Don’t quit your night job

I walked in two hours early, just to get a feel for the stage and environment. It’s a preparation method I learned doing Toastmasters speech contests. I strolled past the framed pictures of famous comedians who have entertained at Tommy T’s over the years, and asked myself “Do I really belong here?” Of course I…

Brushes with greatness

It was 1993: the 65th Annual Academy Awards. Billy Crystal was hosting for the 4th consecutive time and the theme was the “Year of the Woman.” Imagine my luck… not long after moving from Indiana to Los Angeles and I had a backstage pass to the Oscars! How did I get there? I worked for…

Keepin’ it light

I’ve given a few intentionally humorous speeches in my day, mostly in Toastmasters. I’ve given a few unintentionally humorous speeches in my job, mostly when asking for more budget. Last Friday night I attempted stand-up comedy for the first time. I took this challenge to stretch myself, get up in front of a crowd and…

Here’s mud in your eye

The Survivor Mud Run delivers exactly what it promises. You get to run (as well as crawl, swim, slide and trudge) through mud, and you pay money for the opportunity to do this to yourself. It was 3 miles with 22 obstacles that included walls, cargo nets and monkey bars. But it’s really all about…

Worst joke ever

We spent summers with my dad when I was in high school. It was a half work half play arrangement.  My dad owned apartment buildings in West Lafayette, Indiana, and my brothers and I would drive around mowing yards, moving furniture and painting apartments as our summer job. He also hired a few college kids…