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Prequel dives into the lives of artists before they thought about a career. Starting with how their parents first met and ending with their first time practicing their craft, hosts Neel Nanda and Tushar Singh discover why their guests became who they are. Prequel tends to put their guests in vulnerable places by exploring forgotten stories and finds that success can come from anywhere.

Prequel dives into the lives of artists before they thought about a career. Starting with how their parents first met and ending with their first time practicing their craft, hosts Neel Nanda and Tushar Singh discover why their guests became who they are. Prequel tends to put their guests in vulnerable places by exploring forgotten stories and finds that success can come from anywhere.
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Santa Monica, CA

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Prequel dives into the lives of artists before they thought about a career. Starting with how their parents first met and ending with their first time practicing their craft, hosts Neel Nanda and Tushar Singh discover why their guests became who they are. Prequel tends to put their guests in vulnerable places by exploring forgotten stories and finds that success can come from anywhere.

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English

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1323-A 3rd St Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 451-0850


Episodes

Episode 43: Matt Knudsen

7/15/2014
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Matt Knudsen is a LA based comedian and actor. Neel & Tushar sat with Matt to discuss being raised in the midwest by a traveling pastor. Hawaii and was quickly whisked away to grow up in the unforgiving cold of the Midwest. After finishing school in California, he started his life at sea as a merchant marine, sailing to various ports in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Japan, Korea and China. After almost 5 years, Matt began performing stand-up comedy at clubs in Los Angeles and New York. As a...

Duration:01:00:01

Episode 40: Nate Bargatze

6/11/2014
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Comedian Nate Bargatze sat down with Neel & Tushar for this week's Prequel. He discussed his childhood including growing up in Tennesse with a father as a magician & clown. Exposed to stand up early, Nate shared with us the events that led to him moving to Chicago and ultimately NYC to become one of best working comics around. He won both the New York and Boston Comedy Festivals in the same year. You may have caught him on the Tonight Show as well as the Clean Cut Comedy Tour. Nate's best...

Duration:01:01:13

Episode 37: Chris Fairbanks

5/20/2014
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Hosts Neel Nanda and Tushar Singh sit down with hilarious comedian, actor and podcast host Chris Fairbanks to explore his childhood. Chris talks about growing up in Montana and knowing that he wanted to be an artist at an early age. Chris talks about getting into skateboarding, drawing, and putting a lot of his effort into the things he wanted. He walks us through his first stand up comedy set in Texas. Watch Chris Fairbanks's Conan appearance and follow him on twitter @chrisfairbanks

Duration:00:49:54

Episode 35: Danny Jolles

5/6/2014
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Comedian and actor Danny Jolles sits down with us to talk about everything before his first time stepping on stage. Danny shares the delightful story of how his parents met as actors working on the same live production. He also shared a traumatic story of his house burning down and talks to us about discovering comedy through Improv. Please see Danny perform and follow him on twitter @Dannyjolles . Also watch and subscribe to his sketch group Sasquatch on YouTube...

Duration:01:01:10

Episode 33: Julia Prescott

4/22/2014
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Comedian and writer for Vice.com, Julia Prescott sits down with us to discuss her short but exciting road stand up comedy in Los Angeles. Born and raised in North Hollywood Julia recalls being an avid comedy fan at a young age because of her father's influence. Julia describes her father (who has performed comedy) as a "Dave Collier from Full House" kind of guy. Aside from her family, Julia talks about her life as a teen in North Hollywood and attending Art School and quickly realizing it...

Duration:00:55:22

Episode 31: Nate Craig

4/1/2014
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This week's episode of Prequel is with Los Angeles based comedian Nate Craig. Fresh off his tour opening for Bill Burr, Nate shared with us his stories of pre-comedy life including his parents being divorced early on, being a fat kid and having a prominent overbite. Catch all his live performance dates on www.natecraig.com and follow him on twitter @Natecraig1. Enjoy!

Duration:00:57:21

Episode 30: Kristen Rand

3/25/2014
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Our guest on this episode of Prequel is Denver based comedian Kristen Rand. The stories leading up to her first set included a relatively wonderful childhood, her foray into sketch & acting, and her relationship with drugs & sex. Please follow her on twitter @krandomthoughts and check out her live performances. Enjoy!

Duration:00:56:02

Episode 29: Matthew Broussard

3/11/2014
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This week we got to sit down with the very funny LA based comedian Matthew Broussard. A great story leading into his first set as he revealed that his heritage is half-Jewish but he was raised full Jew. The more Matthew is depressed/stressed out, the more he works out - leaving him as a sad, very physically fit man. We loved this one. Visit his website http://mondaypunday.com/ and follow him on twitter @mondaypunday. Enjoy!

Duration:01:09:36

Episode 28: Wendy Wason

3/4/2014
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This week on Prequel we have the UK based comedian Wendy Wason. A truely international childhood, Wendy shared with us her road to stand up comedy that came after her second child. A seasoned actress and a hilarious comedian, we love this episode as she takes us on wonderful tangential stories. Follow Wendy on twitter @Wendy_Wason and enjoy!

