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Podfest 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL

Monday, March 13th, 2017

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What a fun time I had in Orlando, FL at Podfest! As a podcaster myself (School Of Laughs podcast available on iTunes | Stitcher | iHeart Radio and at www.SchoolOfLaughs.com) I loved meeting others who enjoy communicating to their “tribe”.

As a comedian, I got to share with them how to engage your audience by using stand-up comedy techniques. I met so many interesting people, including people who have podcasts about “puke stories”, and one guy whose podcast helps people fall asleep!

If you are a podcaster looking for a great conference with deep dive information, check out http://podfest.us/2017/

When Technology Falls Into The Wrong Hands

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Here is a clip from a recent show. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

What do you do when you’re not feeling up to it?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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At a recent event I was asked “What do you do when you just don’t feel like getting up in front of people?”

As a comedian and speaker there are DEFINITELY some of those times. For a few weeks in December I was under attack from sinus infections, ear aches and an extra helping of food poisoning. My busiest time of the year and I was down for the count! With the exception of one show – where I was advised not to fly with the ear infection – I was able to make it through.

To be honest, the 23 hours of the day when I am not on stage is the hard part. Wondering, worrying about the show later on that night can drag you down. Thoughts race through your head, “Will my voice hold up? Will my medicine make me trippy? What if I pass out in front of the entire group?” I say a prayer, hand it all over and head to the venue.

Despite the worry, something magical happens when you hit the stage. The adrenaline kicks in and you get a natural boost of energy. You are forced to focus on each and every word and guess what – your show is better. The pace becomes more natural and you pause to enjoy the laughs (and save your voice). In a nutshell, you are hyper-aware. But no one else is.

I never burden the event planner with my woes. The last thing Cathy from accounting needs is to hear me say “I may not make it out of here alive. If I go down – my Blue Cross card is in the wallet.” She just needs to know I am there and will be ready when they are.

So what do I do when I just don’t feel like getting up in front of people? I hunker down and realize I just may have the best job in the world. Being in front of a few hundred people when I’m down is great medicine. And, with that many people around, the odds of someone catching me before I pull a Chevy Chase are pretty good.

Check the glove box!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A few months ago I got an e-mail from a lady. She said her elderly father was a big fan of mine and listened to my CD’s in his car every day. I wondered if this man was sane. My wife can’t even listen to me every day. And my kids … they have good days and bad days. So, I was both flattered and concerned.

She went on to say that recently her father sold his car and forgot to take the CD’s out first. The new owner would not relinquish them and her Dad was upset with himself for not keeping them. Okay, now I was a little more concerned. My family would easily sell me and the car if they could get a few dollars out of the deal. Either this guy is truly my biggest fan, or someone is playing a prank.

The lady offered to buy new copies of he CD’s and wanted to know where to send the money. I told her I would send them at no charge and mailed a couple out her way. Then I totally forgot the email exchange … until yesterday.

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I went to pick up my mail at the post office and found this Christmas card. A card thanking me for being me. And a reminder that her dad is still my biggest fan. That really made my day. The fact that the letter also came with a Starbucks gift card was extra cool. It is easy to forget the power of laughter. The way it can anchor a person in a good mental place. The way it can erase a little bit of the pressure of the day. Laughter, is indeed, good.

So, I want to thank everyone out there for being YOU and for allowing me to bring some fun and joy into your life the way you have brought into mine.

Now, I am going to try to find Eddie Van Halen’s address. I accidentally left a copy of “1984” in the glove box of my 1996 three cylinder Isuzu pick up truck. Have a great 2014 everybody!