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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.

Jul 29, 2013

After a minor summer hiatus, the Need to Fail is back with a fun interview Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black) talking about his acting journey.  

May 10, 2013

In this episode, I have a super fun conversation with Abbi Jacobson (Broad City, Color This Book) about Philadelphia, The Mighty Ducks, her Atlantic Theatre meltdown, and her journey through the UCB system.  Note this was recorded before the Boston bombing's so please excuse my "fuck that city" comment.  

Apr 9, 2013

Josh Patten (SNL's Weekend Update, UCB's Grandma's Ashes) delivers a captivating interview filled with improv and life gems. Josh discusses the couple of times throughout doing improv where he accepted failure and recommitted to the love of improv and how that led him to new opportunities in the art.

Mar 20, 2013

I sit down and talk to Josh Ruben (College Humor, UCB) about how getting rejected from a couple of collegiate acting programs led him to study with some of the most accomplished teachers in the business.  We also talk about a haunting 30 Rock audition, how making videos, pre-You Tube, led him to College Humor, and how...

Mar 4, 2013

I sit down with friend and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Benjamin Apple ( to talk about the couple of times he did not get onto a UCB Harold Team and how it led him to a professional writing job in comedy.