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Episode 67: Josh Sharp

Tue Nov 13 2018 (01:06:16)

Josh Sharp (The Opposition, 2 Broke Girls) and Don were both recently part of cancelled television shows. They try to break down how they feel and what they've learned from the process. Josh talks about how he sees his failures as more like icing on a cake, how he takes comfort in nihilism, and how no one cares about you unless you are Childish Gambino.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PA ...

Episode 66: Alice Wetterlund

Tue Nov 06 2018 (01:09:29)

Alice Wetterlund (People of Earth, Silicon Valley) went years without booking anything while battling personal demons, and even when she started to book, didn't feel like anyone was in her corner. We chat about how a cat shelter saved her life, how becoming a buddhist gave her a complete perspective shift, and why she believes it is necessary to have bad movies made.THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY EVERLANE!Go to www.everlane.com/fail and enjoy free shipping off of your first order!CONNECT W/ T ...

Episode 65: Gary Richardson

Mon Oct 29 2018 (50:47)

Gary Richardson (SNL, High Maintenance) tested three times and was put on hold twice before getting hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live. He talks about how the inability to work on other gigs while on hold sparked him to make his own short film, which eventually got him his first professional writing job. We also chat about his decision to leave Chicago, what he does when he is burned out, and how he does not believe in right or wrong choices.THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY HELLO FRESH!G ...

Episode 64: Joe Mande

Tue Oct 23 2018 (53:59)

Joe Mande (The Good Place, Parks & Rec) spent many years flailing around doing open mics in NY, directionless, and getting heckled by other comedians. We chat about his first hour-long set and how he immediately offended a bunch of Canadians, how being on the other side of camera taught him how much of this industry is out of your control, dealing with Imodium, maxi pads, and a sweater change before filming his Comedy Central half-hour, and how he went ahead and shot his special anyway when Netf ...

Episode 63: Wayne Federman

Tue Oct 16 2018 (01:00:05)

Wayne Federman (The History of Standup, The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling) talks about why after decades of being a standup comedian and actor, he feels like he still hasn't made it. We chat about what he learned from Jerry Seinfeld and Gary Shandling, his inner drive and resilience, and getting fired from Mad About You after acing the audition for another role.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT T ...

Episode 62: Will Hines

Tue Oct 09 2018 (01:16:23)

Will Hines (Wrecked, How to Be the Greatest Improviser on Earth) reveals his failed sketch show that he wrote about New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. He dishes out advice on his writing routine that led him to bang out 4 pilots in one year, talks about his unexpected acting career, and gives us a behind the scenes look at the development process for his acclaimed sketch show, Small Men.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donf ...

Episode 61: Kevin Avery

Tue Oct 02 2018 (01:21:21)

Kevin Avery (The Jim Jefferies Show, Last Week Tonight) shares multiple stories of professional rejections and "why am I doing this" moments. He dishes out advice to anyone thinking of moving to Los Angeles and talks about how a rejected piece of writing inspired him to develop short film which ultimately landed him his first agent. We also talk about the pressures of being a head writer and how Hollywood can be summed up by the movie Avatar.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:h ...

Episode 60: Kevin McDonald

Tue Sep 25 2018 (59:29)

Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall, Arrested Development) was devastated when he was kicked out of his college acting program. But this led him to The Second City in Toronto, where he started taking classes and met his future collaborators. We talk about the ups and downs of the Kids in the Hall's journey to television, how he overcame the jealously of his friend's success, and what was on that little piece of paper he kept with him for over 13 years.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TW ...

Episode 59: Megan Neuringer

Tue Sep 18 2018 (01:11:24)

Megan Neuringer (Portlandia, Kroll Show) was not able to show up for her career the way she wanted to these last couple of years as she dealt with personal losses. She talks about why a lot of her anxieties went away when she switched from improv to standup, how a half committed, wind susceptible vision board still eerily manifested some goals, and what she did the moment her therapist said that she was allowed to walk away from her career.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:htt ...

Episode 58: Frank Garcia-Hejl

Tue Sep 11 2018 (01:58:19)

Frank Garcia-Hejl (First Impressions, Difficult People) worked tirelessly for many years, overcoming personal demons and honing his skills only to fall just short of achieving his one dream of performing on Saturday Night Live. In this vulnerable interview, Frank peels back the curtain and helps demystify the SNL audition process, from his first showcases to meeting with Lorne, providing valuable advice to would-be auditioners.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter. ...

