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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.

Aug 4, 2011

Joe Mande is a nationally touring stand-up who’s been on Best Week Ever and Live at Gotham. He’s also the man behind the blog and book Look at This Fucking Hipster. Along with his co-host Noah Garfinkel, he hosts a monthly comedy show at UCB called Totally J/K, and he’s written and performed in a number of stage shows including most recently, his adaptation of Glenn Beck’s The Overton Window. Joe’s also one of the newest writers on the Adult Swim show Delocated. A few weeks ago, we sat down with Joe in Madison Square Park before his set at Righteous Kill and discussed Isa and Oscar, yearbook contests, Mall of America stand-up, optometry apprenticeships, war stories, Right Guard, 9/11 Truthers, Judaism, surrealist interview techniques and Kobe Bryant as the Devil. Plus the debut of our new segment “The Unworkables”!