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Life is a journey that’s filled with ups and downs, but it is how we respond to our failures that truly define us. Conan O’Brien was on The Howard Stern Show and said, "Thirty-five things have to go wrong for the best thing to happen in your career." "Failing Up" is the podcast that takes its listeners through the failures in our guest’s lives that “had to happen” in order for them to find true success. Hosted by long-time podcasters Guy Opochinski and comedian Eden Dranger, Failing Up attem ...
 
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Steve Agee 01:03 Eden’s wallpaper 04:01 Eden has an update on her rejection letter from last week 05:58 Names getting pronounced wrong 10:32 Steve as a young man 14:12 Going to college 17:55 Eden breaks her hips 19:52 Steve gets an art scholarship 27:04 Steve discovers The Groundlings and experiences failure 31:22 Meeting Sarah Silverman 38:38 Stev…
 
00:35 Eden reads a rejection letter 01:55 Is it better to hear back or not? 05:44 The Bay Area hates LA 08:43 Growing up in Oakland 11:25 Guy and a 7th grade bully 15:35 When did he figure out he wanted to be an artist? 22:33 What does he love about poetry? 26:12 Is he proud of everything he has written? 28:08 Blindspotting 31:52 The 10 year journe…
 
How I Met Your Mother's Ted Mosby 01:32 Born in Columbus- Went to an orthodox Jewish school but was raised conservative Jew. 04:25 Milk and meat 10:00 What did a young Josh want to do 13:41 Ohio people loving Ohio State 17:56 Robot writers 22:06 Turning in to a writer and getting fired from a pilot 26:01 Everything is a struggle 28:46 What does he …
 
4:00 Signed by Rutgers as a high school freshman 9:23 The injury that changed his life 11:20 He said he is proud of the hit, why? 12:20 Malcom Brown’s text to Eric 17:30 Walking on a treadmill 19:58 Winning the Jimmy V Award on ESPN 20:30 Tweeting Lolo Jones and the drama it caused 23:13 Getting signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28:10 Would he e…
 
Erin Gibson 01:20 living in a construction zone 06:02 Heathers and other problematic movies 9:38 Risky Business 32:00 It’s hard to hate someone when you’re handicapped 34:35 S&M guy 44:50 How did she start podcasting 53:30 Erin’s book Feminasty 57:00 Favorite charity: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/ Follow us on twitter: @gibblertron @theguy…
 
Author and writer Ben Blacker 02:26 Ben’s origin story 06:34 Where did he get the confidence to be a writer professionally? 11:47 Master classes 17:45 Thrilling Adventure Live 24:20 Star Wars and Supernatural canon 31:30 Does Ben care about reviews? 39:35 Are three fights with his writing partner Ben Acker? 41:34 Hex Wives comic book 50:30 Advice t…
 
The Spy Who Dumped Me - In theaters August 3rd 02:02 Guy and David grew up in the same town 04:32 Theater Camp 09:30 Los Angeles isn’t intimidating 12:00 Coming out to LA without a job 15:25 The first writing, was it good or crap? 19:14 What is Failing at writing a script 22:45 Writing for Saturday Night Live 29:36 Moving on from SNL 34:47 what typ…
 
00:02 No guest this week 01:04 Where Eden gets most cyberstalked 04:33 Eden’s unwanted “guests” 09:40 Talking failure 18:56 Dating worries - Are her parents alive? 23:10 It’s not about you... 24:20 Being taught how to flirt 30:06 Esther Perel 32:30 Instagram has a mute function 36:01 Cast your net wide 36:42 The chocolate cookie is a failure Give t…
 
Jay Duplass director, author, and actor (Transparent) 2:52 Does everybody “bomb”? 15:51 The jump in to writing and making movies 20:10 No one’s first movie is great 23:58 Eden’s dad invented the Arm Waving Tube Man! 25:30 Jay’s belief in how success happens 25:50 Transparent 29:25 Inside Baseball of filmmaking 36:00 What people like to watch 37:15 …
 
Ben Wexler 05:00 Casting for Forrest Gump? 12:26 The new thing that reads your thoughts 23:44 The Comedians/ Bill Crystal 41:00 Consulting producer - Arrested Development 45:37 Inside story about Arrested Development Season 4 47:29 What is he most proud of l Favorite charity The Christopher Reeve foundation for paralysis https://www.christopherreev…
 
Ben Lee knew what he wanted to do for a living by the time he was 10 years old... a rockstar. And although many of us dream of stardom at the age of 10, by 14 years old, Ben had his first successful band, Noise Addict. Since then, this composer and musician's music has been featured in There's Something About Mary, Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs and many o…
 
Alex Edleman grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Boston. Son of a noted biomedical engineer and brother of an Israeli Olympian, Alex had a lot to live up to. At 15, Alex started performing standup and found his career. Now Alex tours the world as a comedian and has won multiple awards for his calling. Follow us on twitter @AlexEdelman @eden_eat…
 
