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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.

Dec 26, 2013

On today's show, I talk to writer and director Scott Gairdner. Scott is an Los Angeles-based comedian and has been making videos since high school. Some of his best work includes Tiny Fuppets, Clip Cup, and the Sex Offender Shuffle. Professionally, Scott worked for Funny or Die for two and a half years and...


Dec 19, 2013

On today's show I talk to musician and cartoonist Nick Thorburn. Born in British Columbia, Nick first came to prominence with the indie rock band The Unicorns in the early 2000s, when their album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? was written up in The Village Voice, NME, Pitchfork and many other publications....


Dec 12, 2013

On today's show, brought to you by Sal's Landscaping, I talk to comedian Todd Glass. Originally from Philadelphia, Todd began performing stand-up while still in high school. Since then, he's become one of the best stand-ups of our time. Todd's credits include everything from "Conan" to "Politically Incorrect" to...


Beginnings episode 131: Amber Coffman

Dec 5, 2013

On today's show I talk to musician Amber Coffman. Amber grew up in a number of places including Texas, Ohio and California, and listened to everything from Mariah Carey to hardcore. In 2005, she joined the instrumental rock band The Sleeping People, and two years later she became a singer and guitarist in the...