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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.

Jan 24, 2013

On today's show, we talk to Tom Purcell. Based in New York, Tom is the executive producer of The Colbert Report, and has won two Emmys for his work. Starting in Chicago with Second City, he eventually went on to write for Cosby, Bill Cosby's show from the late '90s and Grounded for Life with Donal Logue and Kevin Corrigan. In 2008, Tom joined Colbert and has been there ever since.

A few weeks ago, Tom came over to the Wrestling Team apartment while Colbert was on break for the holidays and chatted with Andy about writing as mourning, experience over intellectualization, working with Bill Cosby and juggling rusty scythes.

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