Episode 57: Matt Besser

Tue Sep 04 2018 (01:30:30)

Matt Besser (improv4humans, Upright Citizens Brigade) goes through various setbacks at different stages of his career and tries to explore the definition failure within the UCB system. We chat about failing on your own terms, envy vs. inspiration, and why to not compare your improvised television show to Curb Your Enthusiasm when pitching.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONU ...

Episode 56: Aaron Jackson

Tue Aug 28 2018 (49:30)

Aaron Jackson (The Opposition, Broad City) talks about not being able to land representation for many years, even while he was performing on a hit show. We chat about his novel mishaps, how a particularly brief open call drove him from musical theater, and the often embarrassing and humiliating world of commercial auditioning.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE: ...

Episode 55: Rob Huebel

Tue Aug 21 2018 (01:19:34)

Rob Huebel (Transparent, Do You Want to See a Dead Body) takes us through his many ups and downs in the acting and developing world. He talks about locking himself in a hotel room for five days to rewrite scripts and the necessity for creating your own little mafia. He also dishes out some auditioning and pitching advice and chats about how he deals with the uncertainty of many future projects.THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY HELLO FRESH!Go to www.hellofresh.com/fail60 and use promo code fail60 ...

Episode 54: Hallie Cantor

Tue Aug 14 2018 (49:54)

Hallie Cantor (Arrested Development, Lady Dynamite) discusses the realities writing on popular TV shows and still experiencing long droughts of employment. She talks about her awkward Emmy's experience, getting a job at a candy store to bide her time, and the importance of asking for deadlines.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedto ...

Episode 53: Natasha Rothwell

Tue Aug 07 2018 (01:03:05)

Natasha Rothwell (Insecure; Love, Simon) faces some serious imposter syndrome the more successful she gets. She discusses the key take aways auditioning and writing for SNL, the importance of protecting your solitude, and how it is vital for those that feel marginalized and underrepresented to adopt a mindset of abundance.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:http ...

Episode 52: Gil Ozeri

Tue Jul 31 2018 (01:12:11)

It took Gil Ozeri (Big Mouth, Brooklyn 99) six times to get on a UCB house team, before he wound up being on three of the best. Gil talks about how he was motivated to Snapchat after a lot of his projects failed to get made, how sometimes to fix the cause you need to clean the symptoms, and he also flips the script and asks Don some vital questions about failure.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT ...

Episode 51: Kristen Bartlett

Tue Jul 24 2018 (01:30:45)

Kristen Bartlett (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, SNL) lost her husband's father and then her father within a 4 month period while pursuing her dream of working in comedy. After multiple rejections from UCB sketch teams, she decided to form her own team, and eventually turn her grief into a celebrated sketch show, The Dead Dad's Club. We also dive deep into her time writing at SNL and how she dealt with going from a successful first season to being a mid-season casualty.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FA ...

Episode 50: Jessica St. Clair

Tue Jul 17 2018 (01:10:43)

50th Episode Live at UCB Franklin!

Special live episode from the UCB Franklin Theatre with Jessica St. Clair (Playing House, Veep)! Jessica shares hilarious and heartbreaking stories about being fired from two of her first pilots and also as an extra in a soap opera for a poorly timed fart. She takes us on a journey through her writing and acting process for BFF and Playing House, and how she dealt with the aftermath of show cancellations and eventually, cancer. She talks about how motherhood saved her life, how she has Julia Lou ...

Episode 49: Dan Gregor

Tue Jul 10 2018 (01:12:06)

Dan Gregor (How I Met Your Mother, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) worked as a development assistant at HBO for two years and shares what he learned and failed at when trying to develop his own shows. We also talk about his first failed pilot (which led to an injury), the differences between writing for television and for movies, and the inevitable ups and downs in a writers room.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE S ...

Episode 48: Betsy Sodaro

Tue Jun 26 2018 (59:14)

Betsy Sodaro (Disjointed, Another Period) had particularly bad audition - she was hungover and anxious in the waiting room and things only got worse from there. We dive into her audition process, talk about an uncomfortable encounter with some mean girls, and discuss the effects of growing up Catholic as it relates to our fears, self-doubts, and performances.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ...

