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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.

Jun 4, 2015

On today's show I talk to comedian and writer Yassir Lester. Originally from Marietta, GA, Yassir is based in Los Angeles. An accomplished stand-up, Yassir is also a TV writer and has written for Adult Swim shows like Black Dynamite and Mr. Pickles. He's a judge on the MTV show Snack-Off as well, and currently he's a writer on the forthcoming season of the HBO series Girls. Also in the second half, I talk about depression and microaggressions with the wonderful Heben Nigatu, a senior editor at BuzzFeed and co-host of the podcast Another Round.

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