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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.

Jan 30, 2014

On the last episode I taped in Los Angeles, I talk to LA-based musician and comedian Brendon Small. Brendon is the co-creator, writer, voice actor, and composer for the amazing Adult Swim show "Home Movies", which ran for four seasons from 1999 to 2004. As well as doing voice work on a number of other...


Jan 27, 2014

On the fourth anniversary of Beginnings, I talk to LA-based artist Jon Vermilyea. Jon graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2006 with a BFA in cartooning, and his violently psychedelic comics and art have been published in numerous places including Ganzfield, Vice, MOME, Complex and Marvel Strange Tales. Jon...


Jan 23, 2014

On today's show, I talk to comedian and author DC Pierson. DC is a member of Derrick, a sketch group that formed out of NYU's official sketch team Hammerkatz, that includes Donald Glover and Dominic Dierkes. Derrick was an early YouTube sensation, and in 2009, they released their first feature-length film "Mystery...


Jan 20, 2014

On today's show I talk to LA-based comedian Danny Lobell. Danny is an internationally touring stand-up and storyteller, and for eight years he hosted the first comedy podcast called "Comical Radio". Starting in 2004, Danny interviewed some of the top comic minds of our time including George Carlin, Paul Giamatti...


Jan 16, 2014

On today's show, I talk to "Conan" writer Brian Stack. Taking his first improv lesson in 1987, Brian spent the next decade honing his craft, and performed at Second City for four of those years. In 1997, he joined the writing staff of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", and since then has stayed with the show through...