My Comedy Mindset

I try to approach every time on stage as a learning experience and a step towards improving as a comedian. 

I have two metaphors that I try to keep in mind, especially after a bad show. I thought I’d share them as maybe they’ll help someone else get through a tough patch in comedy or any other passion (or job) they have:

  1. Every performance is a brick in the wall of what will eventually become an amazing castle.
  2. I’m in the middle of a dense forest and can’t see around me. I have an axe, and instead of worrying about my situation, I need to just put my head down, get to work, and keep chopping. If I chop for long enough, I’ll get out of the woods. (I’m a huge Rutgers Football fan and I borrowed this metaphor from Coach Schiano.)

As much as I want to kill it at every show, this isn’t realistically possible at this stage of my career (although that’s still my goal every time). Therefore I view each show as a step towards the next one. One bad show won’t make or break my career  — although some shows are much more important than others in this respect. 

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  • One Reply to “My Comedy Mindset”

    1. Found this mindset post while checking my post on Google. Awesome attitude.

      I wrote a post about my short experience doing stand up and the mental toughness of comedians. Check it out if you like. I added the link.


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