2021 Comedy Goals

For the past twelve years, I set goals publicly at the start of the year and then review how I did at the end of the year [see 2020, 2019201820172016201520142013201220112010 and 2009]. I’m not sure if this is actually useful, especially as the COVID19 pandemic of 2020 made all plans laughable, 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. The ones in grey are not fully in my control.

I’m down to 12 goals (it was 14 goals last year, and 15 the year before). And instead of a top 5, I’ve made a top 3, because so much of this past year has been outside of everyone’s control.

Stand-Up

  • Write 20 new minutes of “album worthy” material
  • Do 100 live performances (and actually enjoy being on stage each time)
  • Do my gameshow 20+ times (virtual or in-person)
  • Perform at 50+ private events (virtual or in-person)
  • Double my TikTok account to 350,000 followers and 14 million likes (yes in the year 2021, this counts as standup)

Writing and Producing

  • Complete the TV version of the gameshow sizzle reel
  • Pitch our newest scripted idea to 3+ networks/production companies
  • Pitch our gameshow to 3+ networks/production companies

Learning

  • Read 12 books
  • Take one class or self-learn one new creative software

Financials

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

Misc

  • Average weight under 180 pounds

 

My Top 3 Goals

  • Complete the TV version of the gameshow sizzle reel
  • Do my gameshow 20+ times (virtual or in-person)
  • Double my TikTok account to 350,000 followers and 14 million likes

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