2020 Comedy Goals

For the past eleven years, I set goals at the start of the year and then review how I did at the end of the year [see 2019, 201820172016201520142013201220112010 and 2009]. I’m not sure if this is actually useful, as the goals have been pretty similar the last few years and I only look at this post the first and last day of the year, but I like traditions, and maybe it helps subconsciously, so here go my goals for this year.

For the second year in a row, I’ve separated “process goals” (aka things I can control – in black), and “goal goals” (aka things that depend on other people as well as me – in grey text). But this year, I made all my top 5 goals things I can control.

This year I changed my categories so that all things related to stand-up are one category, and then all other comedy-related goals are separated.

I have the same number of goals as last year (15) and then whittled down my top 5. Since I can control all my top 5 goals, success is doing all of them this year.

Stand Up

  • Perform at least 500 times
  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 20 of those minutes into “A” jokes
  • Write 5/7 days of every week
  • Have Amazon Prime Video stream my new comedy album on their platform (as well as an abridged version of my third album)
  • Get my new comedy album “Don’t Shake Your Miracle” to #1 in the iTunes Comedy charts
  • Do a stand-up set on TV or Netflix that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show)

Writing/Producing (non-standup) 

  • Publish my second book
  • Create and release 3 new sketch videos
  • Develop and film a sizzle reel for my gameshow idea
  • Sell a TV show and get it on air

Learning

  • Take at least one class
  • Read 20 books

Financials

  • Earn $50,000 from entertainment-related business income

Misc

  • Average weight of 176 pounds or less

 

Top 5 Goals

  • Publish my second book
  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 20 of those minutes into “A” jokes
  • Perform 500 times
  • Average weight of 176 pounds or less
  • Develop and film a sizzle reel for my gameshow idea

2019 Comedy Goal Revisited

On January 1st, 2019 I posted my goals for this year. Since it’s the last day of the year, it’s time to go through them and see how I did. Black text is the original goal and bold text is how I did. 

Performing (2 out of 6 accomplished, one more still in progress)

  • Record my fourth comedy album
    Completed! “Don’t Shake Your Miracle” will be out on February 7th. More details coming shortly.
  • Publish my second book (details coming soon)
    In process. I have about 40 illustrations completed and the book text complete, but it’s taking longer than anticipated.
  • Perform 500 times
    Performed 569 times
  • Do a stand-up set on TV or Netflix that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show)
    Did not do a TV/Netflix set
  • Do two acting gigs (non-stand up) that air on TV
    Did not have two TV acting gigs
  • Perform at a NACA showcase
    Did not perform at a NACA
  • Perform at 10 colleges
    Did fewer than ten colleges

Writing/Producing (2.75 out of 4 completed)

  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 20 of those minutes into “A” jokes
    Yes
  • Write 5/7 days of every week
    Yes
  • Film a sequel to The Slice and create 4 more videos
    I co-created a sequel called “The Shakedown” and created some other videos, although they were all part of one web series, so I’m only giving myself 75% credit
  • Sell a TV show and get it on air
    Did not sell or get a show on air, although I came close more than once

Learning (2 out of 2 accomplished)

  • Take at least one acting class
    Took one sketch acting class
  • Read 20 books
    Read 23 books

Financials (0 out of 1 accomplished)

  • Earn $40,000 from entertainment related business income
    Did not earn $40,000

Misc (0 out of 1 accomplished)

  • Average weight 176 pounds or less
    Weight was above this

 

Top 5 Goals (2 out of 4 accomplished, one still in progress)

  • Record my fourth comedy album Yes
  • Publish my second book Halfway done
  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 20 of those minutes into “A” jokes Yes
  • Do a stand-up set on TV or Netflix that airs in its entirety No
  • Sell a TV show and get it on air No

Overall note: This was the first year I separated “things I can control” and “things that depend on other people as well as on me” – I accomplished 6 out of 7 goals I could control (damn is minor weight loss hard!) with 1 still in progress. Of the things I couldn’t directly control, I was 0 for 6.

2018 Comedy Goals

For the past nine years, I set goals at the start of the year and then review how I did at the end of the year [see 2017201620152014, 2013201220112010 and 2009]. I’m not sure if this is actually working anymore, as the goals have been pretty similar the last few years and I only look at this post the first and last day of the year, but at this point it’s a tradition, plus I do think subconsciously it helps, so here go my goals for this year.

