Beginnings

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 cartoons including "Venture Bros." and "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", he also co-created the hit show "Metalocalypse". He recently released a Metalocalypse rock opera called The Doomstar Requiem as well as an album by his non-cartoon band Galaktikon. Both are awesome, and both can be purchased at brendonsmall.com!

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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 also animated the "My Girls" video for Animal Collective, and worked as a background designer on The Cartoon Network show "The Problem Solverz". Currently, he designs backgrounds for "Uncle Grandpa", and his latest book Fata Morgana can be purchased from Koyama Press.

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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 Team". DC is also the author of two young adult novels, The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To and his most recent Crap Kingdom.

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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 and Chris Rock. When the show ended in 2012, he started a new show called "Modern Day Philosophers", where he learns about the Western canon of philosophy with his comedy guests.

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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 its three iterations, where he's played numerous characters such as Clive Clemmons, Kilty McBagpipes and one of the Slipnutz.

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On today's show, I talk to writer and performer Gil Ozeri. Starting out his comedy career in New York, Gil performed on one of UCB Theater's most beloved improv teams Death by Roo Roo. Gil also has an impressive writing resume, having written for Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV, as well as all three seasons of Happy Endings. Currently, Gil is a writer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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On today's show I talk to writer and director Jason Woliner. Originally from the Bronx, Jason has written and directed some of the best comedy of the last decade. He was a non-performing member of the MTV sketch show "Human Giant", and has also directed episodes of "Parks and Recreation", "Jon Benjamin has Van", "New Girl", "Nathan for You" and "Delocated". Currently, he co-writes, directs and produces the amazing Adult Swim series "Eagleheart".

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