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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.

Jul 31, 2011

Welcome everyone to the first episode of a new era for Beginnings! This episode’s guest is Pete Holmes. Pete’s a stand-up who has been featured on Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show and his own Comedy Central Presents special. With stand-up Matt McCarthy (episode 12) and Daily Show field producer Oren Brimer, he started Front Page Films, which makes very funny web videos. Pete also is a voice actor on many things including the great cartoon Ugly Americans. He also wrote for NBC’s Outsourced last television season! At the end of June, Pete was in New York for a few days, and we caught up with him at Big Terrific, one of the best stand-up shows in Brooklyn, and recorded an episode with him outside the venue on a bench. We talked about programming with BASIC, summer camp, writing parodies, Mancow, breast milk, offensive comedians, asking for what you need, religious upbringings and the line between being a creepy douche and a guy you’d like to help.