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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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Episode 44: Jono Zalay

This episode of Prequel brings your the wonderful NYC comic Jono Zalay. Neel & Tushar were able to sit down to talk about his childhood. He started life and standup in San Diego. In 2006 he moved to Boston where he became a staple at New England comedy clubs, all while earning his Doctorate in Neuroscience. Since 2008 he has been invited to perform in over 20 comedy festivals, winning all of them in the “most fun” category he made up. Jono now lives in New York City where he has been...

Duration: 00:52:49

Episode 43: Matt Knudsen

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, theAmericas, 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: 01:00:00

Episode 42: Guy Branum

Guy Branum is an actor, comedian, and writer that can be seen as a regular panelist on "Chelsea Lately" on the E! network. Neel and Tushar were able to sit with Guy to discuss his pre-comedy life which included growing up near an almond farm in rural Northern California. We learn that Guy is a late bloomer in many aspects of his life including starting comedy and coming out of the closet after becoming a professional lawyer. Honest, vulnerable and hilarious - this conversationis great for...

Duration: 01:02:47

Episode 41: Todd Glass

Veteran Stand up Comedian, Podcast Host (The Todd Glass Show), Actor, Writer, and a newly published Author, Todd Glass sits down with Prequel hosts Neel Nanda and Tushar Singh to discuss his life before comedy. Todd shares vivid stories of his 3 brothers and his fathers shoe business. Todd also shares his experiences growing up in Philadelphia and keeping to himself that he is gay. He tells us stories about the friends he was comfortable talking to about his sexuality and the times he had...

Duration: 01:16:54

Episode 40: Nate Bargatze

Comedian Nate Bargatze sat down with Neel & Tushar for this week's Prequel. He discussed his childhood including growing up in Tennessewith 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 theNew York and Boston Comedy Festivals in the same year. You may have caught him on the Tonight Show as well asthe Clean Cut Comedy Tour. Nate's best...

Duration: 01:01:12

Episode 39: Steve Hofstetter

Author, columnist, and comedian Steve Hofstetter sits down with hosts Neel Nanda and Tushar Singh to talk about his childhood. Steve discussing growing up poor and Jewish in New York. He also tells a story about joining and falling in love with Improv at age 12 because of a crush. Steve has appeared ESPN's Quite Frankly, where Stephen A. Smith yelled at him for three minutes. Hofstetter has also appeared on CBS' "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood,"...

Episode 38: Aparna Nancherla

Hilarious Comedian (Last Comic Standing, Conan), Writer (FX), and Psychology Major Aparna Nancherla sits down hosts Neel Nanda and Tushar Singh to talk about her life before she started comedy. She begins by telling the story of her parents arranged marriage and their journey to America. She discusses being a "loner", "spacing out", and taking a public speaking class when she was 11 where she wrote a speech about improving Bollywood Movies. Listen to her story up until her first time on...

Duration: 00:51:20

Episode 37: Chris Fairbanks

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: 00:49:52

Episode 36: Kris Rubio

For this week's Prequel we got to sit down with the very talented muscial comedian Kris Rubio. Born in the Philippines, Kris Rubio started stand-up comedy in high school and always strived to be comically different. After performing traditionalstand-up for many years he enterted the world of writing comedy music where he found his calling. This episode is filled with stories of his pre performance life, including strange religious practices in his mother country as well as an amazing first...

Duration: 00:52:39

Episode 35: Danny Jolles

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...

Duration: 01:01:09

Episode 34: Ben Bizuneh

Comedian and good friend Ben Bizuneh begins his childhood story with an inspiring tale of how his parents made it to the United States. Growing up in Indiana, Ben discusses being a first generation student and having two older brothers. Ben also describes an experience that changed dating for him forever at a very young age. Bizuneh mentions how his father is a hit at Ethiopian parties although he doesn't understand his father's jokes. Ben finds comedy from a vulnerable place and draws...

Duration: 01:01:50

Episode 33: Julia Prescott

Comedian and writer for, 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: 00:55:21

Episode 32: Josh Gondelman

Listen to a great episode of Prequel with New York based comedian Josh Gondelman. Heis a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City. With years of experience as a preschool teacher and a pretty good guy, Josh charms audiences using his good-natured storytelling and cracks them up with his sharp, pointy wit. He takes topics from surprise parties to playing the trombone and makes them all equally hilarious. Winner of the inaugural Laughing Skull Festival in...

Duration: 01:09:53

Episode 31: Nate Craig

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 and follow him on twitter@Natecraig1. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:57:20

Episode 29: Kristen Rand

Our guest on this episode of Prequel isDenver based comedianKristen 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: 00:56:01

Episode 29: Matthew Broussard

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 morehe works out - leaving him as a sad, very physically fit man. We loved this one. Visit his website and follow him on twitter @mondaypunday. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:09:35

Episode 27: Wendy Wason

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: 01:02:35

Episode 26: Jeff Oliver

Jeff Oliver is a New York based comedian who sat down with us to describe his relatively unique childhood. In Obamaesque fashion Jeff was raised by a single white mother in Oregon with a not-to-be-seen black muslim father. This means that one day he will run for comedy President. A great story teller and a wonderful comedian, please follow Jeff on twitter@Jeff_Oliver and enjoy the episode!

Duration: 00:59:16

Episode 25: Felicity Ward

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 interestingroad 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 Enjoy!

Duration: 01:11:48

Episode 25: Adam Newman

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 Enjoy!

Duration: 01:03:56

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