9:12 2nd place in a Yahoo IM contest 11:08 Comedy Origins 14:15 Getting on CollegeHumor.com 17:04 Prank Wars starts with fake pranks 20:35 College Humor TV show cancelled quickly 25:30 Food talk - Bread makes you fat 35:24 Pranked on MTV 36:02 What people expect from Amir 39:39 Head Gum podcast network 44:40 Writing and selling TV shows 46:30 Getti…
 
Sara Benincsa 00:35 Technical issues to start the show breeds some laughs 9:00 Some New Jersey Talk 12:19 What’s a ‘Benny’? 13:55 Talkin about Skeeball 15:00 Sara just did another podcast titled Failing Up 16:27 A criminal fails 25:27 Why people who have been single a long time are better partners 31:16 Talking about Getting Wet 34:19 Margaret Cho …
 
Emmy award winning writer Chris Regan (The Daily Show, Family Guy) comes by and inaugurates Season 2, Episode 1 of Failing Up! Chris talks about his successful times and the failures he endured along his journey. From getting punched by Donald Trump to getting rejected by Reading Rainbow, Chris has his fair share of great stories. Listen now! Chris…
 
From audience member at LA's famous Largo, to door guy, to working on his favorite show, to bringing his own show to the same venue, Ben Acker's success story certainly wasn't overnight. Ben has worked his way up, from his stints on Will and Grace and The Michael Richards Show after college, to his bartending job after both of those positions ended…
 
Heather Matarazzo (The Princess Diaries, Welcome to the Dollhouse) began acting at just six years old. The very first movie she was in won an Academy Award, but it has definitely not always been easy for Heather. On this week's show, Heather candidly discusses her successes and failures and everything in between. Today, Heather is not only a succes…
 
He has written and produced some of the most iconic biopics of all time. Larry Karazewski, along with his writing partner Scott Alexander brought us such films as The People vs. Larry Flint, Man on the Moon, and Ed Wood. The duo also penned and produced the award winning TV show, The People vs OJ Simpson. Larry wasn't always a success and certainly…
 
International Women's Day is the perfect time to release this podcast with Beatrice Springborn. Beatrice has worked her way up from being an editorial assistant at a Texas monthly, to a Manager of Development at Pixar, all the way to her current title, Head of Original Programming at Hulu. Beatrice tells her story and dishes out some great advice t…
 
After coming from the world of theater, Sarah Treem began her career in television writing for the hit show "In Treatment". Then, after spending time on the Netflix juggernaut "House of Cards", Sarah got her own show after creating "The Affair". Of course, Sarah had her share of struggles as well. In this episode, Sarah shares about her triumphs an…
 
Aaron Abrams is an actor and writer who worked his way from the mean streets of Toronto Canada, to Chicago, then all the way to Los Angeles to realize his dream. He ran in to some bumps along the way, but that didn't stop Aaron. Listen in as he talks about his struggles and his triumphs as he departs wisdom and lessons along the way. Follow us on t…
 
Dustin Marshall was one of the 30 worst students in the entire state of Wisconsin. He had a troubled childhood that included doing and selling drugs and by the time he was 18 he was working at McDonalds and a local grocery store. But Dustin is no slacker, after going back to school for electronics engineering, Dustin landed a job with Earwolf in Lo…
 
Gaby Dunn didn't grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth. In fact, this self proclaimed daughter of hippies woke up one day and realized that she had a big issue, and that issue was money. So what did this writer, comedian, journalist, actress, YouTuber(and sometimes Postmates courier), do? She started a podcast about her own journey and to help o…
 
Bridget Phetasy has lead a very interesting life. After moving around a lot as a kid because her father was a possible spy, Bridget ended up getting in to drugs at a young age. Eventually, this lead her down the road to heroin and her story continues to be interesting from there. Listen in as Guy gets deep with Bridget about the topless selfies she…
 
We all owe Randi Mayem Singer a thank you. After winning a major award with her first screenplay 22¢ Romance, Randi was tapped to write the screenplay for Mrs. Doubtfire. It wasn't all easy along the way, Randi ran in to her share of failures, but that hasn't slowed her down. Randi is still a successful writer and "script doctor" and opens up to us…
 
If you're a Yankee fan, Ray Negron's story is going to blow you away. If you just love baseball, I promise you'll love his amazing story, and even if you don't care for sports at all, Ray's story should touch you. As a teenager, Ray was caught spray painting on Yankee Stadium, by none other than "The Boss" George Steinbrenner. Instead of calling th…
 
Duncan Birmingham is currently an Executive Producer for the show Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart, but Duncan's path to success didn't come overnight. After writing for various small local newspapers, being the Bigfoot "expert" for the Weekly World News, and then landing a job as a writer's assistant on Queer as Folk, Duncan really paid his due…
 
