April 24th, 2014
Ep. 156: Eugene Mirman
Andy Beckerman
Beginnings

beginningspod:

It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.


On today’s show I talk to stand-up and actor Eugene Mirman. Originally from the USSR, Eugene and his family emigrated when he was four, settling in Massachusetts. From an early age, Eugene was interested in comedy, and he even studied it in college. He began performing stand-up in 1992 and since then has become a veritable brand. He’s had recurring roles on shows like Flight of the Conchords and Delocated, he currently voices Gene Belcher on Bob’s Burgers, he created The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, and he frequently co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science show, Star Talk Radio. And that barely captures even a centimeter of Eugene’s bio.


On one of the first warm days in April, I went over to Eugene’s well-appointed apartment to talk about referencing things you haven’t read, Schrodinger’s cat comedy, being hated at school, faculty allies, first generation Americans, Cartesian zingers, Russian absurdism, growing up in Lexington, MA, and why communism is terrible. And then in the second half of the show, I talk to my friend Billy Thompson. Since Eugene is Gene’s voice on Bob’s Burgers, I thought I’d talk to another voice-over artist about what that job is like. Billy’s an old friend and works on shows like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! We have a ton of fun and I learn a lot about doing voice-over. Yeah!


Please subscribe on iTunes, and follow me on Twitter!


Permalink (Right-click, “Save As”)
RSS Feed                  Soundcloud
iTunes                                   Swell

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 23rd, 2014

beginningspod:

Was really happy to have one of my favorite stand-ups, Eugene Mirman, from one of my favorite shows, Bob’s Burgers, on one of my favorite podcasts, Beginnings. We talk about how awful school was for him and how his family was able to escape Russia during the height of the Cold War.  Subscribe and check out the episode tomorrow!

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 21st, 2014

beginningspod:

Oh shit, folks - this is TONIGHT! Super-excited about trying out a live-streaming episode of the show from the house I share with my lovely fiancee. And we’re not just taping some ol’ episode of the show, we’re doin’ it f’real with an audience, a musical guest and EVERYTHING.

Watch it here: https://www.cogo.tv/beginnings

How I Met Your Mother is over. I saw one episode of 2 Broke Girls and thought it sucked. What the frak else you gonna watch tonight at 8pm EST?

You can watch for free, but if you want to toss a few bucks at the show, there will be incentives like sweet posters made by artist Joe Karg (see above) and all profits will go to help Kitty Kind (I keep no $$$), a great all-volunteer, no-kill cat shelter here in New York.

And since it’s live online, you’ll be able to interact with us by tweeting questions and comments to @andybeckerman! Yeah!

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 21st, 2014
Ep. 155: SVPER
Andy Beckerman
Beginnings

beginningspod:

It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.


On today’s show, I talk to Sergio Pérez and Luciana Della Villa of the Spanish band SVPER. Originally from Northern Spain and Argentina respectively, Sergio and Luciana formed SVPER when they met over a decade ago while living in Barcelona. A keyboard duo, SVPER combines Krautrock with pop and are reminiscent of bands like Broadcast. Their first album Brillar is an international hit (and rightly so - it’s GREAT), and they’re currently working on their sophomore record.


After playing SXSW, Sergio and Luciana stopped by New York to play a couple shows, and while here, they dropped by the Harlem studio to talk about terrible teachers, Argentina, growing up post-dictatorship, language barriers, The Disappearances, Asturias, Spain after Franco, punk rock, the Corralito, growing up in a small Spanish town, and Mexican soap operas. And I play a new game “Oh Wait, I Know What You’re Talking About!”. And in the second part of the show, I talk to my pal Veronica Osorio. Veronica is an actor and comedian originally from Venezuela, and we talk about how she witnessed her home country move from a corrupt right-wing administration to a totalitarian-esque left-wing administration. Two fascinating tales for the price of free!


Please subscribe on iTunes, and follow me on TwitterAlso watch a live streaming episode of Beginnings TONIGHT (April 21st) at 8pm EST at cogo.tv/beginnings. My guests are Josh Gondelman of John Oliver’s new show, vlogger Franchesca Ramsey and musical guest Lady Lamb the Beekeeper! You can even tweet questions to us!


