Comedian, actor, and comedy writer Wayne Federman wasn’t always comfortable in front of a crowd. So how did he transform from a ventriloquist with stage fright to a comedian working with Judd Apatow, Larry David, and Jimmy Fallon? How did identifying his true calling help him through periods of rejection and discomfort? He also shares his favorite quotes from self-help books and George Burns, explains the importance of setting specific goals, and reveals the benefits of being nice to college freshmen.
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You have to be active. Anyone can dream, but you need to put it into reality.
Expect rejection and disappointment. Fight through the no’s and you’ll get to the yes’s.
Polite persistence pays off.
It’s better to be a failure in show business than to be a success at making felt hats.
Just being alive is off the charts.
Follow Wayne on Twitter
Watch his reel
Also watch a documentary starring Wayne, I Am Road Comic
Lifehacker‘s article on Jerry Seinfeld‘s “Don’t Break the Chain” productivity strategy
Wayne’s fellow comedians at the Comic Strip comedy club – Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock
Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer
Don’t take anything personally.
Be impeccable with your word.
Always do your best.
Watch Wayne’s commercial reel
Casting director Allison Jones
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (what could’ve been)
Wayne’s joke on Woody Allen: “I’ve come to really admire Woody Allen. It’s been 14 years, and he’s still married to the same daughter.”
Wayne’s scene on Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David Wayne scene
The Larry Sanders Show – where Wayne played Garry Shandling‘s brother
Wayne met this college freshman / to-be comedy mogul at the Laugh Factory
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