I’m never really satisfied with my improv. when I perform with people from my class, they have fun even though it always seems like everyone is somewhere else and the responses are usually good. what can i do to get out of my own way? thx
—Ep. 114: Eleanor Friedberger
It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s show we talk to musician Eleanor Friedberger. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, Eleanor formed the popular indie rock group The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew in Brooklyn, and from 2000 to 2011, they wrote and released eight albums. Now on hiatus from the band, Eleanor has released two albums on Merge Records, and her latest, Personal Record just came out in June.
After just getting back from her latest tour in July, Eleanor came over to my Harlem studio to chat about childhood thievery, privacy, spaces in your house that foster creativity, being obsessed with Buddy Holly, living in fantasy lands, and divorce. And on “Andy’s Learnin’ Corner”, actor and improvisor (and pal!) Angela Dee teaches me about what England is actually alike apart from all the impressions I’ve built up from television and movies. (FACT CHECK! The shit that I can’t remember is The Norman Conquest and Lucrezia Borgia.)
Check out the website for Beginnings, subscribe on iTunes and see some live dates: on Aug. 31st (this Saturday!) we’ll be live at the Out of Bounds Festival in Austin with Edie McClurg of Ferris Bueller fame, director Todd Rohal, stand-up Joe Derosa and (maybe) more, and the next live episode will be September 3rd for the Beginnings “Writer’s Panel” featuring Jackson Publick (The Venture Bros.), Annie Mebane (Community, The Michael J. Fox), J.R. Havlan (The Daily Show), and guest co-host Opus Moreschi (head writer of Colbert Report) and more!
My first - and possibly LAST - interview. I call it ‘How to Sound Like a Massive Bellend!’ Enjoy! …