What is it about being a comedian that makes you happy?
To separate my job from its elements: I get paid to make people happy. What could be better than that? I guess it was the same thing as when I worked at Baskin-Robbins in high school and college, scooping and serving ice cream, but laughing has no fat, no calories, no salt and you can use it. Can do for one and a half hours. time.
How has your discovery changed your life?
I don’t need to use an alarm clock unless I have an early morning flight. And I don’t take morning flights. I’m my own boss so if someone is an idiot, I don’t have to work with them. If I want to take a break, I can take a break. If I want to travel somewhere, I book comedy shows there and it gets tax deducted.
What will happen next?
I want to resume international travel. I started doing international shows a year and a half before Kovid. I worked in Ireland, UK, Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. But a lot of countries still have poor Covid numbers and many of the people attending English-language comedy shows abroad are tourists, so there are probably very few of them these days.
What do you wish you knew when you were little?
I wish I knew I didn’t have to do everything I was told to do because my life was kind of “that’s what you do when you grow up.” No one in my family ever thought of working in art. There are doctors, lawyers and scientists in my family. Being smart doesn’t mean you have to make a living by being a doctor or a lawyer or a scientist.
What would you say to other people who feel trapped and want to make a difference?
Unstick yourself. If you find something you want to do that pays, do it. I would also say, if you are interested in stand up comedy – NO! I don’t need competition. But something else, if you’ve always wanted to do something, try this.
What lessons can people learn from your experience?
Here’s the lesson I want everyone to learn: Stop telling jokes to comedians. That’s not how it works. It’s our job to tell you jokes, not vice versa.