On today's show we talk to Gabrielle Bell. Gabrielle is a comics artist based in Brooklyn, whose books and short stories have been published on a number of indie presses, from Drawn and Quarterly to Fantagraphics, and in anthologies like Mome and Kramer's Ergot. She also collaborated with filmmaker Michel Gondry on an adaptation of her story "Cecil and Jordan in New York" for the film anthology Tokyo. A few weeks ago, Gabrielle came over to the Manhattan Wrestling Team apartment and got in deep with us about what it means to be creative and interact with your audience, characters as representatives of your sweet id, and creative high school friendships.

On next week's episode, we talk to performer and author Chris Gethard, but ALSO! Don't forget the next Beginnings Live at UCB East. It's going to be incredible with Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show and Air America Radio), David Rees (Get Your War On, How to Sharpen Pencils), and musical guest A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers)! Sept. 11th at 8pm!

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Gabrielle_Bell.mp3
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Beginnzers! This episode was totes fun, hun! Last Tuesday, we were joined live at UCB East with some of our favorite comedians (and people! all nice and friendly!) including Thu Tran, creator of IFC's Food Party; James Adomian, stand-up and Comedy Bang! Bang! favorite; Nikki Glaser, stand-up and co-host of the great podcast You Had to Be There and my new favorite band Swearin'. This is a super-fun episode, so break out your Enjoyment Slacks and dig in!

Also! Don't forget the next live episode on September 11th at 8pm at UCB East - Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show and Air America, and David Rees, cartoonist and author of Get Your War On and How to Sharpen Pencils plus more!

Direct download: Beginnings_Live_August.mp3
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On today's episode, we talk to Katie Hartman and Leah Rudick AKA Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting. As one of the best sketch groups in New York City, Katie and Leah have garnered many accolades since their formation, and have performed all around the country at everything from the Los Angeles Comedy Festival to the Ladies Are Funny Festival and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where The Guardian named them the “Biggest Revelation”. Currently, their show The Underdeveloped and Overexposed Life and Death of Deena Domino is running at the New York Fringe Festival. A few weeks ago, Katie and Leah dropped by to the Manhattan Wrestling Team apartment to record a very silly and interesting episode about absurdity, internationalism and friendship. Beep beep!

And hey, why not check Andy out on Twitter! @wrestlingteam

Direct download: Beginnings_-_SBJM.mp3
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On today's show we talk to Gregg Gillis AKA Girl Talk. Gregg is a musician based in Pittsburgh, PA, and in 2000, he began recording as Girl Talk, a mash-up project that's as much pop culture criticism as it is a dance party. After picking up momentum in 2006, Gregg's been selling out festivals all over the world, was on Time Magazine and Rolling Stone's top music lists and has even had a day named in his honor by Pittsburgh. A few weeks ago, we met up with Gregg in his hotel lobby while he was in town for a festival and reminisced about our time in the Pittsburgh music scene, and how a pamphlet at Lollapalooza '95 was a flashpoint for Pittsburgh indie rock.

Direct download: Beginnings_-_Girl_Talk.mp3
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On today's show, we talk to Ethan Berlin about IFC's Bunk, the surreal gameshow he co-created with Eric Bryant. Hosted by Kurt Brauhohler (who was just named one of Variety's comics to watch), playing a smarmy, high-status goof, Bunk takes the format of a typical gameshow and punches it in the spine, challengeing contestants like Thomas Lennon and Eugene Mirman to absurd games that yield nonsensical prizes. Bunk is a delight and one of the best shows that's been on this summer!

Direct download: Field_Guide_-_Bunk.mp3
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