Episode 47: Johnathan Fernandez

Tue Jun 19 2018 (01:18:05)

Johnathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon, Girls) had the unfortunate experience of being replaced on a show... and not being told about it. We chat about how that show caused a shoe-in roll to fall through, the mindset he keeps to push through stagnation and setbacks, and the insane last minute audition process that got the role of Scorsese on Lethal Weapon.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PAT ...

Episode 46: Adam Lustick

Tue Jun 12 2018 (01:12:58)

Adam Lustick (Corporate, Adam Ruins Everything) learned early, by a very sobering acting teacher, that he would most likely fail in this industry. But he returns to this philosophy often to quickly shake off his setbacks. We talk about the early days of his sketch team, Harvard Sailing Team, his insecurities and eventual firing from the show Punk'd, and he shares many jewels of wisdom on acting, auditioning, and being creative.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter. ...

Episode 45: George Kareman

Tue Jun 05 2018 (01:16:19)

George Kareman (Search Party, Silicon Valley) takes us on a spiritual journey of self-improvement and discipline, leading us to rename today's podcast, The Spiritual Bros. George talks about his failed UCB Harold audition, possibly inheriting self-sabotage from his late father, and guides us through his ten day silent retreat experience. Get ready for parables, serendipitous motorcycle accidents, and cold showers.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtof ...

Episode 44: Jen Bartels

Tue May 29 2018 (50:35)

Jen Bartels (American Woman, Friends of the People) gets cut from her Harold Team at UCB and has a series of career ups and downs, until she finds herself running out of money and being confronted about changing careers from her mother. We nerd out about acting, talk about the negative effects of self-talk, and are taken on an insane rollercoaster ride through the multiple auditions for American Woman.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://t ...

Episode 43: Veronica Osorio

Tue May 22 2018 (01:26:07)

Veronica Osorio (Hail, Caesar!, Treks and the City), after performing for hundreds of people a night for over four years in Venezuela, struggles to overcome the relentless biases she experiences when immigrating to America. We talk about how having a "winners mentality" helped push her through the dark times, her experience volunteering with the real Patch Adams, and how being recast in TV show led her on a spiritual journey which serendipitously prepared her for her most recent role.CONNECT W/ ...

Episode 42: Carl Tart

Tue May 15 2018 (01:12:51)

Carl Tart (MadTV, White Women) opens up about multiple setbacks. We talk candidly about the difficulties performing in Amsterdam with Boom Chicago and the chaos that is Just For Laughs auditions. We also chat about the differences between the NY/LA indie scenes and theater philosophies, the ups and downs working in a writers room, and the realities of being a minority in the comedy scene.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/don ...

Episode 41: Maggie Carey

Tue May 08 2018 (01:08:23)

Maggie Carey (Silicon Valley, Last Man on Earth) gets candid about what it is like being a working mother of three in Hollywood. She opens up about the fears she had of being judged and possibly not having a job to come back to while being a new mom and the powerful tools she used to push through the doubts and hardships. We talk about the advantages of having a sports background, how setting a timer helps maximize her limited availability to work on personal projects, and she kindly dishes out ...

Episode 40: Neil Casey

Tue May 01 2018 (01:25:00)

Neil Casey (Ghostbusters, Silicon Valley) was homeless for almost 5 months in 2012 and wrote half of his SNL packet living at the Greenpoint YMCA. We chat about how getting rid of a lot of baggage freed him up and helped him focus on what he really wanted. He also takes us through his SNL screen test and work experience and gives tips on preparing for big auditions.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPO ...

Episode 39: Lauren Adams

Tue Apr 24 2018 (01:10:29)

Lauren Adams (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Deadbeat) was waking up at 5:30am, waiting in line for hours at hopeless equity calls, and after three particularly disturbing weekends as a server she decided to step away from the business. We talk about losing out on a shoo-in role in Sacramento, catching a last minute flight from her vacation in Costa Rica to get to her same day screen test for Kimmy Schmidt, and how one can manufacture a screw it attitude.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON ...

Episode 38: David Reichelt

Tue Apr 17 2018 (48:55)

At 33 years old, after a lifetime of career trial and errors, David Reichelt (Color Switch) starts to develop games, and over a two year period, creates forty... which all failed. Overcoming depression, major debt, and myriad jobs, David's 41st game, Color Switch, garnered over 200million downloads and set worldwide records. We chat about the important tools David used to keep moving forward, how his time as a medic in Iraq helped shape his perspective and resilience, and how using specific tech ...

