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Archive for September, 2009

Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Berkun

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Scott Berkun is a popular speaker and best-selling author whose next book, Confessions of a Public Speaker, is now taking pre-orders at Amazon. I was a huge fan of Berkun’s last book, The Myths of Innovation, so I’m eagerly looking forward to this one too. Hopefully the link between stand-up comedy and public speaking in […]

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Happy Labor Day

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Long story, very short: after my career in high-tech, I spent a year as a blue-collar Teamster, working at UPS. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to drink like a Teamster. The fact that we were up until 8am might have been recoverable… then the […]

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One of the best things about stand-up comedy is that there are virtually no barriers to entry. If you live near a comedy club, you can get on stage at an open mic with absolutely no qualifications whatsoever. If you have talent, work hard, and persevere at open mic after open mic, you are guaranteed […]

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The torture debate: minotaur ethics

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The Onion is a national treasure: Is Using A Minotaur To Gore Detainees A Form Of Torture? Hilarious on about a dozen different levels.

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Comedy club politics

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Like every other profession, the world of comedy is filled with human beings, people who are sensitive, busy, well-meaning, and flawed—the same as all of us. And where there be people, there be politics. I’m deeply sympathetic to Andrew’s recent, heartfelt post on this topic because I, too, recently learned that I’m in the doghouse […]

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