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The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli

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.

Comedy Interviews
Self-Improvement
Social Sciences
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Episode 124: Brett Davis
Brett Davis (The Podcast for Laundry, The National Lampoon Radio Hour) takes us through many performance failures over his career, one which lead to a full on fist fight between his writing partner and some drunk audience members.
74 min
2
Episode 123: Larry Owens
Larry Owens (A Strange Loop, High Maintenance) got rejected from his top three acting school choices and as a playwright from Yale
68 min
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Episode 122: Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe (Part 2)
In Part 2 of our conversation with Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe (Greener Grass, Adam Ruins Everything) we cover all things film festivals and getting rejected from Sundance four times before they got the call.
60 min
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Episode 121: Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe (Part 1)
Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe (Greener Grass, Buzz) were going through a dry spell in Los Angeles, so they walked on a treadmill next to each other at the gym, simultaneously watching Twin Peaks.
65 min
5
Episode 120: Paul Welsh
Paul Welsh (Brooklyn99, Crazy-Ex Girlfriend) was flown out back out to NY after he moved to LA and crushed his Daily Show audition - and didn't get it.
77 min
6
The One Year Project: Dan Black (Parts 1 & 2)
In our final One Year Project, guest Dan Black (Comedians of Wrestling Podcast, Adam Ruins Everything) feels like he goes backwards in his career some years.
157 min
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The One Year Project: Langan Kingsley (Parts 1 ...
Langan Kingsley was one job away from having to temp again.
70 min
8
The One Year Project: James III (Parts 1 & 2)
Our second installment of the One Year Project follows James III's (Astronomy Club, All That) into the unknown of 2019.
91 min
9
The One Year Project: Brandon Gardner (Parts 1 ...
Brandon Gardner is in the trenches as he a journeys through fatherhood, conflicting script notes, and the search for representation.
157 min
10
Episode 115: Lauren Ashley Smith
Lauren Ashley Smith (Black Lady Sketch Show, The Rundown) failed to get into a top MFA acting program two years in a row. But she never would have started writing if she did.
67 min
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Episode 114: Jack Dolgen
Jack Dolgen (Emmy winning writer/songwriter for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) was striving for something that was externally motivated instead of internally driven. So when there wasn't immediate interest from record executives in his first solo album, he quit music altogether.
85 min
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Episode 113: Megan Koester
Megan Koester (Corporate, VICE) was writing about her sobriety during the day and drinking to blackout at night.
58 min
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Episode 112: Nate Fernald
Nate Fernald (The Late Late Show, The Pete Holmes Show) developed a name for himself in Chicago but ate shit for years after moving to New York.
74 min
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Episode 111: Geoff Garlock
Geoff Garlock (Orchid, Panthers, UCB) talks about the ups and downs of his multiple bands, from touring nightmares to record label drops.
100 min
15
Episode 110: Marcy Jarreau
Marcy Jarreau (Brooklyn 99, A Funny Feeling Podcast) spent over a decade improvising but just couldn't gain any traction professionally and was ready to quit.
91 min
16
Episode 109: Charles Rogers
Charles Rogers (Search Party, Fort Tilden) had a short film that was for sure going to get into a ton of festivals... until it didn't.
56 min
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Episode 108: Jason Mantzoukas
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.
86 min
18
Episode 107: Scott Aukerman
Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang, Between Two Ferns) felt like the golden boy of comedy in his early years but quickly got a showbiz education.
99 min
19
Episode 106: Noah Segan
Noah Segan (Looper, Knives Out) regrets being a little too picky early on in his acting career.
83 min
20
Episode 105: Just the Ads
Don's on vacation so he is playing all 99 of his fake ads.
47 min
21
Episode 104: Casey Wilson
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.
63 min
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Episode 103: Anthony Atamanuik
Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show, What We Do in the Shadows) had some dark days in Los Angeles. He was doing coke at The Jim Henson Company, had a failed threesome in a car with two sex workers, and was readily watching Judge Judy with a Latin King while they counted bags of meth.
