We all have stories to tell! Some people keep those stories hidden out of embarrassment. But we have to remember that there is always someone out there who can benefit from hearing our experiences.
I performed some good comedy for a packed out crowd at a show called Manhaters in Oakland. I had the worst flu of my life. I performed my best set ever (at the time), came home, puked, and passed out. Nobody could tell I was sick. I only did 5 minutes, but it changed my life. I figured after that happened that if I can make a room full of people laugh while wanting to die inside, I can do anything – and I was right!
I think it’s different for everyone. I know I love someone when I prefer to be with them over being alone, which is very rare for me.
I feel the most creative when I’m looking at my notes on a rainy night outside of a San Francisco comedy club.
Dean Martin always gets me charged up for a good show.
I performed stand up comedy at my 5th grade talent show. All knock knock jokes. Dangerfield would be proud.
Stop taking advice from others and get to work. Work harder than everyone else. Rinse. Repeat.
Race relations, civil rights, gender equality, gay rights, freedom of speech.
If I say “scotch”, does that make me an alcoholic? Yes? I’m still going to say scotch.
I don’t have to make time. Creating is all I’ve ever expected from myself. It’s like breathing: I only really notice it when I forget to do it.
Depression and anxiety can make for a decent comic, if you know how to present it to others with some self-awareness. Some experiences are more relatable than you might think.
Natasha Leggero, Morgan Murphy, Maria Bamford, John Mulaney
The human experience is more universal than most of us realize. You’re not weird. Life is weird.