July 23rd, 2014

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Here is a picture of Peter Matthew Bauer in the Jack White Room at Rough Trade taken right after the interview. Subscribe to the show and check out our talk tomorrow, which ranges from discussions of mysticism and religion to Peter’s high school band with fellow Walkmen dude Hamilton Leithauser.

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July 22nd, 2014

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Cool and interesting episode with Peter Matthew Bauer, late of the band The Walkmen. We recorded this in the Jack White room at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, a little bit before Peter hit the stage. A lot of his youth was spent on an ashram in India, and in this clip, we talk about what happened when the original guru died. Check out the full interview on Thursday, July 24th and subscribe too!

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July 17th, 2014
Ep. 168: Jason Nash/Stephanie Streisand
Andy Beckerman
Beginnings

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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 Jason Nash. Jason is an actor and stand-up based in Los Angeles, and has appeared on everything from Last Comic Standing to House to Reno 911!. He co-hosted the long-running podcast Guys With Feelings, and has created webseries for GQ and Comedy Central. In fact, his latest project is a feature-length film through Comedy Central called Jason Nash Is Married, which is based on his popular webseries, and features pretty much every comedian you can name. It’s great, and you can get it on iTunes now!


Early in June, Jason was here for a week to promote Jason Nash Is Married, and he stopped by the Beginnings studio to record one of the weirdest episodes in recent memory. While we talked about his family a bit, including a story of his dad’s dealings with the mafia, we spent way more time discussing: abusing institutional power, the wrong kind of outrage, power structures and comedy, using Einstein as a metaphor for male privilege, mourning the death of the old you, and gender politics. Plus, Jason tells a story about Bob Odenkirk and discusses a theory about Mike Birbiglia. Also! In the second half of the show, I talk to my friend Steph Streisand. Steph’s a writer and performer with a master’s in forensic psychology, and we continue the talk I started with Jason about gender politics and misogyny. Our talk spans everything from gross, scatological humor to some very serious stuff - it’s a great talk!

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July 16th, 2014

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Hey look, a picture of Jason Nash taken right in my own hallway! Jason is on Beginnings tomorrow, and it’s a weird and fun episode that has lots o’ goofs and lots of good conversation. If you miss it, I think you will be all the poorer for doing so. Check it out tomorrow and, fuck, why not subscribe so you don’t miss it?

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July 15th, 2014

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Hey! Here’s a fun exchange that happens on Thursday’s show between me and Jason. Look at those riffs. Pure. Like a mountain stream. Look for more fun like this on Thursday! (and also subscribe!).

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July 14th, 2014

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This is one of the weirdest episodes of Beginnings, as a good deal of the time talking to Jason Nash was spent on discussing misogyny in comedy, and that includes a very weird metaphor by yours truly comparing male privilege to general relativity. Jason was a really cool and empathetic person, and in this clip we do talk about his family, as well as his dad’s dealings with the mob. Check it out and hear the whole thing this Thursday, July 17th (and also subscribe!).

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July 10th, 2014
Ep. 167: Anthony King/Taylor Moore
Andy Beckerman
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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 Emmy-nominated TV writer Anthony King. Originally from North Carolina, Anthony started out his professional career in New York at UCB, and within a few years of being at the theater, became the artistic director, a post he held for many years. While at UCB, he co-wrote Gutenberg! The Musical!, which ran there for a year and then off-Broadway. In 2011, Anthony moved to LA and since then has written for a number of shows including NBC’s BFF and USA’s Playing House. Most recently, he wrote for the second season of Broad City, which will air in January of 2015.


At the end of May, Anthony came over to the Harlem studio after work one day, and we talked about the “End of The Wire" theory of history; Pentecostalism and speaking in tongues; religion and fear; the moral framework of Judaism; WWII and emotional repression; not enjoying triumphs; North Carolina culture and the New South; the death of a parent and paradigm shifts; and the need for respect. And in part two of the show, I continue talking about the South with my friend Taylor Moore (the man behind @chillsitch, the creator of Fortunate Horse, and the host of the Ten Ideas podcast). He tells me an insane tale about The Deep Woods and the story of “The Berry Booger.” Amazing.


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July 9th, 2014

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Here is a picture taken of Anthony King, under a light in my house. Anthony is on this week’s Beginnings. He lives in LA, but was here for a few months to write for the second season of Broad City. One of my favorite things we talked about is how Anthony grew up Pentecostal, and he explains to me what it means to be “slain in the spirit”. Want to know what that means? Subscribe to the show and listen to the episode tomorrow!

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July 8th, 2014

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Anthony King is a writer for shows like Broad City and Playing House. Before that though, he was the artistic director of UCB NY when I was just starting out taking classes there, and therefore I was afraid of him and never had a real conversation. Too bad, because he’s awesome, and I had an amazing time talking to him on the show. We chatted about religion (he was raised Pentecostal), North Carolina culture, the death of his mother, and more. Anthony’s a thoughtful and funny guy, and I love this episode. Be sure and check out the full show this Thursday, July 10th and subscribe!

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July 3rd, 2014
Ep. 166: Harry Mathews and Marie Chaix/Betsy Stover and Ari Voukydis
Andy Beckerman
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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 husband and wife writers Harry Mathews and Marie Chaix. Harry Mathews is a writer and poet originally from New York. After a tour in the Navy in 1949, he eloped with a French artist and eventually moved to Europe. There he co-founded the influential literary journal Locus Solus and became the first American member of the French writing group OULIPO. Harry is the author of numerous novels including Tlooth, The Conversions and My Life in CIA, and he is also a translator of many including his wife Marie Chaix’s novels. Marie was born in 1942 in France in the midst of WWII. After her father died, she found out he had been a Nazi collaborator during the war, and his diaries inspired her first book The Laurels of Lake Constance in 1974, and since then, she has penned eight other books. Much of Harry and Marie’s work can be found through the Dalkey Archive, one of the best publishers of contemporary fiction.


Back in the middle of May, I went over to Harry and Marie’s hotel room while they were in New York for a week to talk about Old New York, post-war France, finding out your father was a Nazi collaborator, secrets, stark choices, the bombardment of Oran, not fitting in in America, an early love of poetry, marrying young, and solipsism. Also, in the second half of the show, I talk to two of my favorite people: Betsy Stover and Ari Voukydis. Betsy is an actor, voiceover actor, improvisor, and Ari is an improvisor and works for Buzzfeed, and maybe you saw him on Jeopardy recently. They were in town for The Del Close Marathon at UCB, and we talked about secrets - what it means to have secrets, tell secrets - we talk about secret rooms in houses - it was a really fun time!


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