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The Need to Fail Podcast

What do all of your favorite comedians, actors, writers, and artists have in common? At some point, they’ve all completely f*cking failed. Comedian Don Fanelli (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, UCB) sits down with folks at the top of their game to talk about the times they ate shit and their dreams felt more elusive than ever. These hilarious, heartbreaking, and incredibly relatable stories remind us that failure is not only necessary when pursuing a dream, but ultimately the inspiration that keeps us moving uncompromisingly forward.

Aug 29, 2017

Alison Rich (The Goldbergs, SNL) discusses the pressures of working at Saturday Night Live and what she took away from the experience. She also talks about the humbling experience of interning again at UCBLA after she had been regularly performing on house teams at UCBNY. Alison is candid, hilarious and packs this show...


Aug 22, 2017

I chat with my friend, Phil Jackson (Key & Peele, Brooklyn 99), about how following the mantra "onward and upward" helped him push through different failures and setbacks. We talk about testing for his first major television show as an actor, booking a role on a cancelled show, and how a miscommunication led to an...


Aug 15, 2017

I sit down and chat with Long Island's #1 Comedian/Sandwich expert, Jon Gabrus, about how he was almost cast in TBS's Wrecked, why he did so well auditioning for roles that he knew he would never get, and other personal road blocks this insane business has caused. We also talk about setting goals and I share my methods...


Aug 8, 2017

Actress/Comedian Nicole Byer tells a heartbreaking story about being fired on set at one of her first gigs. We also go into the trials and tribulations of auditioning, how to get over a show being cancelled, and why Columbus, OH is such a difficult place to do standup. 


Aug 1, 2017

After a four year hiatus, Don Fanelli is back and talks to his friend, writer/actor Dan Klein (Great News, Wet Hot American Summer) about what it was like doing some of his best work on stage, only to watch his friends get hired by Jimmy Fallon and Seth Myers. He also talks about being distracted by grapes during his...