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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Aalesund International School in Aalesund, Norway celebrated its second annual Katie Fisher Day today making some good old fashioned Chocolate Chip cookies! (To which the Norwegian children said,”What’s a chocolate chip?” and I said,”You have the Disney Channel and Justin Beiber, but you don’t know what chocolate chips are? You are choosing the entirely wrong things to import from the US.”)
As some of you may have heard, NYC comedian Liza Dye was struck by a subway train yesterday. She is in the hospital now and receiving treatment, but her bills are piling up fast. Liza is taking UCB classes and she does stand-up at UCBeast frequently. News story here.