108 min
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Episode 102: Cipha Sounds
Cipha Sounds (Chappelle's Show, 25th Hour), the self proclaimed Forest Gump of Hip-Hop, denied his gut and turned down touring with people like Rhianna and Jay-Z in order to be loyal to his radio show.
89 min
24
Episode 101: Anna Drezen
Anna Drezen (SNL, Reductress) talks about battling an alcohol addiction and her nightmare job as a concierge.
78 min
25
Episode 100: Bobby Moynihan (Live at The Lyric ...
Bobby Moynihan takes us through his ups and downs at SNL and life after the show.
64 min
26
Episode 99: Richie Moriarty
Richie Moriarty (What We Do in the Shadows, Search Party) was going through a major personal low while experiencing his first professional high.
75 min
27
Episode 98: The Shipley Brothers
Justin & Jordan Shipley (Wrecked, Deadbeat) sold the first thing they ever wrote together. Then they had to figure out how to make a whole season of it.
89 min
28
Episode 97: Jesse David Fox
Jesse David Fox (Vulture, New York Mag) admits that he was not a good writer for years.
87 min
29
Episode 96: Alex Fernie
Alex Fernie (Children's Hospital, Do You Wanna See a Dead Body) had six different pilots in eight years fall through.
72 min
30
Episode 95: Mitra Jouhari
Mitra Jouhari (Big Mouth, High Maintenance) felt herself tanking her producer's session mid-audition for a big pilot.
69 min
31
Episode 94: James Adomian
James Adomian (Trump vs. Bernie, BoJack Horseman) tells his biggest bomb story - opening for Joan Rivers.
75 min
32
Episode 93: Jonathan Braylock
Jonathan Braylock (Black Men Can't Jump pod, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) takes us through a series of setbacks - from thinking he booked a pilot to realizing his sketch duo was over when his partner booked a tv show to getting lines cut from a movie after inviting a bunch of his friends to go see it.
72 min
33
Episode 92: Blair Socci
Blair Socci (Ladylike, Just for Laughs) lived nine lives before trying to pursue comedy as a career.
66 min
34
Episode 91: Michael Hartney
Michael Hartney (School of Rock, Throwing Shade) talks about crushing it at Just for Laughs but failing to be seen for SNL.
74 min
35
Episode 90: Brandon Scott Jones
Brandon Scott Jones (Isn't It Romantic, The Good Place) had a pilot he wrote and shot passed on by a network.
68 min
36
Episode 89: Eva Anderson
Eva Anderson (You’re the Worst, Briarpatch) had three projects fall through last year.
56 min
37
Episode 88: Joanna Bradley
Joanna Bradley (SNL, The Break with Michele Wolf) took a really long time to process the feeling of not being asked back to SNL.
96 min
38
Episode 87: Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson (Natch Beaut, Fresh Off the Boat) regales us with hilarious stories from her time as a background actress.
67 min
39
Episode 86: Joel Kim Booster
Joel Kim Booster (The Other Two, Shrill) performs on gay cruises and doesn't give a shit what you think about it.
62 min
40
Episode 85: Sean Clements
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.
94 min
41
Episode 84: Zach Cherry
Zach Cherry (Crashing, You) was dropped off at the wrong gate and walked for an hour through the studio lot, sweating profusely, to get to his callback. He booked it.
43 min
42
Episode 83: Eugene Cordero
Eugene Cordero (Tacoma FD, The Good Place) talks about the advice he got after he did not book MadTV that started to swing things in his favor.
72 min
43
Episode 82: Emily Heller
Emily Heller (Barry, Ice Thickeners) talks about the difficulties of selling her stand up special.
56 min
44
Episode 81: Sudi Green
Sudi Green (SNL, Golden Globes) talks about what she's learned in her first couple of years writing for SNL.
