Steamboat Operator (Hedberg + Birbiglia Edition)

Sometimes, the people we are closest to can’t understand why we’re doing something in the moment.  It’s more than a communication thing. Especially for the overly excited and creatively delusional amongst us (no judgment, I am one of you, this is a safe space).  It’s just that, the people we end up closest with, in … Continue reading Steamboat Operator (Hedberg + Birbiglia Edition)

Anti Get Rich Quick Bro, But Also…

It’s easy to be anti “get-rich-quick” bros. Their techniques feel gross and grifty. Two minutes of thinking usually leads you to realize they’re also “get-poor-quick” bros. So get-rich-quick schemes should be relatively easy to ignore. But there are other schemes that are harder to ignore. Which leads me to the biggest one I’m seeing everywhere … Continue reading Anti Get Rich Quick Bro, But Also…

Sunday Music: Brittany Howard’s “Samson”

Brittany Howard is back with an incredible feeling, sounding, and thought-provoking record, What Now. She’s been going through some stuff since she started working on this in 2020.  The title track and video will get you moving, thinking, and feeling (I’ll post it below), but the song “Samson” is the one I’ve been most gripped … Continue reading Sunday Music: Brittany Howard’s “Samson”

Podcast Of The Week: Outputs > Outcomes (Chris Distefano Edition)

Mike Birbiglia asked a comedy club manager for an example of a comedian who wasn’t funny at all when they started, but now is famous for being funny. She answered quickly and without hesitation, “Chris Distefano.” She said he wasn’t funny at all when he started, but now is funny “times a million.”  When he … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Outputs > Outcomes (Chris Distefano Edition)

What A $5 Shake Can Teach You About Coaching

Empathy is asking “What’s going on beneath the surface with this person?”  Not answering it.  Just asking it. Being open to finding the answer.  Letting that be the starting point.  In Pulp Fiction, when Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) pull up to to Jack Rabbit Slims, it’s on the grounds that … Continue reading What A $5 Shake Can Teach You About Coaching

My Favorite Movie Quote (A Gut Reaction That Surprised Me)

I was doing an interview that had a set of rapid-fire questions at the end. I had a list of questions to prepare with. I just didn’t realize they were examples and not the real questions. Oops. Nothing like panic-pressure in the moment to unlock the deepest recesses of your brain.  Amidst “favorite food” and … Continue reading My Favorite Movie Quote (A Gut Reaction That Surprised Me)

The Time Joey Ramone And His Mom Went On Geraldo

I should save this for Mother’s Day, but I just can’t.  In a segment titled “Heavy Metal Moms” (I know, I know, just sigh it out and keep going), Geraldo asks questions to Charlotte Lesher, Joey Ramone’s mom, about songs like “Beat On The Brat.”  Pause for a second and ask yourself - what do … Continue reading The Time Joey Ramone And His Mom Went On Geraldo