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The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli

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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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Episode 109: Charles Rogers

Episode 109: Charles Rogers

2019-09-1700:58:56

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. We chat about how Season 2 of Search Party was the hardest creative experience of his life, the source of the characters he writes, and of course we talk about a Lisa Kudrow manifestation fail.  
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. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
Episode 107: Scott Aukerman

Episode 107: Scott Aukerman

2019-09-0301:40:40

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. We chat about how it took him over three years to get hired on Mr. Show, how producing his live show Comedy Death Ray helped sustain years of countless TV shows and movies he had written never being picked up, and how he was so broke at one point that his car was repossessed twice, he was on the brink of foreclosure and he was being denied an overall script deal because he was so behind on union dues. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
Episode 106: Noah Segan

Episode 106: Noah Segan

2019-08-2701:26:15

Noah Segan (Looper, Knives Out) regrets being a little too picky early on in his acting career. He chat about the pilot he didn't book, the first time he made up reasons why he shouldn't get a job, how finding the desperation in his characters can make them the most dangerous, and how he looks at every major setback as an opportunity to come back. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
Episode 105: Just the Ads

Episode 105: Just the Ads

2019-08-2000:49:30

Don's on vacation so he is playing all 99 of his fake ads back to back. Enjoy this journey of stupidity and slowly improving mic quality. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
Episode 104: Casey Wilson

Episode 104: Casey Wilson

2019-08-1301:04:531

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. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
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. And when he got sober, he felt like a failure moving out to New York. He talks about the hard lesson he learned from working on 30 Rock, having to find empathy for Trump in order to play him so accurately, and how he delayed taking class at UCB because he only had $2500 in cash stuffed in a freezer. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
Episode 102: Cipha Sounds

Episode 102: Cipha Sounds

2019-07-3001:31:30

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. We talk about the fear of leaving Hot 97, his home for 17 years and how he over-prepares when DJing which gives him the freedom to improvise. We also chat about his social anxiety and how finding improv and therapy completely changed his life. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
Episode 101: Anna Drezen

Episode 101: Anna Drezen

2019-07-2301:19:111

Anna Drezen (SNL, Reductress) talks about battling an alcohol addiction and her nightmare job as a concierge. We also chat about how she wrote her SNL packet a week after sobriety, being okay with a B+, and her constant fear that she picked the wrong career. Don talks about a recent turnaround in the intro. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
Special guest Bobby Moynihan (SNL, DuckTales) takes us through his early years at UCB, his strategy the second time he auditioned for SNL, some of his failed characters, and how he was both grateful and scared after he left the show, when his sitcom got cancelled. The 100th episode of The Need to Fail Podcast was recorded Live at the Lyric Hyperion on June 14th, 2019. 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, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.THE NEED TO FAIL IS A FOREVER DOG PODCAST http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/the-need-to-fail
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