Episode 37: Sasheer Zamata

Tue Apr 10 2018 (01:02:17)

After not passing an improv class, Sasheer Zamata (SNL, I Feel Pretty) is motivated to create her own group, which gets a run at the theater a couple of months later. We chat about a standup meltdown, the fear of not having enough money to continue pursuing her goals, and the importance of self care.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/the ...

Episode 36: Dru Johnston

Tue Apr 03 2018 (01:26:36)

Dru Johnston (The Chris Gethard Show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) was living off a daily supply of coffee, pizza and beer his first three months of living in New York, as he slowly drained his savings and put all of his effort into winning a short play competition. He lost. We chat about how his anger over early rejections eventually led to a creatively satisfying year long project and we go into depth about the setbacks with our old sketch show, Sketches From an Italian Restaurant: A Billy Joel ...

Episode 35: Adam Conover

Tue Mar 27 2018 (01:15:31)

Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything, BoJack Horseman) talks about his most humiliating time on stage and the practical ways he moved past it. We also chat about how he develops his standup, how he has moved past quantifying his performances and how he pushed through his insecurities in his early sketch group, Olde English.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:http ...

Episode: 34: Jamie Lee

Tue Mar 20 2018 (57:51)

Jamie Lee (Crashing, GirlCode) shares a story about two stand up sets that got her in her head and caused her to reevaluate things. We chat about having a calendar as a companion, the most important tip she's gotten from her acting coach, the importance of self care and what it means to find your expanders.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon. ...

Episode 33: Dr. Samuel West

Tue Mar 13 2018 (57:39)

Dr. Samuel West (The Museum of Failure) talks about the failures associated with launching his Museum of Failure. He also cuts through the crap and chats about the realities of productivity, yearning for the relatable, some of his favorite products in the museum, and the concept of goal free living.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/then ...

Episode 32: Josh Gondelman

Tue Mar 06 2018 (01:02:16)

Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight, Physical Whisper) talks about a pretty tumultuous week doing standup at a casino in Atlantic City, NJ. We also chat about various ego blows, how being genuinely positive has given him an advantage in comedy, and some tips on how he breaks through his creative blocks.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/th ...

Episode 31: Jo Firestone

Tue Feb 27 2018

Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Search Party) has put on her fair share of live shows in New York. Many did not go according to plan. We talk about failed shows that led to fist fights, lost money, and fourteen cases of expired,...

Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Search Party) has put on her fair share of live shows in New York. Many did not go according to plan. We talk about failed shows that led to fist fights, lost money, and fourteen cases of expired, pickle flavored potato chips. We also learn why she thinks about giving up about once a year and how at her lowest moments, she gets her best ideas.

Episode 31: Jo Firestone

Tue Feb 27 2018 (44:37)

Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Search Party) has put on her fair share of live shows in New York. Many did not go according to plan. We talk about failed shows that led to fist fights, lost money, and fourteen cases of expired, pickle flavored potato chips. We also learn why she thinks about giving up about once a year and how at her lowest moments, she gets her best ideas.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com ...

Episode 30: Zhubin Parang

Tue Feb 20 2018 (01:03:35)

Zhubin Parang (Head Writer of The Daily Show) joins the podcast to talk about the hallmarks of a failure spiral. We also chat about balancing law and comedy, the failure culture in a writers room, tips on submitting a packet, and how Zhubin thought he was going to get fired on his first day at The Daily Show.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreo ...

Episode 29: Laura Willcox

Tue Feb 13 2018 (01:15:06)

On a very special Valentine's Day episode, Don's brilliant, beautiful, incomparable, caring, fantastic, amazing wife, Laura Willcox (The Jim Jefferies Show, I Am Bride) joins the podcast and talks about failing a pivotal improv class, a particularly tearful sketch rehearsal, and how her first major acting gig was cut short by a more popular, parallel show. Don and Laura also get candid about their ups and downs during their seven year relationship and how their love GROWS STRONGER EVERYDAY.CONNE ...

Episode 28: Chris Gethard

Tue Feb 06 2018 (01:20:15)

In our Season 3 premiere, renegade comedian Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, Beautiful/Anonymous) explains why failure has been his greatest ally and how he kept moving forward after so much rejection. We talk about panic attacks, his delicate dance with ego, a live Career Suicide show that almost spurred a fist fight, and how a shift in perspective helped him cope with harsh public criticism after a cancelled sitcom.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/ ...

