Ep. 170: Live at DCM with Megan Neuringer and Phil Jackson/Ramsey Ess

  • by 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.

Oh yeah! This week’s episode was taped live on June 29th at the 16th annual Del Close Marathon, and what a blast it was. After sprinting a bunch of avenue blocks (because the trains were messed up) to get to UCB East on time, I was frazzled and dripping sweat, but my physical grossness did not stop Megan Neuringer and Phil Jackson from being awesome guests. By way of bios, Megan is a stand-up and house performer at UCB, who you’ve seen on shows like Best Week Ever and @Midnight, and Phil is a performer and currently a writer on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele.

So what, you might ask, did we talk about? Great question! And the answer is: a moment of abject fear, nerd culture, Jamaican culture, Ferris Buellering it (and other tangential references), recurring dreams and the California Raisins, and twin songs. Plus! In the second half, I talk to my good friend, and co-host of my new podcast Snap Impression, Ramsey Ess. Ramsey is a writer and the creator of the great webseries Ramsey Has a Time Machine, and we chat about jobs: the worst job he’s ever had, which is a doozy, and the commercial I just did, which was a surreal time.

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Ep. 169: Peter Matthew Bauer/Sunita Mani

  • by 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 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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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!

Ep. 168: Jason Nash/Stephanie Streisand

  • by 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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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!).

Ep. 167: Anthony King/Taylor Moore

  • by 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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