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The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli

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Rank #200 in Comedy Interviews category

Comedy
Education
Comedy Interviews
Self-Improvement
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What do all of your favorite comedians, actors, writers, and artists have in common? At some point, they’ve all completely failed. Comedian Don Fanelli sits down with folks at the top of their game to talk about the times 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. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

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What do all of your favorite comedians, actors, writers, and artists have in common? At some point, they’ve all completely failed. Comedian Don Fanelli sits down with folks at the top of their game to talk about the times 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. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

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By JessAkOop - Nov 02 2019
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This is a great podcast for anyone pursuing a creative career. It’s so helpful and inspiring to hear other people’s experiences with failure and their strategies for moving past them. They also talk a lot about how sometimes missing the job you *think* you want leads to the job that truly makes you happy. Great conversations and host. Give it a listen!

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By Mary Nepisode - Sep 28 2018
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This podcast is everything, so glad I found it!! Thanks for what you do!

iTunes Ratings

207 Ratings
Average Ratings
204
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Awesome

By JessAkOop - Nov 02 2019
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This is a great podcast for anyone pursuing a creative career. It’s so helpful and inspiring to hear other people’s experiences with failure and their strategies for moving past them. They also talk a lot about how sometimes missing the job you *think* you want leads to the job that truly makes you happy. Great conversations and host. Give it a listen!

Yes.

By Mary Nepisode - Sep 28 2018
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This podcast is everything, so glad I found it!! Thanks for what you do!

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What do all of your favorite comedians, actors, writers, and artists have in common? At some point, they’ve all completely failed. Comedian Don Fanelli sits down with folks at the top of their game to talk about the times 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. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

Rank #1: Episode 85: Sean Clements

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Sean Clements (Hollywood Handbook, Workaholics) opens up about his battle with addiction, some of his rock bottom moments, how he got sober, and how he found his purpose. We also chat about not working for a year and having a huge swing and miss interview for a writing job, trying to sell the thing you think is really good  vs. trying to sell the thing you think will sell, and how Minnie Driver gave him some encouraging words after his UCB 101 class show.

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Apr 02 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #2: Episode 108: Jason Mantzoukas

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Jason Mantzoukas (Big Mouth, John Wick 3) talks about all the gut-wrenching ups and downs of an NBC show he created that was never released and the silver lining postscript. We chat about what it was like to get positive performance feedback from peers and audiences but not from the industry, the point in his career where he decided to stop acting and auditioning, the importance of being allowed to perform in a bad show for a year, and how grateful he was to the casting director who told him he would not work for a long time. 

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Sep 10 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 73: Tami Sagher

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In our Season 5 premier, guest Tami Sagher talks about depression, shame, and the fear of doing this podcast. We chat about her extensive experience with The Artist's Way and the group she checks in with weekly, the time she got "Housed" by Hugh Laurie, and how she believes that success and failure is not based on one decision, but the million little decisions we make on a daily basis. Tami also opens up about her experience showrunning Season 1 of Broad City and how she dealt with not being asked back.

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Jan 08 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 18: D'Arcy Carden

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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.

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Oct 17 2017

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Rank #5: Episode 40: Neil Casey

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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.

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May 01 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #6: Episode 74: Lennon Parham

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Lennon Parham (Playing House, Veep) talks about how she rocked her SNL showcase, bringing her one step closer to her dream, but was never asked to officially audition. We chat about using visualizations to help with pre-performance jitters, getting in trouble on a Batman tie-in commercial set, running a writers room as a new mom, and how things started to pick up when she finally allowed herself to say the things she wanted out loud.

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Jan 15 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #7: Episode 5: Abbi Jacobson

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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.

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Rank #8: Episode 28: Chris Gethard

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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. 

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Feb 06 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #9: Episode 95: Mitra Jouhari

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Mitra Jouhari (Big Mouth, High Maintenance) felt herself tanking her producer's session mid-audition for a big pilot. We chat about how her bad days are filled with a sense of desperation, the genesis of Three Busy Debras, and how putting on a staged reading of some previously passed on material helped to prove that she could write solo.

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Jun 11 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #10: Episode 37: Sasheer Zamata

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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.

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Apr 10 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #11: Episode 81: Sudi Green

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Sudi Green (SNL, Golden Globes) talks about what she's learned in her first couple of years writing for SNL. We talk about how her definition of success has changed, the difficulties of giving yourself a whole day to write, and the importance of staying in the giggle zone to help push through the lows and churn out creative work.

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Mar 05 2019

51mins

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Rank #12: Episode 64: Joe Mande

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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 Netflix wasn't willing to give him an hour.

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Oct 23 2018

1hr

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Rank #13: Episode 58: Frank Garcia-Hejl

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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.

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Sep 11 2018

2hr 4mins

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Rank #14: Episode 104: Casey Wilson

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Casey Wilson (Happy Endings, Black Monday) was forced to respond to an article saying she was fired from SNL for being overweight. This was four days after she was mailed her personal items from the show: a box of broken bottles and family pictures. We chat about how her anger issues were used as a motivator in her career, how an early manager firing went horribly wrong, and the insane story of her last minute Happy Endings audition. 

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Aug 13 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #15: Episode 8: Nicole Byer

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Actress/Comedian Nicole Byer (Nailed It, Why Won't You Date Me) 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. 

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Aug 08 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #16: Episode 48: Betsy Sodaro

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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.

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Jun 26 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #17: Episode 26: Mary Holland

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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. 

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Dec 12 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #18: Episode 52: Gil Ozeri

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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.

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Jul 31 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #19: Episode 9: Jon Gabrus

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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 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 for doing so. Oh, and the Ice Cream Man passes by during my intro and I am horrified at what I see.

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Aug 15 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #20: Episode 31: Jo Firestone

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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.

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Feb 27 2018

50mins

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