One thing I’m doing differently this year, I’ve put “process goals” (aka things I can control) in black, and “goal goals” (aka thing that depend on other people as well as me) in grey text. There’s an extra line break in between the two.

I have more goals this year (15 up from 11 last year) and then whittled down my top 4. If I nail 3 out of these top 4 goals, and don’t achieve a single one of the others, I’ll consider it a very good year.

Performing

  • Perform 600 times this year, including 400 club spots
  • Go on 30 acting auditions, get 3 callbacks
  • Perform at 8 college shows
  • Do a stand-up set on TV that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show)
  • Do two acting gigs (non-stand up) that air on TV

Writing/Producing

  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 15 of those minutes into “A” jokes
  • Submit 5 writing packets
  • Sell a TV show
  • Have a consistent entertainment writing job for 8+ weeks

Learning

  • Take two acting classes
  • Read 25 books

Financials

  • Get my new album, The United States of Russia, to hit #1 on the iTunes or Amazon comedy sales rankings
  • Earn $40,000 from entertainment related business income

Misc

  • Average weight 174 pounds or less
  • Do my morning routine 4 out of 7 days every week

Top 4 Goals (Out of 15)

  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 15 of those minutes into “A” jokes
  • Sell a TV show
  • Do a stand-up set on TV that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show)
  • Get my new album, The United States of Russia, to hit #1 on the iTunes or Amazon comedy sales rankings

2017 Comedy Goals Revisited

On January 1st, 2017 I posted my goals for this year. Since it’s the last day of the year, it’s time to go through them and see how I did. Black text is the original goal and bold text is how I did. 

Performing (2 out of 5 accomplished)

  • Perform 650 times this year, including 400 club spots
    Did 654 spots, including 485 club spots
  • Perform at 10 college shows
    Did not do 10 college shows.
  • Do a stand-up set on TV that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show)
    Did not do a stand up set on TV that airs in its entirety.
  • Go on 50 acting auditions, get 5 callbacks
    Did fewer than 50 acting auditions and fewer than 5 callbacks
  • Book at least one acting gig from an audition
    Booked two acting gigs from auditions

Writing/Producing (1 out of 2 accomplished)

  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 15 of those minutes into “A” jokes
    Goal accomplished
  • Sell a TV show and/or write for a TV show
    Had many conversations with multiple production companies, but have yet to sell something.

Learning (2 of 2 accomplished)

  • Take one acting class
    Took two acting classes.
  • Read 20 books
  • Read 28 books

Financials (0 of 1 accomplished)

  • Earn $40,000 from entertainment related business income
    Did not earn $40,000

Misc (0 of 1 accomplished)

  • Average weight 172 pounds or less
    Average weight closer to 176 pounds

Top 4 Goals (Out of 11) (1 out of 4 accomplished)

  • Do a stand-up set on TV that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show) No
  • Perform at 10 college shows No
  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 15 of those minutes into “A” jokes Yes
  • Sell a TV show and/or write for a TV show No

2017 Comedy Goals

For the past eight years, I set goals at the start of the year and then reviewed how I did at the end of the year [see 201620152014, 2013201220112010 and 2009]. I feel like this is working for me, in the sense of helping me focus my time, so here go my goals for this year. I have fewer goals this year (11 down from 19 last year) and then whittled down my top 4. I think I have fewer goals because the longer I do this, the more some things become automatic and don’t have to be tracked as goals, and the fewer things I actually care about. If I nail 3 out of these top 4 goals, and don’t achieve a single one of the others, I’ll consider it a very good year.

Performing

  • Perform 650 times this year, including 400 club spots
  • Perform at 10 college shows
  • Do a stand-up set on TV that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show)
  • Go on 50 acting auditions, get 5 callbacks
  • Book at least one acting gig from an audition

Writing/Producing

  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 15 of those minutes into “A” jokes
  • Sell a TV show and/or write for a TV show

Learning

  • Take one acting class
  • Read 20 books

Financials

  • Earn $40,000 from entertainment related business income

Misc

  • Average weight 172 pounds or less

Top 4 Goals (Out of 11)

  • Do a stand-up set on TV that airs in its entirety (not a stand-up clip show)
  • Perform at 10 college shows
  • Create 40 new minutes of material that I try on stage, turn 15 of those minutes into “A” jokes
  • Sell a TV show and/or write for a TV show