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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.

Oct 31, 2017

Fran Gillespie (SNL, Wet Hot American Summer) performed at the highest level in NY in both sketch and improv for over 10 years, but did not make the cut when she auditioned out in LA. We talk about the realities of a backup plan, the etiquette of asking for help, specificity in goal setting, and the shared...


Oct 24, 2017

Nick Kocher (SNL, BriTANick) had a pilot passed on by Comedy Central at the same time that his roommate had one green-lit. We chat about early BriTANick video blunders, going a little too "method" for his NYU audition, and why he believes doing the work is more important than asking for help.


Oct 17, 2017

D'arcy Carden (The Good Place, Broad City) had a creative purge and accepted the fact that acting was just not going to work out for her... then she booked The Good Place one month later. We share audition tips, talk about the success/failure pattern in her life, and how a flub in her network test for The Good Place...


Oct 10, 2017

Doug Mand (How I Met Your Mother, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) gives a sobering account of the realities of being a professional writer. We talk about what it's like to sell scripts but never see them get made, the qualities of a good writers room, and what caused him to take a break from writing network pilots. 


Oct 3, 2017

Emily Altman (Kimmy Schmidt, Big Mouth) knew it was going to be difficult transitioning from an Italian professor to a comedy writer. She just didn't know it would be as soul crushing. We talk about what it was like getting some bad news in front of her students, paying it forward, and the deep satisfaction that...