July 30th, 2014

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A very fun episode tomorrow taped live at the 16th Del Close Marathon. My guests are Phil Jackson, who you might know as a writer for Key and Peele, and Megan Neuringer, who maybe you’ve seen on @Midnight or Best Week Ever. And they couldn’t have been nicer or funnier. Subscribe to the show and check the full thing out tomorrow!

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July 24th, 2014
Ep. 169: Peter Matthew Bauer/Sunita Mani
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 musician Peter Matthew Bauer. Partly raised on ashrams in India and the Catskills, Peter mostly grew up in Washington DC. It was there he met his future bandmates in The Walkmen, and he even had a high school band with lead singer Hamilton Leithauser. From 1996 to 1999, Peter and Hamilton played in The Recoys together, and in 2000, The Walkmen formed from the ashes of The Recoys and Jonathan Fire*Eater. After putting out seven albums, the band is currently on an “extended hiatus”. This gave Peter the opportunity to record his own album - Liberation! - and tour behind it. I really love it, and it’s available now!


Back in June, Peter played a show at Rough Trade, and I got to talk to him in the Jack White room on the upper level of the store before he went on stage. We chatted about living on ashrams, problems with authority, searching for meaning during the 1970s, being able to let go of the physical world, gurus, Anthrax and Cinderella, growing up in DC and DIY culture, and mysticism. Also! In the second half, I talk to my friend Sunita Mani. Sunita is part of the wonderful dance troupe Cocoon Central Dance Team and also stars in the DJ SNake and Lil Jon video for "Turn Down for What", and we have a really lovely talk about gurus, cults, and social media. 


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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
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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
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 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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