SN2:EP5 “Ear Hustling w/ Sharron Paul”

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A harrowing camp story and comedian and actor Sharron Paul. You might recognize her once we start talking. She's the voice of the mom, Francine, on the kids cartoon Fanny Fun Facts on Amazon, and she's also in a webseries called "GhostedBusters." Sometimes I get a little nervous talking to guests, especially the part right there at the beginning. The hello. The handoff f...
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SN2:EP3 “On Being in Jeff Simmermon’s Apt. When He’s Not There”

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SN2:EP3 "On Being in Jeff Simmermon's Apt. When He's Not There" I’m releasing this on a Saturday morning just to see what happens. It feels right to me. Herein is a tiny documentary on what it's like to be in a friend's apartment when they're not there. Followed by me and @JeffSimmermon talking about: people who don’t wring out the kitchen sponge; getting way deep into the n...
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SN2:EP2 “Walking to an Audition w/ Katina Corrao”

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Beginning with a sort of mini documentary of me getting a colonoscopy (I'm healthy. It's a long story, explained within.), this episode is likely one of the first podcasts to provide an audio chronicle of what the day before one of those things is like. Maybe one of the last to do it as well. This week my walking companion is Katina Corrao. Much has been written about he...
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SN2:EP1 “Trap, Neuter, Return, w/ Margaret Dodge”

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Welcome back to what'€™s your yarn worth? w/ me, your host, andy farnsworth. I'€™ve been sort of reverse-groundhogging my way back into the world this Spring. Hope you're good. Margaret Dodge is my traveling companion this week. Recorded in two parts: October 25th, 2015, on a visually and aurally beautiful day in Central Park; then, deeper into our respective issues and into...
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SN1:EP9 “Eric Aleman, The Barber of Sunset Park”

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This week I visit Eric Aleman, owner of the storied King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I’ve been going to him for a couple years and it's always an odyssey which begins on my scalp and ends in my heart. Eric, like a lot of good barbers, is able to step in and out of conversation. He’ll talk if you want to talk. Or he’ll just step back and keep working on you...
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SN1:EP8 “The Sacred Struggle of Bedtime w/ Julie Kottakis and ‘The Kid'”

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It's one thing to be invited into the home of a comic, but to see them in the thick of motherhood is, to me, like the spotted owl of documentary conversation. Today's episode is a sort of extreme form of eavesdropping. An audio portrait of the sacred struggle to get a kid to bed with comic, mom, and brilliant facebook satirist Julie Kottakis.  I first saw Julie perform at th...
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SN1:EP7 “Marc Gerber 1-800-BAD-TOUCH”

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It's impossible to tell the story of how I know comedian and psychologist Marc Gerber without getting into a host of sordid and vulnerable-making trauma from my past. He offered some perspective back in June that changed my life and comedy. Gerber is an atypical hybrid of a professionally funny and employably empathetic person. He and I met when I performed on a show at the ...
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SN1:EP6 “Ali Pearl Meets Chango”

Ali Pearl, author of the recent New York Times Modern Love article 'On Tinder, Off Sex,' and I discuss: the intimacy of listening to Enya together; our emotional exhibitionism; and a grudge I had against her for not putting me in her article. I also take her to meet Chango—those badass EDM subway performers in Union Square wearing Mexican wrestling masks you may have been luc...
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SN1:EP5 “Aalap Patel There and Back Again”

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Over a year in the making, this epic episode of What's Your Yarn Worth spans several conversations with NYC comedian Aalap Patel. From Alpha Donuts in Queens, along Avenue A in the village, 3 of Andy's apartments, a rooftop in Brooklyn, and into the dark heart of one of New York's most beloved funny men. [Correction: The poem that I read about 22 minutes in to this episo...
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SN1:EP3 “Sami Bronowski, Present French”

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I hope that this conversation with one of the best and brightest French people I know makes up for my lack of insightful commentary on the situation in France. Sami Bronowski is a NYC comedian who walked around Manhattan with me back in April. (I've been sitting on this episode because I was worried you guys might think it's too difficult/distracting to listen to a lively c...
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