Ep. 137: Brian Stack

  • 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 “Conan” writer Brian Stack. Taking his first improv lesson in 1987, Brian spent the next decade honing his craft, and performed at Second City for four of those years. In 1997, he joined the writing staff of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, and since then has stayed with the show through its three iterations, where he’s played numerous characters such as Clive Clemmons, Kilty McBagpipes and one of the Slipnutz.

(By the way, here’s a link to the Del Close video that Brian made, which is mentioned during the interview.)

Back in December, Brian joined me in writers room of “The Pete Holmes Show” to talk about showbiz as an alien pursuit, proposal stories, PTSD, Irish Catholic repression, Crummy Magazine, Mr. Mike’s Least-Loved Bedtime Tales,  studying with Del Close, reminiscing about Chris Farley, office politics, the worst Conan sketches, copying your heroes, and Bill Haverchuck. Also, in the second half of the show, I talk with comedian Bethany Hall of “The Chris Gethard Show” about office pranks, office politics and office pervs.

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