Wrestling Team is a sketch duo based in New York City, and Beginnings is their podcast where they learn how creative people - from their peers to already-established comedians, writers and performers - began their creative lives, from their earliest creative experience to their attempts to live a life built on imagineering®.
On today’s show we talk to cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt. Based in Brooklyn, Lisa has been making mini-comics for years, garnering a number of awards for her work, including Ignatz Awards in 2009 and 2010. Her cartoons have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer and many other publications, and this year, Drawn and Quarterly released her first book My Dirty Dumb Eyes.Last week, Lisa stopped by Andy’s new place in Harlem to discuss everything from horses, cats and animal deaths to school popularity and becoming self-conscious. And of course, exactly what you might expect from a comedy podcast: class consciousness; guilt and privilege; and anxiety and depression! Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see us live at the Del Close Marathon on June 29th and live at UCB East on July 2nd!
On today's show we talk to comedian Mary Mack. Graduating college with degrees in clarinet performance and conducting, Mary began her professional career as a music teacher. She soon gravitated towards comedy and since 2007 has performed at the Vancouver Comedy Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs and on TV on Live at Gotham and Last Comic Standing.A few weeks ago, Mary stopped by Andy's new place in Harlem while she was in town for a few days. While the episode's short, we talked about many things including: confusing you and the character you play, Monk Castle, the mistake on the lake, and not paying your taxes. Plus, we debut a brand new segment!Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see us live at the Del Close Marathon later this month!
100 episodes! It's been a blast, and while Mark and Andy accidentally turned into hyenas recently, they went out in style with a great live episode taped earlier in May at UCB East featuring Sam Seder of Majority Report; J.J. Sedelmaier, the co-creator of the SNL cartoons; Austin Brown of Parquet Courts; and musical guest Dan Friel. Hopefully, our fretful hosts will find a magical cure for their hyena-ism before episode 101! Check out our new website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and come see the next live episode on June 4th at 8pm at UCB East with Joe Randazzo (The Onion, Thing X), Larry Livermore (founder of Lookout! Records), Jamie Lee (Girl Code, Last Comic Standing), and musical guest Brother JT (Thrill Jockey, Drag City) and maybe more!
On today's show we talk to Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein of the electro-pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Dan and Josh met while performing in other bands, and in 2009 began to write music together. This would end up as their acclaimed debut album It's a Corporate World, which was released in 2011. Since then, the band has extensively toured the US and Europe, performed on Conan, and released a number of EPs, most recently one named Patterns.A few weeks ago, while stopping in New York for a few shows, Dan and Josh came up to Andy's old Harlem apartment to chat about our darkest childhood moments, cheating at business school and almost dying, and whether anti-semitism is passe or not.See the next live episode at UCB East on the June 4th at UCB East at pm (guests TBA)! In the meantime subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. And why not follow Andy and Mark on Twitter?
On today’s show, we talk to writer and director Mitch Magee. With a background in visual art, Mitch makes comedic videos and short films with a very unique aesthetic. His works have been part of the New York Television Festival, Channel 101, and HBO’s Funny or Die Presents, and he’s directed videos for websites like College Humor and Funny or Die. His short film “Thank You, Cabbage” is now in pre-production.A few weeks ago, Mitch came over to Andy's old Harlem apartment to talk about a wide range of things including: Roco and rococo, hot air balloons, New Hollywood, WTF, control issues and emotional repression, creating with constraints, privilege, as well as parents and creating your life in reaction to them.Subscribe on iTunes and leave a review! And why not follow Andy and Mark on Twitter?