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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.

Feb 27, 2014

On today's show, I talk to comedian Jermaine Fowler. Originally from Maryland, Jermaine moved to New York when he was 20 to pursue stand-up and acting as a career, and he has quickly found success. He tours nationally and was one of the "new faces" at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, and he's also a castmember...


Feb 20, 2014

On today's show I talk to MC, writer and actor Jean Grae. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Jean moved to America as a child and grew up in New York City. In the mid-'90s, she started rapping with groups like Ground Zero and Natural Resources, and in 2002 she released her first solo album Attack of the Attacking...


Feb 17, 2014

On today's show I talk to cartoonist Ruben Bolling. A lawyer by trade, Ruben is also the author of the amazing syndicated comic Tom the Dancing Bug, which has been running since 1990. While mostly a political cartoon like This Modern World, Tom the Dancing Bug has no standard format, sometimes critiquing the...


Feb 13, 2014

On today's show, I talk to comedian and musician Dave Hill. Dave got his start playing in indie rock bands in the 1990s, such as Sons of Elvis and Cobra Verde. While he still plays music today, his main focus is on writing, performing and hosting, dividing his time between Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident on...


Feb 6, 2014

On today's show I talk to contemporary artist Marcel Dzama. Marcel is a New York-based sculpter, painter, and filmmaker, originally from Winnipeg. He's exhibited his art internationally at places like MOMA in New York and the Kunst-Werke in Berlin, and collections of his are housed all over the world from...