Beginnings Live is Back 4/21, 8pm EST ONLINE!

Hey dudes! Next Monday the 21st at 8pm EST, I’m doing a live streaming episode of the show from my place. It’s going to be cool and weird, and I’m using the opportunity to play with the format a bit, so I hope you tune in to check it out, plus, I’ve got some great guests:

Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
Franchesca Ramsey (YouTube vlogging sensation)
musical guest Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (Ba Da Bing! records)

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 (and other things) and all profits will go to help Kitty Kind (I keep no $$$), a great all-volunteer, no-kill cat shelter here in New York.

Again, 8pm EST on Monday 4/21 and you can watch here. And tweet questions to @andybeckerman to join in the fun!

Stand-up and actor Michelle Buteau (Enlisted, Best Week Ever, China, IL) stops by the Beginnings studio to talk about how her high school boyfriend cheated on her and (in this clip) how following her instincts led her to jump on a plane to London right after 9/11. Full episode out Thursday, April 17th! Subscribe!

Eric Drysdale of “The Colbert Report” once jokingly called Beginnings “a juggernaut of melancholy”, which I think is an awesome tagline, but true, sometimes the show can get too serious which is why I loved having Michelle Buteau (Best Week Ever, Enlisted, China, IL) on. It’s not like we don’t delve into Michelle’s past, but we also have a lot of fun and joke around a lot as well. That’s actually my favorite kind of episode, one that swings between serious and silly (see the Superego ep). Subscribe to hear the whole thing this Thursday! High-res

Eric Drysdale of “The Colbert Report” once jokingly called Beginnings “a juggernaut of melancholy”, which I think is an awesome tagline, but true, sometimes the show can get too serious which is why I loved having Michelle Buteau (Best Week Ever, Enlisted, China, IL) on. It’s not like we don’t delve into Michelle’s past, but we also have a lot of fun and joke around a lot as well. That’s actually my favorite kind of episode, one that swings between serious and silly (see the Superego ep). Subscribe to hear the whole thing this Thursday!

Ep. 153: Cassie Ramone

  • by Andy Beckerman
  • on Beginnings

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 Cassie Ramone of The Vivian Girls and The Babies. Raised in Ridgewood, NJ, Cassie grew up in the music scene that gave birth to bands like Real Estate and Titus Andronicus. Cassie and Katy Goodman formed The Vivian Girls in 2007, and after putting out three fantastic albums recently called it quits. However, Cassie continues to make music on her own and also in the band The Babies with Woods bassist Kevin Morby. Check out their two albums, both of which are great.

On a warm Saturday early in March, Cassie came over to the Harlem studio to talk about growing up with an autistic brother, emigrating from Poland, heart wormholes, having a wacky mom, princesses, the Ridgewood music scene, rebelling against your parents, being friends with your teachers, resurrection, and theories about dying. Cassie’s a really interesting person, and we had a great talk. And then in the second half, I talk to my friend, UCB performer Matthew Brian Cohen about the spirit of New Jersey and theories about what unites people like Tom Scharpling, Chris Gethard and Ted Leo.

Please subscribe on iTunes, and follow me on TwitterAlso look for a live streaming episode of the show on April 21st at 8pm EST with Josh Gondelman of John Oliver’s new show, vlogger Franchesca Ramsey and musical guest Lady Lamb and the Beekeeper.

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I dig The Vivian Girls and love The Babies, but didn’t know what to expect from Cassie. Turns out she’s an amazingly cool person with a really interesting background. For music nerds, we talk about growing up in the NJ music scene with members of Real Estate and Titus Andronicus, and for fear-of-death nerds, Cassie drops some knowledge on me, in this clip above, about how to feel better about dying. Subscribe to hear the whole thing this Thursday!