Duration:01:02:36

Episode 26: Felicity Ward

2/18/2014
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This week we were lucky to sit down with the lovely international comedian Felicity Ward. Originally from Austrialia and now in UK, Felicity had a very interesting road to stand up. She is a very good friend of ours and maybe the bestest person around. Please follow her on twitter @felicityward and check out her website www.felicityward.com. Enjoy!

Duration:01:11:49

Episode 25: Adam Newman

2/12/2014
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We are happy to announce that this week's Prequel guest Adam Newman is on a short list to have his own Comedy Central special this year! Based out of New York City and brought up in Atlanta, Adam decribed his dreadlocked musical years leading up to his first time on stage - which was a truly unique 45 minute set. Please follow him on twitter @Adam_Newman and catch his tour dates on http://adamnewmancomedy.com/. Enjoy!

Duration:01:03:58

Episode 24: Zach Sherwin

2/4/2014
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This week we got to sit down with the hilarious LA based comedian/rapper Zach Sherwin. Previously known as MC Mr. Napkins, Zach's life before comedy included being raised by a single mother who is a Rabbi and a strong interest to express himself musically. He even performed one of his early raps for us which was amazing. Please follow him on Twitter @zachsherwin and catch one of his live performance dates http://zachsherwin.com. Enjoy!

Duration:00:57:59

Episode 23: K-Von

1/28/2014
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This week we got to interview the very funny LA based comedian K-Von. We had a great time discovering everything that led to him starting stand up as he described the tales of growing up with a dad from the Middle-East and a mom from Middle-America. An amazing live act, his disconnection with his father's culture has given him a unique perspective on stage. K-Von was nice enough to offer two tickets to one of his shows to any one who mentions they heard this episode. Follow him on twitter...

Duration:00:59:39

Episode 22: Ester Steinberg

1/20/2014
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The wonderful Los Angeles based comedian Ester Steinberg sat with us this week to talk all things before comedy. Growing up in a large Jewish family Ester has a colorful childhood with a Israeli mother and lawyer/comedian father who "brainwashed" her to pursue a career in entertainment. Please follow her on Twitter @esterkay and catch her live performance dates. Enjoy!

Duration:01:15:49

Episode 21: Dan Cummins

1/14/2014
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This week we were very happy to sit down with the very funny LA based comedian Dan Cummins. His stories of growing up in relative isolation were great, including a super sad virginity tale, thoughts on Mormonism and a great path to starting stand up. He will soon be the first exclusive Pandora comedian. Be sure to check out his live performance dates on www.dancummins.tv and follow him at @D_cummins. Enjoy!

Duration:01:05:03

Episode 20: Brent Sullivan

1/9/2014
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This week we got to sit down with the very funny LA based comedian Brent Sullivan. Brent had an interesting childhood with a pivatal moment early on that made him into the comedian he is today. He is a great performer so please follow him on twitter @mrbrentsullivan and check out a live show. Enjoy!

Duration:01:05:00

Episode 19: Shane Mauss

12/24/2013
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LA comedian Shane Mauss sat down with us for a great Prequel where he discussed all things pre-comedy. He was a bit of a wild child with run-ins with the law that was driven by alcohol - eventually starting in Boston. We are glad he survived it all to become one of our favorite comedians. Shane has a new special coming out in 2014 so lookout for that release on www.shanemauss.com and follow him on twitter @shanecomedy. Enjoy this episode!

Duration:01:04:20

Episode 17: Andi Osho

12/10/2013
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This episode of Prequel goes over LA comedian Andi Osho's childhood which took place in London. We loved this one as we got to explore how much we don't know about the rest of the world. Please catch her live dates at www.andiosho.co.uk and follow her on twitter @andiosho. Please enjoy!

Duration:01:04:53

Prequel Episode 14: Owen Smith

11/19/2013
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Comedian OWEN SMITH has performed stand-up on "Conan", "Comedy Central's "Premium Blend", "Russell Simmons Presents: The Ruckus", HBO's "Def Comedy Jam", BET's "Comic View", and at Montreal's prestigious "Just For Laughs Comedy Festival." He is a regular comedian at the World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA and the famed Comedy Cellar in New York City. Material from Owen’s hour long comedy special “Anonymous”, plays in heavy rotation on all the comedy stations on Sirrus/XM Radio. In...

Duration:01:11:52

Prequel Episode 12: Jake Johannsen

11/5/2013
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Jake Johannsen is a Los Angeles based comedian. A remarkable comedy resume including appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman 42 times. His Prequel included his upbringing in Iowa and Tennesse through college as a chemical engineer into his first time performing. Please follow him on Twitter @jakethis, his website www.jakethis.com or his podcast "jakethis". Enjoy!

Duration:01:01:19