Permalink (Right-click, “Save As”)
RSS Feed                  Soundcloud
iTunes                                   Swell

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 20th, 2014

beginningspod:

This Thursday, an episode literally four years in the making! I got in touch with Eugene Mirman around the time we started the podcast, and he was into it, but busy. Periodically, I’d follow up with his publicist to try and work something out. Finally, a few weeks ago, he was able to make some time before going off to record some Bob’s Burgers V/O. Eugene’s a nice dude. Hear him talk about how awful the students at his school were and why communism is such a shitty economic structure. This Thursday! Subscribe and you won’t have to lift a finger in 4 days!

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 19th, 2014

beginningspod:

Yo wut up, peeps? Monday is a special all Spanish-speaking guests episode of Beginnings. In part 1, I talk to the Barcelona-based band SVPER about growing up in post-fascist Argentina and Spain and in part 2, I talk to actor and improviser Veronica Osorio about Venezuela, right-wing corruption and left-wing totalitarianism. Super-interesting people - I learned a ton about and had a blast while doing so! Subscribe so you don’t miss out!

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 18th, 2014

beginningspod:

Stand-up and actor Eugene Mirman (Delocated! Bob’s Burgers! Flight of the Conchords!) joins me on Beginnings to talk about how school was full of mean students and (sometimes) mean teachers, and how his family got out of Soviet Russia during the height of the Cold War. Plus jokes! Full episode out Thursday, April 24th! Subscribe!

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 18th, 2014

2c2btv:

Glenn reveals the conspiracy that is holding him back. Arnie thinks advertising is a lie.

Don’t forget to subscribe and check out more Two Chairs Two Beers next week!

A shocking twist in the Glenn Waldinger story. Comment if you hate your mailman, and subscribe! We’ll be back next week with retired pottery enthusiast Vinny Turilli and DJ Lance Blimpton.

Reblogged from Two Chairs Two Beers

Share/Bookmark
April 18th, 2014
La Melodía del Afilador
Svper
Pegasvs

beginningspod:

Guys! Two episodes next week! Monday’s episode is with the Spanish keyboard band SVPER. They were in town for a few days after SXSW and they’re amazing. They talk about what it was like growing up in countries that had just been ruled by dictators. Really fascinating. And while it was taped before Thursday’s episode with Eugene Mirman, I was going to run it after him HOWEVER I ended up talking about them in his episode so this Monday it is. Check out their song above, and I’ll put a clip up from Eugene’s episode later today. Plus! A live-streaming episode on Monday at 8pm EST! Yeah!

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark
April 17th, 2014
Ep. 154: Michelle Buteau
Andy Beckerman
Beginnings

beginningspod:

It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.


On today’s show I talk to comedian Michelle Buteau. Born in New Jersey to Caribbean parents, Michelle’s first big break in comedy came when she was invited to participate in the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. Since then she’s performed stand-up on many shows including Craig Ferguson, Totally Biased and Last Comic Standing. In addition to joke-speaking, Michelle is a voice actor on the great Adult Swim show China, IL, a human actor on the really enjoyable Fox show Enlisted and can be seen regularly on VH1’s Best Week Ever.


Early in March, Michelle came over to my Harlem studio to talk about the ease with which someone could become a murderer, meeting Angelina Jolie, department store boredom, being picked on at school, cheating boy/girlfriends, Haitian and Jamaican culture, getting hit on by adults when you’re a kid, and following your instincts. And in part 2, I talk to my friend comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson (Glamour Magazine, Girl Code) about becoming an adolescent. Top to bottom, Michelle and Phoebe were fun, earnest and interesting, so I hope you enjoy the show!


Please subscribe on iTunes, and follow me on TwitterAlso watch a live streaming episode of Beginnings on April 21st at 8pm EST at cogo.tv/beginnings. My guests are Josh Gondelman of John Oliver’s new show, vlogger Franchesca Ramsey and musical guest Lady Lamb the Beekeeper! You can even tweet questions to us!


Permalink (Right-click, “Save As”)
RSS Feed                  Soundcloud
iTunes                                   Swell

Reblogged from Beginnings

Share/Bookmark

Follow

Ventures



Wrestling Team is an ongoing collaboration between overall creative types Mark Bisi and Andy Beckerman.

This website will update you on Mark and Andy's own individual projects, as well as the projects on which they occasionally collaborate.

You can contact them at jokes@wrestlingteam.org.

Activities

Podcasts

Web Series

Other Projects

Features