September 18th, 2014
Ep. 178: Ales Kot/Jo Fireston
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.


Very glad to have this week’s guest on the show, comics writer Ales Kot. Originally from Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Ales was born during The Cold War, and grew up after the Iron Curtain fell. After moving to the US, he pitched some comics ideas to Image at a convention, pitches which eventually became the series Wild Children and Change. From there, he’s worked on DC’s Suicide Squad, is writing an on-going series for Image called Zero, and is currently writing Secret Avengers and the forthcoming Winter Soldier series for Marvel. Ales is an inventive and strange writer, and his name is being mentioned in the company of people like Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis.


Back in August, Ales came over to my Harlem studio to talk about a wide range of things including Peter Greenaway, working your childhood out through Secret Avengers, the post-Iron Curtain Czech Republic, order and chaos, Werner Herzog, language as a virus, the intersection between real life and theater, living under communism, cultural narratives, power, the spectrum of empathy, and privacy.


Plus, in the second half of the show, I have a very interesting talk with my pal Jo Firestone. Jo is a comedian, host of numerous shows including Punderdome 3000, and performs on the UCB improv team Witch. Continuing a topic from my talk with Ales, Jo and I discuss the coming war between empaths and sociopaths.


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September 17th, 2014

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Here’s a pic of Ales Kot I found online because I forgot to take a pic of him with my shitty camera phone that always seems to be semi-blurry. He is the writer of Zero for Image as well as Winter Soldier and Secret Avengers for Marvel. He is on Beginnings tomorrow, and we have a wide ranging discussion about growing up in the Czech Republic just as communism is collapsing, as well as about everything from whether or not Werner Herzog threatened Klaus Kinski with a gun to whether sociopaths will win in the end. Subscribe to the show and hear Ales’ interview tomorrow!

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September 11th, 2014
Ep. 177: Chris Kelly/Grace Edwards
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 comedy writer Chris Kelly. Chris is one of the most driven guys I know. He started off writing on house sketch teams at UCB and working at The Onion, and from there he’s worked as the head writer on Matt Besser’s Comedy Central special This Show Will Get you High, he was a staff writer at Funny or Die, and he also wrote for The Onion News Network show. Currently, Chris is a writer for SNL during the school year and Broad City during the summer.


At the start of August, Chris came over to the Beginnings studio to talk about working in a restaurant, being a responsible 10-year-old, being driven, Sacramento, how to know you’re gay in a heteronormative culture, childhood rivals, taking advice, and the line between being opinionated and being a jerk. Also! In the second half, I talk to my friend Grace Edwards. Grace is the writers’ assistant for Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, and in this half of the show we talk about ambition, and ask the question: can you be ambitious and also live a meaningful life? Plus lots of the usual goofery.


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September 4th, 2014
Ep. 176: Will Cullen Hart/Ian O'Keeffe
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 Will Cullen Hart. Will grew up all over the US, but it was living in Louisiana that truly made him who he is, because that’s where he met Bill Doss, Jeff Mangum and Robert Schneider and formed the Elephant Six Recording Company, as well as The Olivia Tremor Control with Doss. It’s not hyperbole to say that the bands that were part of Elephant Six: Neutral Milk Hotel, The Apples in Stereo, the aforementioned OTC, as well as other bands like Of Montreal, Beulah and Elf Power came to define a generation of music-listeners. After OTC broke up, Will formed psyche-pop band The Circulatory System, and while it was revealed in 2008 that he suffers from multiple sclerosis, this has not slowed him down - his latest album Mosaics Within Mosaics was released earlier this year, and it is wonderful. 


Back in July, when The Circulatory System was here for a few days on tour with Neutral Milk Hotel, I went up to Will’s hotel room and played a round of “Synth, Sith or Scent” and also discussed divorce, living in Colorado, getting drafted, emotional repression, Elvis Presley, the origins of Elephant Six, working at a radio station, learning to experiment, thinking in sound, and letting things go. And in the second half of the show, I talk to my friend Ian O’Keeffe. Ian’s one of the funniest improvisors I know, and we have a super-fun and intriguing talk about how people think. In sound? In words? In pictures? How do people put the world together? Also, lots of jokes!


