In terms of your chances of winning “the” lottery, you’re more likely to get struck by lightning, while drowning, after being attacked by a shark, in an above ground swimming pool, in Iceland. (Or something along those lines).
Comedy = Tragedy + Time / Cosby – Time
I think the math in the above equation comes out to zero. Which is my way of saying too much time has passed leading up to today’s charges against Bill Cosby. But, I’m not a mathematician. I’m a comedian.
“A terrorist spreads fear by bombing rollercoasters at amusement parks across the U.S. unless he’s paid $1M.” That’s the description of the movie I really, really, really, really, really wanted to see on my 10th birthday. “Can we see ‘Rollercoaster’? Pleeeeeeaaaaaassssse!”
Miss Universe is over, it didn’t end smoothly, but you’re going to be okay.
Whether it was a telepromoter error in the end that lead Steve Harvey to announce the wrong winner at Miss Universe 2015, I can’t tell for sure at this point. I can still make my point either way.
Mr. Cab Driver
I admit it: I didn’t know much of anything about the taxi business before I got the job as Host of Cash Cab. What I have learned since changed my perspective on riding in taxis and my opinion of the people who are licensed cab drivers.
A few years ago, a stand-up comic I know and like made an interesting comment about a situation that I have experienced, and continue to face, with regularity. That situation- people who are organizing fundraising events for charities, or non-profits, ask if I would be prepared to appear at them without pay.
I’m sure you’ve attended Town Halls, or conferences where the panels, or “fireside chats”, are flat (or worse, cringe-worthy). But, even in instances where they are reasonably tolerable, I believe this is a HUGE missed opportunity for organizers. Having a professional moderator, or Host, can elevate these communications opportunities from beyond informative to inspiring. Continue reading “Painful Panels”
I’ve never recommended using humour as a go-to in keynote presentations. For a professional comedian, that’s weird, right? I think humour, in the wrong hands, at the wrong time, can be detrimental in sharing your ideas. It’s not that I think you should NEVER use it. And by “the wrong hands”, I’m not saying that comedy can’t be learned and used by non-professional comedians.
I’ll get to what’s not obvious about the attached interview in a moment. What is obvious about the story being told is: selling products and services is a form of storytelling. So, Kathy Klotz-Guest is right- why is it that when people are in the “office”, they suddenly stop communicating a story like humans, and become more like jargon-speaking corporate robots?
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