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The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli

Forever Dog

What do all of your favorite comedians, actors, writers, and artists have in common? At some point, they’ve all completely failed. Comedian Don Fanelli sits down with folks at the top of their game to talk about the times their dreams felt more elusive than ever. These hilarious, heartbreaking, and incredibly relatable stories remind us that failure is not only necessary when pursuing a dream, but ultimately the inspiration that keeps us moving uncompromisingly forward. Produced by the Forever Dog Podcast Network.

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Episode 147: James T. Robilotta

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06/23/20 • 111 min

James T. Robilotta (Leading Imperfectly, TEDx) is now a life coach and public speaker, but it took a lot of ups and downs to get there. We talk about how writing his book was the most polarizing thing he has done in his life, why the brain always feels stupid for letting the heart steer, chewing on his own words about authenticity and vulnerability as his marriage was crumbling, starting the first hip hop improv team in NY - North Coast, and how his whole life he was taught to be kind to other people, but it took 32 years to be kind to himself.

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06/23/20 • 111 min

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Episode 146: Ellen Haun

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06/16/20 • 63 min

Ellen Haun (How to Get Away with Murder, Cinderella & The Glass Ceiling) was never cast in a show in all four years at USC. An accidentally dropped headshot ruined her final chance. We also chat about how she moved to NY after two agencies were interested and wound up not getting signed by either, how her riffed monologue wound up in the How to Get Away with Murder pilot, and the importance of garbage drafts.

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06/16/20 • 63 min

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Episode 145: Michael Cruz Kayne

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06/09/20 • 87 min

Michael Cruz Kayne (Late Night with Seth Meyers, High Maintenance) booked an off-broadway Stomp-like show called Hoopz, produced by Disney, and it was quickly cancelled after Michael Eisner saw it. We chat about testing for SNL, searching for validation in the UCB system, and dealing with the loss of his son.

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06/09/20 • 87 min

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Episode 144: Charlie Todd

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06/02/20 • 68 min

Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere, Pixar IRL) tried for years to get Improv Everywhere on TV with lots of ups and downs along the way. We talk about how he wound up in handcuffs after an Improv Everywhere prank gone awry, seeing a network steal and produce one of his show ideas a year after he pitched it, being told by an agent how his show was a used car that he could not sell, and how this pandemic has been a gut check moment for a company that thrives on live human interaction.

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06/02/20 • 68 min

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Episode 143: Robyn Schneider

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05/26/20 • 95 min

Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything, You Don't Live Here) sold her first book at 18. It was the best and worst day of her life. Straddling a life between writing and medical school, Robyn overcomes trauma, book flops, book cancellations, theft, and a slew of other setbacks on the road to becoming a best selling author. Robyn talks about how she got through it all, shares some writing tips and tricks, and reveals the latest leap of faith she took during the pandemic.

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05/26/20 • 95 min

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Episode 142: Jordan Klepper (Part 2)

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05/19/20 • 65 min

In Part 2 of our conversation, Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show, Klepper) talks about filling in as host of The Daily Show when Trevor Noah was sick, the joys of getting your own TV show and the gut-punch of it being taken away, and the life changing experience of being arrested. Jordan also takes us behind the scenes of life as a Daily Show correspondent, what he learned about mindset from The School of Life, and talks about the time his boat capsized in the gator-filled bayou while covering a story.

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05/19/20 • 65 min

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Episode 141: Jordan Klepper (Part 1)

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05/12/20 • 59 min

In Part 1 of our conversation, Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show, The Opposition) talks about his decade of ups and downs in Chicago, what led him to NY, and auditioning for The Daily Show. We chat about how frustrations led to Jordan creating his own popular sketch show in Chicago, how after a failed audition, he wound up eating at the Universal CityWalk Food Court overlooking the red carpet of a Fast & Furious premier, and why getting the Daily Show was the best and worst day of his life.

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05/12/20 • 59 min

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Episode 140: Julie Buxbaum

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05/05/20 • 57 min

Julie Buxbaum's (Tell Me Three Things, Admission) worked on her third novel for over two years, after giving birth to her first child, and made the painful decision to shelve it because it was capable but not exciting. We talk about her transition from attending Harvard Law School to becoming an author, her continuing self doubts, her routines that make writing less precious, and the importance of recognizing the difference between procrastination and frustration.

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05/05/20 • 57 min

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Episode 139: Sam Pancake

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04/28/20 • 90 min

Sam Pancake (A Million Little Things, Arrested Development) got the dream call that he was getting his own TV show - but the deal was so bad he had to walk away, which actually opened up unforeseen acting opportunities. We talk about battling his addictions, his rock bottom moments, and his road to rehab and recovery, as well as what he learned about auditioning while working in commercial casting.

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04/28/20 • 90 min

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Episode 148: Joey Greer

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06/30/20 • 69 min

Joey Greer (Good Night, Alchemy This) got screwed up taking on the business side of Hollywood. We chat about how he applied his degree in theology to his creative pursuits, being sick and tired of feeling like he needed the industry's help to create something, and how he spent 16 hour nights trying to craft his comedy album.

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How many episodes does The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli have?

The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli currently has 318 episodes available.

What topics does The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli cover?

The podcast is about Comedy, Podcasts and Comedy Interviews.

What is the most popular episode on The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli?

The episode title 'Episode 147: James T. Robilotta' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli?

The average episode length on The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli is 75 minutes.

How often are episodes of The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli released?

Episodes of The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli are typically released every 7 hours.

When was the first episode of The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli?

The first episode of The Need to Fail with Don Fanelli was released on Feb 15, 2013.

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