Episode 27: Anthony King

Tue Dec 19 2017 (01:09:07)

Anthony King (Search Party, Silicon Valley) was one of the most influential figures to come through the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, acting as Artistic Director for almost a decade, helping to launch the careers of many writers and performers working today. In this interview Anthony reflects on his time as AD, addresses his insecurities, and gives us insight into his approach to writing. He also shares a story about an inspiring speech to high schoolers that totally backfired.CONNECT W/ THE ...

Episode 26: Mary Holland

Tue Dec 12 2017 (56:51)

Mary Holland (Veep, The Good Place) has been steadily employed for the last three years here in LA. But the first 7 years were a much different story. We talk about the point when she realized her dreams might not come true and why she started to question her instincts and sanity. We also talk about how a job working with one of her heroes was cut short, how she failed at using her excessive perspiration at an audition, and Gandalf the Great Inspirer.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON ...

Episode 25: Mike Castle

Tue Dec 05 2017 (01:20:53)

Mike Castle (Action #1, Clipped) takes us on an honest and self-reflective journey through personal and professional loss. In a six month span, Mike loses his father, his dog, and two pilots he was excited to act in, so he leaves the country to work on a farm in Ireland for a couple of months.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtof ...

Episode 24: Shaun Diston

Tue Nov 28 2017 (01:23:38)

Shaun Diston (Wrecked, Playing House) had to reevaluate his life after getting arrested at age 22 in Florida. We chat about what kept him motivated after getting cut from a UCB Harold Team, how long showers and smoking are part of his creative routines, and what happens when you are forced to be completely honest with yourself.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE ...

Episode 23: Nate Dern

Tue Nov 21 2017 (59:05)

Nate Dern (Funny or Die, Not Quite A Genius) talks about the tumultuous two months after graduating as a teacher for Teach for America. We also chat about his oopsies as Artistic Director for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the one major regret he had as a contestant on reality show Beauty and The Geek, and the multiple rejections he had to withstand from publishers and agents before his book was published. Nate also kindly allows me to read the list of 47 television shows he has been reje ...

Episode 22: Paul Briganti

Tue Nov 14 2017 (01:06:56)

Paul Briganti (SNL) makes the difficult decision to transfer colleges and attempts to find his creative people. We talk about directing at Saturday Night Live, his love of editing, and the ongoing, seven year struggle to land a manager.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSCRIBE/RATE/REVIEW TN2F on Apple Podcasts, Google Pl ...

Episode 21: Adam Newman

Tue Nov 07 2017 (01:14:57)

Adam Newman (Silicon Valley, Letterman) talks about how he honed his stand-up for over a year preparing for his one hour special, only to have the network that was hosting it, shut down. We talk about his fitful journey towards Letterman, panic attacks, and drawing inspiration from 90's basketball.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/thene ...

Episode 20: Fran Gillespie

Tue Oct 31 2017 (01:02:42)

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 procrastination experience.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS ...

Episode 19: Nick Kocher

Tue Oct 24 2017 (01:05:17)

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.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofa ...

Episode 18: D'Arcy Carden

Tue Oct 17 2017 (01:01:35)

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 could have been the deciding factor in booking the role. Also, Don embarrassingly shares his ideal breakfast.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/ ...

Episode 17: Doug Mand

Tue Oct 10 2017 (53:29)

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.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com ...

Episode 16: Emily Altman

Tue Oct 03 2017 (56:52)

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 can only come from playing video games.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATR ...

Episode 15: John Milhiser

Tue Sep 26 2017 (48:08)

John Milhiser (SNL, The Guest Book) talks about his early struggles to get on a UCB sketch team, his ups and downs at Saturday Night Live, and why he stopped using wigs for his characters. We also chat about goal setting and how it's important to see the goals you write down.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSCRIBE/RATE/ ...

Episode 14: Kassia Miller

Tue Sep 19 2017 (48:33)

A few years after Kassia Miller (Last Man on Earth, Trial & Error) quits her job as a lawyer to pursue comedy full time, she is sat down by her father and asked to reconsider her goals. She also talks about being motivated by fear, books on creativity, and how she wishes on eye lashes.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSC ...

