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The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli
<p>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.</p>
Comedy Interviews
Self-Improvement
Social Sciences
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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
2
Episode 113: Megan Koester
Megan Koester (Corporate, VICE) was writing about her sobriety during the day and drinking to blackout at night.
58 min
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
Episode 106: Noah Segan
Noah Segan (Looper, Knives Out) regrets being a little too picky early on in his acting career.
83 min
10
Episode 105: Just the Ads
Don's on vacation so he is playing all 99 of his fake ads.
47 min
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
Episode 101: Anna Drezen
Anna Drezen (SNL, Reductress) talks about battling an alcohol addiction and her nightmare job as a concierge.
78 min
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
Episode 97: Jesse David Fox
Jesse David Fox (Vulture, New York Mag) admits that he was not a good writer for years.
87 min
19
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
20
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
21
Episode 94: James Adomian
James Adomian (Trump vs. Bernie, BoJack Horseman) tells his biggest bomb story - opening for Joan Rivers.
75 min
22
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
23
Episode 92: Blair Socci
Blair Socci (Ladylike, Just for Laughs) lived nine lives before trying to pursue comedy as a career.
66 min
24
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
25
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
26
Episode 89: Eva Anderson
Eva Anderson (You’re the Worst, Briarpatch) had three projects fall through last year.
56 min
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
Episode 82: Emily Heller
Emily Heller (Barry, Ice Thickeners) talks about the difficulties of selling her stand up special.
56 min
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
Episode 73: Tami Sagher
Season 5 Premier!
114 min
43
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
44
Episode 72: Arthur Meyer
Season 4 Finale!
106 min
45
Episode 71: Kate Spencer
103 min
46
Episode 70: Eliot Glazer
80 min
47
Episode 69: Rayland Baxter
70 min
48
Episode 68: Craig Rowin
68 min
49
Episode 67: Josh Sharp
66 min
50
Episode 66: Alice Wetterlund
69 min
51
Episode 65: Gary Richardson
50 min
52
Episode 64: Joe Mande
53 min
53
Episode 63: Wayne Federman
60 min
54
Episode 62: Will Hines
76 min
55
Episode 61: Kevin Avery
81 min
56
Episode 60: Kevin McDonald
59 min
57
Episode 59: Megan Neuringer
71 min
58
Episode 58: Frank Garcia-Hejl
118 min
59
Episode 57: Matt Besser
90 min
60
Episode 56: Aaron Jackson
49 min
61
Episode 55: Rob Huebel
79 min
62
Episode 54: Hallie Cantor
49 min
63
Episode 53: Natasha Rothwell
63 min
64
Episode 52: Gil Ozeri
72 min
65
Episode 51: Kristen Bartlett
90 min
66
Episode 50: Jessica St. Clair
50th Episode Live at UCB Franklin!
70 min
67
Episode 49: Dan Gregor
72 min
68
Episode 48: Betsy Sodaro
59 min
69
Episode 47: Johnathan Fernandez
78 min
70
Episode 46: Adam Lustick
72 min
71
Episode 45: George Kareman
76 min
72
Episode 44: Jen Bartels
50 min
73
Episode 43: Veronica Osorio
86 min
74
Episode 42: Carl Tart
72 min
75
Episode 41: Maggie Carey
68 min
76
Episode 40: Neil Casey
84 min
77
Episode 39: Lauren Adams
70 min
78
Episode 38: David Reichelt
48 min
79
Episode 37: Sasheer Zamata
62 min
80
Episode 36: Dru Johnston
86 min
81
Episode 35: Adam Conover
75 min
82
Episode: 34: Jamie Lee
57 min
83
Episode 33: Dr. Samuel West
57 min
84
Episode 32: Josh Gondelman
62 min
85
Episode 31: Jo Firestone
44 min
86
Episode 30: Zhubin Parang
63 min
87
Episode 29: Laura Willcox
75 min
88
Episode 28: Chris Gethard
80 min
89
Episode 27: Anthony King
69 min
90
Episode 26: Mary Holland
56 min
91
Episode 25: Mike Castle
80 min
92
Episode 24: Shaun Diston
83 min
93
Episode 23: Nate Dern
59 min
94
Episode 22: Paul Briganti
66 min
95
Episode 21: Adam Newman
74 min
96
Episode 20: Fran Gillespie
62 min
97
Episode 19: Nick Kocher
65 min
98
Episode 18: D'Arcy Carden
61 min
99
Episode 17: Doug Mand
53 min
100
Episode 16: Emily Altman
56 min
101
Episode 15: John Milhiser
48 min
102
Episode 14: Kassia Miller
48 min
103
Episode 13: Andrew Law
82 min
104
Episode 12: Alison Bennett
40 min
105
Episode 11: Alison Rich
66 min
106
Episode 10: Phil Augusta Jackson
51 min
107
Episode 9: Jon Gabrus
74 min
108
Episode 8: Nicole Byer
65 min
109
Episode 7: Dan Klein
First Episode of Season 2!
44 min
110
Update #2: Why the 4 Year Hiatus?
And other ups and downs...
21 min
111
New Season Update and Teaser!
A quick update on the new Need to Fail and a teaser on what to expect this year! New episodes released every Tuesday starting August 1st!
7 min
112
Episode 6: Matt McGorry
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.
40 min
113
Episode 5: Abbi Jacobson
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.
52 min
114
Episode 4: Josh Patten
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.
42 min
115
Episode 3: Josh Ruben
48 min
116
Episode 2: Benjamin Apple
40 min
117
Episode 1: Lauren Lapkus
36 min