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, I talk to comedian Jason Nash. Jason is an actor and stand-up based in Los Angeles, and has appeared on everything from Last Comic Standing to House to Reno 911!. He co-hosted the long-running podcast Guys With Feelings, and has created webseries for GQ and Comedy Central. In fact, his latest project is a feature-length film through Comedy Central called Jason Nash Is Married, which is based on his popular webseries, and features pretty much every comedian you can name. It’s great, and you can get it on iTunes now!
Early in June, Jason was here for a week to promote Jason Nash Is Married
, and he stopped by the Beginnings
studio to record one of the weirdest episodes in recent memory. While we talked about his family a bit, including a story of his dad’s dealings with the mafia, we spent way more time discussing: abusing institutional power, the wrong kind of outrage, power structures and comedy, using Einstein as a metaphor for male privilege, mourning the death of the old you, and gender politics. Plus, Jason tells a story about Bob Odenkirk and discusses a theory about Mike Birbiglia. Also! In the second half of the show, I talk to my friend Steph Streisand
. Steph’s a writer and performer with a master’s in forensic psychology, and we continue the talk I started with Jason about gender politics and misogyny. Our talk spans everything from gross, scatological humor to some very serious stuff - it’s a great talk!
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I’m in this episode of Andy Beckerman’s “Beginnings Podcast;” So is funny dude Jason Nash. Beginnings is a great podcast. Andy is a great interviewer. You should check out other episodes of the podcast on iTunes.