band with the same name threatened a lawsuit, Quentin dropped the moniker and is now recording as Light Heat. With The...


Aug 1, 2013

The first live show where we’re feeling out a new style and experimenting a bit, and I call this one FUN and a SUCCESS. With one of my favorite stand-ups Nick Vatterott (Comedy Central Half Hour, Conan, etc.) as the first guest co-host, how could it not be fun? We were joined by former Daily Show correspondent...