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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.

May 29, 2014

On today's show, I talk to writer Jen Statsky. Born in Boston, Jen moved to New York to attend NYU, and from there climbed the comedy writing ladder, first starting as an intern at The Onion and eventually working her way up to writing on Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Merchant's show Hello Ladies, Parks and Rec and most...


May 22, 2014

 

On today's show, I talk to writer Heidi Julavits. Originally from Portland, Maine, Heidi is a professor at Columbia and the author of four fantastic books: The Mineral Palace, The Effect of Living Backwards, The Uses of Enchantment, and most recently The Vanishers, which was published in 2012. As well, her...


May 15, 2014

On today's show I talk to stand-up Hari Kondabolu. Born and raised in Queens, Hari became a professional stand-up almost by chance while working as an immigrant rights organizer. He’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, John Oliver and has his own Comedy Central Presents. Hari also wrote for and...


May 8, 2014

On today's show I talk to cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier. Based in Boston, Paul grew up in Ohio, studying psychology and philosophy at Ohio State University. After being introduced to the works of Daniel Clowes, Paul realized that comics could be a venue to discuss existential topics. A number of his books have...


May 1, 2014

On today's show, I talk to John Colpitts AKA Kid Millions of the bands Oneida and Man Forever. John started drumming in high school and moved to New York in the late-90s to get into music more seriously. After working in music adjacent jobs like being the booker for The Knitting Factory and playing in a jazz trio,...