Our first guest, Andy Lassner, makes a triumphant return to the podcast this week. The first time we spoke to Andy, he spoke candidly about his past drug use, alcohol abuse and other transgressions. This time, we pick up where we left off. How is Andy doing today? Does he deal with depression still, and if so, how does he do it on a day to day basi…
 
Raised in Compton, Travon Free did not have an easy childhood. As he got older, he was a star athlete at his high school, which translated to him playing basketball for his college team. An injury forced Travon to quit the game, and forced him to follow his other dream, comedy. Travon was scratching by as a writer and comic, when he landed his drea…
 
Eliza Bayne is a writer, producer and performer from Vancouver, B.C. She began her career working in radio, performing and writing comedy bits for a local morning show. She moved into acting shortly thereafter, and in addition to acting in commercials and television, she produced and hosted several shows on G4TV as well as providing voice-over for …
 
This week, Dave Holmes came to the studio and discussed his awesome story. As a high school freshman, Dave "snuck on" to a local college radio station. From there, he went on to give up a good job in advertising to try to win MTV's "Wanna Be a VJ" contest. Dave came in 2nd place, but that didn't damper his spirits. Hear how Dave parlayed his time o…
 
Alex Capecelatro is a young man who has already seen a lot of success. From leaving high school to go work for NASA and Harvard, to being on Space X's Zero Gravity Flight, to being the CEO to his own startups. But Alex has also had to face a lot of adversity, he was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes when he was 9 and faced a ton of rejection along the…
 
Listen to the first ever LIVE Failing up broadcast from The Hollywood Improv! This episode takes a more lighthearted approach to the subject of failure. Eden and Guy sat down with three of our generation's most successful writers/executive producers, Danny Zuker (Modern Family), Alec Sulkin (Family Guy) and Mike Scully (The Simpsons) and talked abo…
 
Brandon Koch is a successful hypnotherapist with a very interesting story. When he was a teenager, his mother found out some information from his phone that caused them to not speak for two years. Soon after, Brandon moved to LA and fell in with the wrong crowd and spiraled downhill. But don't worry, Brandon has a story of triumph that you must lis…
 
As the former host of the TV show Cheaters, Joey Greco has seen it all, and has personally witnessed many relationships fail. But did you know that Joey began his career working as a counselor? Or that he later donned tights and was on a fitness show on ESPN? This week we speak to Joey about the personal and professional successes and failures that…
 
This week, we start the show with a little bit of audio issues that recover eventually. But that doesn't take away from Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz's appearance. Josh talks to us about his success and how a failure at his "dream job" changed his life forever. Josh also shares stories about his dad working with Robert Kennedy and what Kennedy he …
 
Dustin Penner is an amazing story of someone who triumphed over adversity. After being cut by his home team three times, Dustin's chances of realizing his dream of being in the NHL seemed slim. Dustin never let adversity slow him down, proving himself through unusual means to get a chance to live his dream. After arriving in the NHL, Dustin promptl…
 
Zeb Newman is a true story of someone who triumphed in the face of adversity. As an actor studying at Juilliard, Zeb fell for the trappings of drugs, that eventually took control of his whole life. After seeing some success with acting in his twenties, Zeb's life went downhill. By his late twenties, he was on the street, literally living in LA's Sk…
 
Elan Gale is a creative man who lives to get reactions from people, from his blind date that he live tweeted, to his now infamous Thanksgiving plane ride row with a fictional young lady named Diane in 7A, Elan is no stranger from controversy. Elan also runs the hit Instagram accounts @textsfromyourex, @unspirational and @tindernightmares, entertain…
 
Neal Brennan helped create one of the greatest TV sketch shows in history. But the co-creator co Chappelle's Show wasn't always successful. Neal began his career as a doorman at a comedy club in NYC. When he got up on stage for the first time as a comedian, the experience was so traumatic, he didn't go up again for years. His first movie, Half Bake…
 
Alec Sulkin has seen wild success as a writer and Executive Producer and the voice of Jesus (and many other characters)for Family Guy, a writer of the movie Ted and Ted 2, and has even written for The Oscars. Things aren't always fun and easy for Alec though, he has seen his share of failure. His controversial tweet about a Japanese earthquake in 2…
 
In our second episode, we meet Holly Wagner who shares her tragic story. Holly was just a "regular" mom of two young boys when a horrific accident changed their lives forever. Holly's older son was injured and her youngest son, Cameron ultimately ultimately passed away due to being improperly strapped in to his car seat. Now, Holly is on a crusade …
 
Andy Lassner grew up as an orthodox Jewish kid from New York and when he got in to NYU, his whole life changed. Andy discovered girls, alcohol and drugs, and a whole world he never expected to ever know. Of course everyone who knows Andy knows that he's now a super successful, multiple Emmy award winner for his work on shows with Rosie O'Donnel and…
 
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