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Andy Beckerman

—Ep. 151 Andy Daly


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 Andy Daly. Born in New York, Andy started comedy in the late 90s first with Chicago City Limits and then with UCB, where he was part of the first wave of the theatre and performed on the legendary team The Swarm. In 2000, Andy moved to LA to join the cast of MADtv, and since then has performed on a number of awesome shows including Eastbound and Down, The Life and Times of Tim, and Reno 911. Recently his show Review premiered on Comedy Central, where Andy’s character Forrest MacNeil reviews life events like getting a divorce or being a racist.

Early in March, Andy came over to my Harlem studio to discuss The Monkees, the fragility of existence, fatherhood, “Cookies On a Shelf”, neighborhood games, living in your imagination, the character of Ridgewood, NJ, and trouble with school. And in the second half of the show, I talk to my friend, UCB house performer and former Beginnings guest Matt Fisher about how fatherhood has transformed him and how children affect your creativity. Matt’s one of my favorite people, and I learned a lot of stuff about how fatherhood affects who you are.

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Both these Andys are world-class, and this is an awesome ep before you even get around to ol’ Fish!


It’s time for the UCB Comedy Round Up! This week, Matt Fisher chats with Nat Towsen about his upcoming show Nat Towsen’s Downtown Variety Hour!

Guys, I don’t give a shit anymore.

Guys, I don’t give a shit anymore.


Near the end of The Shining, as Wendy staggers around the hotel looking for Danny, she passes a painting of a cow reclining in a field, seemingly staring at the moon. The painting is titled “Moon and Cow” (1963) by Canadian artist Alex Colville.

Colville’s paintings are often described as having a subtly unsettling quality, which is perhaps why Kubrick chose to feature them in The Shining.

Colville died in 2013 at the age of 92. After his passing, his son, Graham, remarked:

“I must say, I (felt) slight surprise when I saw Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining and I suddenly realized my father’s paintings were in the background in numerous scenes. They were implanted in that film as almost subliminal messages.“

Another of Colville’s paintings can be seen near the beginning of the film.