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September 2nd, 2014
Ep. 175: Arto Lindsay/Julio Torres
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 episode I talk to guitarist and composer Arto Lindsay. Born in America, Arto grew up in Brazil while the Tropicalia movement was in full swing, and then moved back to the States to attend college. Eventually moving to New York, Arto formed the important no wave band DNA in the 1970s, and since then has been part of so many amazing bands and made so much great music that it’s tough to discuss it all. Some highlights include being part of John Lurie’s The Lounge Lizards, working with John Zorn, forming The Ambitious Lovers, collaborating with Caetano Veloso, and much more. Recently, Northern Spy Records released The Encyclopedia of Arto Lindsay, a two-disc retrospective of his career.


Back in July, Arto came over to my Harlem studio to talk about being a Presbyterian missionary in Brazil, the journey of the Jewish people, getting a buzz off of artifacts, living in Brazil in the ’60s, life during a military dictatorship, a national obsession with the latest thing, cultural repression, musical vs. comedic improv, being the “new idea guy”. Plus! In the second half, I talk to stand-up Julio Torres. Julio is a super-funny guy I met when he and my fiancee were on a Comedy Central showcase together. Julio’s also from El Salvador, and from 1979 until 1992, a civil war engulfed the country. In this part of the show, Julio tells me what is was like to grow up during the tail-end of the war, and what the lasting effects were on his daily life.


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September 1st, 2014

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Cool week with two episodes! On Tuesday, I talk to guitarist/composer/all-around interesting dude Arto Lindsay. Arto was a foundational part of the 1970s no wave scene in New York and grew up in Brazil just as a military dictatorship took over. He’s a cool guy with a fascinating story. And then on Thursday, I talk to Will Cullen Hart of Olivia Tremor Control and The Circulatory System. Subscribe to the show and hear Arto’s interview tomorrow!

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August 28th, 2014
Ep. 174: Conner O'Malley/Mike Pielocik
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 the amazing Conner O’Malley. Conner is a comedian from Chicago who got his start training and performing at places like IO, Annoyance and Second City. After moving to New York a few years ago, he began performing at UCB, first on Harold Night and then as a member of the house team The Law Firm. In 2013, Conner was one of the Just for Laughs New Faces for his characters, and last year he became one of the writers on Late Night with Seth Meyers


Back in July, Conner came over to the Beginnings studio after a day at 30 Rock to talk about planning for unrealistic possibilities, living in a post-apocalyptic world, angry dads, sports and small talk, getting married on a whim, elevator mechanics, growing up in Chicago, anger issues, and playing characters. And in the second half of the show, I talk to Mike Pielocik. Mike’s an incredibly kind guy and he wrote for the Onion News Network on IFC, made some of my favorite online videos as part of the Onion Digital Team, made shows for Adult Swim and tons more - and we have a really great chat about small talk!


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August 27th, 2014

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Very excited about this week’s ep. with Conner O’Malley, a writer for Seth Meyers. Conner grew up in Chicago in a family of elevator mechanics, and was on the path to become an elevator mechanic himself. Hear about that, his father’s horror stories about elevator accidents and more on this week’s episode! Subscribe to the show and check the full thing out tomorrow!

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August 25th, 2014

Episode 6 - Anna Drezen vs Mark Bisi

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Today’s Episode: Avoid the Noid

Today’s Contestants Are:

In this episode!

- Learn all about the Colombian Necktie Industry!
- Hear the very first Snap Impression slashfic!
- Yub nub!

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Mark’s back on Andy’s new podcast for the final round of the second part of the tournament!

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August 21st, 2014
Ep. 173: Frank Conniff/Matt Mayer
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.


Today I’m super-glad to welcome stand-up and comedy writer Frank Conniff back to the show. Originally from New York, Frank ended up in the midwest in the1980s doing stand-up. During this time, he met the future creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was later brought aboard the show during the second season, both as a writer and appearing onscreen as TV’s Frank. Since then, Frank’s worked on a number of cool projects including Totally Biased, The Jimmy Dore Show, Invader ZIM, Cinematic Titanic and more.


Back in July, Frank came over to the Harlem studio for a very intriguing talk about culture shocks, feeling like you’re screwing up, hating school, daydreaming, the business of academia, Mad Men as deja vu, adversarial journalism, the decline of New York City, sibling relationships, depression, addiction, drugs as shortcuts, and being anti-authority. Plus! In the second half, I talk to my friend Matt Mayer - Matt’s a director, performer and a member of the UCB Harold team Greg, and also a smart and thoughtful guy, and we have a very interesting talk about how business ideals have infected and changed the college experience. Fascinating and fun stuff! 


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