Conan On Having Nothing To Lose

When they offered Conan O’Brien the Late Night Show, he wasn’t going to take it. He was living in a (self-described) paltry apartment, writing for The Simpsons, and overall enjoying a simple, rewarding life.   He called his friend Robert Smigel.  They agreed getting out of the writer’s room and into the performing business was exciting. … Continue reading Conan On Having Nothing To Lose

Tiffany Haddish Sees Opportunity As An Ice Cream Truck

Tiffany Haddish doesn’t think opportunity knocks. She thinks opportunity is more like an ice cream truck.  We’re like perpetual children, inside on a summer day, hearing the music in the distance - calling out to our very souls.  The real question is not if you’re going to answer the door to opportunities knocking, it’s how … Continue reading Tiffany Haddish Sees Opportunity As An Ice Cream Truck

How To Write Funny(er) With Funny Filters

Funny is a value judgment by the joke teller.  You’re going to want to save this if you’re attempting to be funny at work.  I regularly have something I find amusing that doesn’t pass the internal filter check. This is a good thing. We all need some amount of filter.*** Colin Chung has an excellent … Continue reading How To Write Funny(er) With Funny Filters

Sarah Cooper On Her Superpower Of Being Funny

Sarah Cooper is hysterical. She did the corporate thing before taking a shot at becoming a comedian, struggling, doubling down on the corporate job, and then eventually tripling down and breaking out as an artist.  If you’re a creative with a side hustle, or a creative with a creative streak in your main hustle, Cooper’s … Continue reading Sarah Cooper On Her Superpower Of Being Funny

Podcast Of The Week: David Cross And The Dad Gene

Hey! On Saturday’s I highlight a podcast about being a creative professional. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes it’s indirect, but it’s always entertaining and educational. Check this out and send anything good you’ve heard lately my way! Dads: The Podcast. My brother just put me onto this and I've been catching up. The first one that … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: David Cross And The Dad Gene

Podcasts Of The Week: Self-Critical, Comedic, Singing Lessons (Dr. Neff, Conan, And Ariana)

Hey! On Saturday’s I highlight a podcast about being a creative professional. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes it’s indirect, but it’s always entertaining and educational. This week I've got THREE for you. Your Podcasts of the Week are… Dr. Kristin Neff on NPR's Hidden Brain. Find me a person with creative inspirations and I'll show you a … Continue reading Podcasts Of The Week: Self-Critical, Comedic, Singing Lessons (Dr. Neff, Conan, And Ariana)

When Feedback Is Full Of It (With Conan O’Brien)

Conan went from being a writer on SNL and the Simpson’s in his 20s, to taking over for Letterman as he turned 30. Talk about a promotion. No pressure! To make things worse, he wasn’t just filling big shoes, he was also charged by the network to help find a younger audience. That gave him … Continue reading When Feedback Is Full Of It (With Conan O’Brien)

Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Mitch Hedberg on the art and science of appliance naming: I want to get a job naming kitchen appliances. That seems easy, you know? Refrigerator, toaster, blender - you just say what the thing does, then you add “-er.” Kitchen Appliance Naming Institute: “What’s this thing do?” “It keeps (expletive) fresh.” “Well, that’s a 'fresher.' … Continue reading Mitch Hedberg On How To Name An Appliance

Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

John Stewart interviewing George Carlin. Pay extra attention to his framing of comedy as a form of oratory rhetoric. This is ALL professional communication. Make it sing. "It's just natural." And stick around to near the end when he answers, "Why do you still care so much?" Carlin was a true artist. https://youtu.be/nCGGWeD_EJk ps. I … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart