Beginnings

On this episode - the first one taped in Los Angeles - I talk to LA-based stand-up and actor Beth Stelling. Starting in Chicago, Beth studied improv at The Annoyance Theater and ran a show with The Puterbaugh Sisters. She was also one of Just for Laugh's New Faces, performed on Conan last summer, and her debut album Sweet Beth was released by Rooftop Records last October. She's super-cool, super-nice and super-funny.

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On this bonus episode of Beginnings, we break our usual format and delve into the creative process by chatting with Caroline Creaghead about booking and producing a live comedy show. As the booker and producer for Big Terrific, Get It Out There: Comedy by BAM and IFC, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, her own weekly show at Union Hall, Creaghead and Company, as well as many others, Caroline has been responsible for putting together some of the best shows in New York City, and in 90 minutes, she walks me through the nuts and bolts of creating a successful live show, as well as discussing cynical networking and the morality of unpaid internships.

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On today's show I talk to  comedian Kevin Allison. Kevin is a former member of the sketch group The State, which had a show on MTV from 1993 to 1995, and currently, he's the founder and host of Risk!, a storytelling podcast which you can find on the Maximum Fun network. Unlike a lot of other storytelling shows, Risk! encourages real, un-coached tales - some polished, some raw, some funny, others heart-wrenching. All of them are pretty darn great.

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On today's show, I talk to the Brooklyn-based musical group The Gregory Brothers, as well as their father Russell. Composed of Michael, Andrew, Evan and Evan's wife Sarah, The Gregory Brothers first achieved notoriety with their series of videos "Autotune the News", and their videos collectively have more than 300,000,000 views online. They've also created musical segments for the Academy Awards, released a number of albums of original music, and play live all over the country.

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This week's episode of Beginnings is an oldie (as in a month and half old) but a goodie (as in the guests were super-fun). Earlier in the summer, I was invited to host a live Beginnings down in Austin, Texas right before Labor Day weekend as part of the Out of Bounds comedy festival. While the venue - the corner of a coffeeshop - was perhaps not the best place to record a podcast, we had some amazing guests that brought their A-game. Along with my lovely fiancee, stand-up Naomi Ekperigin, I was joined by film directors Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm, Nature Calls) and Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Computer Chess) and stand-up Joe DeRosa (Return of the Son of Depression Auction, Opie and Anthony), and we had a wide-ranging discussion about angry childhood experiences, the best start to a fight ever, Prince, telepathic spiders, high school rap dreams, horrifying tales of summer camp, and Little Caesars. And in the second half of the show, I talk to improviser and actor Dan Fox about bullying and being bullied at school. Thanks for listening!

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On today's show, I talk to actor Rich Sommer. Well known for the role of Harry Crane on AMC's Mad Men, Rich got his start acting in Minnesota in high school and college, and he continued his education, earning his MFA in acting from Case Western. Besides Mad Men, Rich is known for his role as Anne Hathaway's pal in The Devil Wears Prada, as well as for roles on The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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