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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.

Sep 1, 2011

Matt Besser is one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, whose sketch show, along with other programs like Mr. Show, helped define comedy in the 1990s. Since then, the UCB have founded two schools in NY and LA, which are renowned as the training grounds for the next generation of comedians. Since the end of the UCB show, Matt has worked on a number of projects including creating the Comedy Central show Crossballs and writing and directing the forthcoming film Freak Dance, based on a stage show at UCBLA. Matt also hosts a podcast competition show on The Earwolf Network. In mid-August, Matt sat down with us at the UCB Training Center in New York while he was in town for the Del Close Marathon and discussed playing with sticks instead of Legos, "Nazi Punks Fuck Off", accidentally Bobcat, misunderstanding Blue Laws, art pranks, Andy Kaufman, shit dollars, Joey Skaggs, and Andy showing actual emotions. Plus we debut our new segment "The Fun in Failure"!