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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.

Apr 24, 2014

On today's show I talk to stand-up and actor Eugene Mirman. Originally from the USSR, Eugene and his family emigrated when he was four, settling in Massachusetts. From an early age, Eugene was interested in comedy, and he even studied it in college. He began performing stand-up in 1992 and since then has become a...


Apr 21, 2014

On today's show, I talk to Sergio PĂ©rez and Luciana Della Villa of the Spanish band SVPER. Originally from Northern Spain and Argentina respectively, Sergio and Luciana formed SVPER when they met over a decade ago while living in Barcelona. A keyboard duo, SVPER combines Krautrock with pop and are reminiscent of...


Apr 17, 2014

On today's show I talk to comedian Michelle Buteau. Born in New Jersey to Caribbean parents, Michelle's first big break in comedy came when she was invited to participate in the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. Since then she's performed stand-up on many shows including Craig Ferguson, Totally Biased...


Apr 10, 2014

On today's show, I talk to Cassie Ramone of The Vivian Girls and The Babies. Raised in Ridgewood, NJ, Cassie grew up in the music scene that gave birth to bands like Real Estate and Titus Andronicus. Cassie and Katy Goodman formed The Vivian Girls in 2007, and after putting out three fantastic albums recently...


Apr 3, 2014

On today's show, I talk to Irish comedian Maeve Higgins. Born in Cobh, County Cork, Maeve grew up in rural Ireland and originally studied to be a photographer. Since starting stand-up in 2004, she's performed at the Edinburgh Fringe numerous times, the Melbourne International Festival, and many others. She also...