45 min
45
Episode 80: Brian Huskey
Brian Huskey (Mr. Neighbor's House, Veep) takes an introspective look at his personal and professional battles and shares the lessons he's learned along the way.
71 min
46
Episode 79: Emma Willman
Emma Willmann (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Secret Keepers Club) was stuck in a leaky airport hotel and had an awful ten hours where multiple projects fell through. But those setbacks opened the door to multiple successes.
60 min
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Episode 78: Keiko Agena
Keiko Agena (Better Call Saul, Gilmore Girls) talks about what led her to write her book, No Mistakes, which embraces and encourages failure.
48 min
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Episode 77: Jessica Harper
Jessica Harper (Suspiria, It's Garry Shandling's Show) experienced her first taste of failure while taking summer classes at a high school known for its theater department.
61 min
49
Episode 76: Jon Glaser
Jon Glaser (Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter) talks about how not getting SNL helped put his career on track.
61 min
50
Episode 75: Julie Klausner
Julie Klausner (Difficult People, How Was Your Week) chose to pursue a solo project instead of joining a soon-to-be-popular TV show writing staff and things don't quite pan out
41 min
51
Episode 74: Lennon Parham
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.
68 min
52
Episode 73: Tami Sagher
Season 5 Premier!
114 min
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THE BEST OF FOREVER DOG 2018
Thank you for listening to Forever Dog podcasts this year and please enjoy this year-in-review clips show.
174 min
54
Episode 72: Arthur Meyer
Season 4 Finale!
106 min
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Episode 71: Kate Spencer
103 min
56
Episode 70: Eliot Glazer
80 min
57
Episode 69: Rayland Baxter
70 min
58
Episode 68: Craig Rowin
68 min
59
Episode 67: Josh Sharp
66 min
60
Episode 66: Alice Wetterlund
69 min
61
Episode 65: Gary Richardson
50 min
62
Episode 64: Joe Mande
53 min
63
Episode 63: Wayne Federman
60 min
64
Episode 62: Will Hines
76 min
65
Episode 61: Kevin Avery
81 min
66
Episode 60: Kevin McDonald
59 min
67
Episode 59: Megan Neuringer
71 min
68
Episode 58: Frank Garcia-Hejl
118 min
69
Episode 57: Matt Besser
90 min
70
Episode 56: Aaron Jackson
49 min
71
Episode 55: Rob Huebel
79 min
72
Episode 54: Hallie Cantor
49 min
73
Episode 53: Natasha Rothwell
63 min
74
Episode 52: Gil Ozeri
72 min
75
Episode 51: Kristen Bartlett
90 min
76
Episode 50: Jessica St. Clair
50th Episode Live at UCB Franklin!
70 min
77
Episode 49: Dan Gregor
72 min
78
Episode 48: Betsy Sodaro
59 min
79
Episode 47: Johnathan Fernandez
78 min
80
Episode 46: Adam Lustick
72 min
81
Episode 45: George Kareman
76 min
82
Episode 44: Jen Bartels
50 min
83
Episode 43: Veronica Osorio
86 min
84
Episode 42: Carl Tart
72 min
85
Episode 41: Maggie Carey
68 min
86
Episode 40: Neil Casey
84 min
87
Episode 39: Lauren Adams
70 min
88
Episode 38: David Reichelt
48 min
89
Episode 37: Sasheer Zamata
62 min
90
Episode 36: Dru Johnston
86 min
91
Episode 35: Adam Conover
75 min
92
Episode: 34: Jamie Lee
57 min
93
Episode 33: Dr. Samuel West
57 min
94
Episode 32: Josh Gondelman
62 min
95
Episode 31: Jo Firestone
44 min
96
Episode 30: Zhubin Parang
63 min
97
Episode 29: Laura Willcox
75 min
98
Episode 28: Chris Gethard
80 min
99
Episode 27: Anthony King
69 min
100
Episode 26: Mary Holland
56 min