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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.

Mar 27, 2014

On today's show I talk to comedian Andy Daly. Born in New York, Andy started comedy in the late 90s first with Chicago City Limits and then with UCB, where he was part of the first wave of the theatre and performed on the legendary team The Swarm. In 2000, Andy moved to LA to join the cast of MADtv, and since then...


Mar 20, 2014

On today's episode, I talk to Becca Kaufman, Julian Fader and Ethan Bassford of the Brooklyn-based band Ava Luna. While a lot of the music press has compared Ava Luna to the Dirty Projectors due to some superficial similarities, Ava Luna is very much their own band. Combining R&B, no wave, funk and more, they've...


Mar 13, 2014

On today's show, I talk to SNL Weekend Update writer Josh Patten. Originally living in Washington DC to work on political campaigns, Josh took an improv class in 2006 and fell in love with performing. After moving to New York, he began taking classes at UCB and eventually became one of the featured performers at...


Mar 6, 2014

On today's show, I talk to writer and casting director Katja Blichfeld. Originally from California, Katja moved to New York to pursue a career in casting and worked on all seven seasons of 30 Rock, garnering an Emmy for her work. She's also cast a number of other shows, including The Carrie Diaries and...


Mar 3, 2014

On today's show I talk to actor and electrician Mike Maronna. Born in Brooklyn, Mike began acting from a young age. From 1993 to 1996, Mike starred as Big Pete on the seminal Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete and also starred as one of Macauley Culkin's siblings in the Home Alone movies. While he's...