Episode 13: Andrew Law

Tue Sep 12 2017 (01:22:33)

Andrew Law (Silicon Valley, The Good Place) knew he hit a financial low, when he discovered moths in his rice. He talks about why he briefly quit performing and how he found a surprising mentor who gave him the opportunity to face his fear and pursue his goals.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSCRIBE/RATE/REVIEW TN2F on ...

Episode 12: Alison Bennett

Tue Sep 05 2017 (40:46)

Alison Bennett (You're The Worst, LA > Vegas) talks about how she quit her job to take her first professional TV writing gig, only to be put through the ringer and not asked back. We discuss how that opportunity led to forming lasting friendships and how she tries to "organize her brain to silence."CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/t ...

Episode 11: Alison Rich

Tue Aug 29 2017 (01:06:57)

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 with little nuggets of wisdom.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREO ...

Episode 10: Phil Augusta Jackson

Tue Aug 22 2017 (51:20)

Phil Jackson (Key & Peele, Brooklyn 99), follows the mantra "onward and upward" which helps 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 eleventh hour edit on a sketch that would eventually land him a gig at Key and Peele.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SU ...

Episode 9: Jon Gabrus

Tue Aug 15 2017 (01:14:40)

I sit down and chat with Long Island's #1 Comedian/Sandwich expert, Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, Workaholics), about how he was almost cast in TBS's Wrecked, why he did sowell 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 sharemy methods for doing so. Oh, and the Ice Cream Man passes by during my intro and I am horrified at what I see.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER: ...

Episode 8: Nicole Byer

Tue Aug 08 2017 (01:05:13)

Actress/Comedian Nicole Byer (Nailed It, Why Won't You Date Me) tells a heartbreaking story aboutbeing fired on set at one of her first gigs. We also go into the trials and tribulations of auditioning, how to get overa show being cancelled, and why Columbus, OH issuch a difficult place to do standup.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/the ...

Episode 7: Dan Klein

Tue Aug 01 2017 (44:24)

First Episode of Season 2!

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 ofhis best work on stage, onlyto watch his friends get hiredby Jimmy Fallon and Seth Myers. He also talks about being distracted by grapes during his SNL audition and what drove him to participate inBehavioral Cognitive Therapy.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/ ...

Update #2: Why the 4 Year Hiatus?

Tue Jul 25 2017 (21:53)

And other ups and downs...

A short episode where I talk about why there was a 4 year hiatus with The Need to Fail and how it relates to some professional ups and downs. I give a brief history on where this concept started and how I failed to pitchthe concept to production companies and podcast networks. I also talk about how my life on stage was going much better than my life in front of the camera and how I attempted to bridge the gap.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailh ...

New Season Update and Teaser!

Tue Jul 18 2017 (07:34)

A quick update on the new Need to Fail anda teaser on what to expect this year! New episodes released every Tuesday starting August 1st!CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSCRIBE/RATE/REVIEW TN2F on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCASThttp://fore ...

Episode 6: Matt McGorry

Mon Jul 29 2013 (40:27)

After a minor summer hiatus, the Need to Fail is back with a fun interview Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away With Murder) talking about his acting journey.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSCRIBE/RATE/REVIEW TN2F on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO ...

Episode 5: Abbi Jacobson

Fri May 10 2013 (52:21)

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.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSCRIBE/RATE/REVIEW TN2F on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you ...

Episode 4: Josh Patten

Tue Apr 09 2013 (42:27)

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.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/the ...

Episode 3: Josh Ruben

Wed Mar 20 2013 (48:37)

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 he called his agent 10 times before he got a meeting. And Jaws, we talk about Jaws.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitt ...

Episode 2: Benjamin Apple

Mon Mar 04 2013 (40:51)

I sit down with friend and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Benjamin Apple (www.benjaminapple.com) 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.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreon.com/theneedtofailSUBSCRIBE/RATE/REVIEW TN2F on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, ...

Episode 1: Lauren Lapkus

Fri Feb 15 2013 (36:42)

The first episode of The Need to Fail! Don talks with Lauren Lapkus (Are You There, Chelsea?, Orange is the New Black, UCBLA) about high school rejection, the road to improv, and vision boards! Don also starts off with a quick story about losing his mind when he was stuck in traffic on his way to an audition.CONNECT W/ THE NEED TO FAIL & DON FANELLI ON TWITTER:https://twitter.com/theneedtofailhttps://twitter.com/donfanelliAND PLEASE SUPPORT TN2F ON PATREON FOR BONUS EPS & MORE:https://www.patreo ...