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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jennabryson
Dec 22 '19
Rating:   10
Motivation to fail.

You gotta fail to succeed, that’s a fact, but this podcast makes a creative person feel so much better about those failures, allowing one to see them as more like stepping stones than falling rocks, if ya dig. You just gotta keep making stuff, and The Need to Fail is proof.

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JessAkOop
Nov 2 '19
Rating:   10
Awesome

This is a great podcast for anyone pursuing a creative career. It’s so helpful and inspiring to hear other people’s experiences with failure and their strategies for moving past them. They also talk a lot about how sometimes missing the job you *think* you want leads to the job that truly makes you happy. Great conversations and host. Give it a listen!

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Jared Mosk1246743466
Jun 27 '19
Rating:   10
Favorite Podcast

I listen to a lot of podcasts and this one is my favorite. Great conversations. Great insight into the journey people took to "make it" in comedy. Check out especially if you are an aspiring comedian

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Adam Berley
Apr 2 '19
Rating:   10
Excellent

Just discovered this podcast and can't turn it off! People are so honest and open, and it's full of great advice for artists of all kinds, as well as exposing some of the nitty gritty of professional acting, writing, etc. Even though it's not necessarily the point of the podcast, I've probably learned more about the process of auditioning, writing packets, getting representation, and the business-side of show business from this podcast than any other I've found. Thanks Don!

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dn853
Mar 19 '19
Rating:   10
My First Review

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed something on an Apple platform, but this podcast is worth it. The episodes honestly help me feel less crappy about starting out in comedy, and trust me, I sometimes find myself feeling deep in doo doo. Thanks for putting the time in to make this!

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Carl Tart's Party Farts
Feb 1 '19
Rating:   10
Farts

Don Fanelli is not only my favorite podcaster but also my best friend. When we went to a nice Italian dinner he ate my caesar salad and gave me his house salad because i was too scared to send my caesar back. The anchovies scares me. Anyways, Don’s parents are named Don and Donna. I have him hit me in the head with a little hammer everytime i say “good morning” in the afternoon. The Patreon extras for this show are good too. If you new to the podcast i suggest starting with the live ep with Jessica St Clair and also dm-ing me your home address.

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Ashealker
Jan 15 '19
Rating:   10
Actual insight into the artistic soul

This is one of the most empathetic “talk to a comedian” podcasts out there. It really gets to how we tick, how we deal, how we keep going. It makes me feel less alone, if that makes sense.

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YouWillConvinceNoOne
Dec 24 '18
Rating:   10
Less cursing Don

Don, this is a 50-year-old woman writing to you. I love comedy, I love comedy podcasts and I love your podcast. I think it’s thoughtful and well done and I find everyone’s story of struggle fascinating and unique but universal. So here’s my one criticism:you should curse less. I feel like when you are making a deep point, your message gets diluted with unnecessary curses. And I believe if you change that habit, it will up your game. Meant with kind intentions...

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E_Ralph
Dec 23 '18
Rating:   10
Great show

Hearing about other people’s failures is so helpful, it makes it easier for me to deal with my own failures. Thanks Don!

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NinaP183
Dec 19 '18
Rating:   10
If you're trying to move yourself forward LISTEN TO THIS

For anybody who is trying to look to improve themselves and find inspiration to keep moving forward, this is the podcast for you. Don does a great job finding a variety of interviewees that are all over the map in the entertainment industry. I feel like a fly on the wall of their conversations, getting an inside look at the careers and experiences of those I would be too nervous to speak to in person. Each guest offers a unique outlook. With every episode I always to find a great takeaway from it. Don is also the perfect host for this podast because he's incredibly honest about his own failures, and always conducts the interviews in such a fun way. It feels less like a rigid interview and more like having a discussion with pals, which I feel makes it so much easier for the guest to open up and for us as the listeners to learn more. Don't miss an episode. It's also perfect for those lengthy commutes!

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Dru J.
Dec 18 '18
Rating:   10
My Favorite Podcast

This podcast is the best. Honestly I’m not just saying that. Every single episode comes out and I blow up my queue just to put this one next. No matter what industry you’re in, what aspirations you might have, this podcast will show you the side of humanity you don’t see on Instagram. Also every fake sponsor at the top makes me laugh.

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Swami284
Dec 14 '18
Rating:   10
Very thoughtful and genuine

I love this podcast. The need to fail is such a thoughtful and genuine conversation about comedy and life. Don is such a warm and intelligent host. 5 stars would recommend

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Malbus Zumbledore
Dec 11 '18
Rating:   10
Solid, no BS, real talk and advice

This podcast is a reality check for anyone pursuing comedy or a life in entertainment. I appreciate how Don and his guests aren't afraid to talk about all aspects of life in pursuit of the dream without romanticizing it. It's helpful without being preachy. It helps you ask the right questions of yourself. It's great.

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