How to Become a Comedian – Wayne Federman



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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  1. You have to be active. Anyone can dream, but you need to put it into reality.

  2. Expect rejection and disappointment. Fight through the no’s and you’ll get to the yes’s.

  3. Polite persistence pays off.

  4. It’s better to be a failure in show business than to be a success at making felt hats.

  5. Just being alive is off the charts.



  1. Don’t take anything personally.

  2. Be impeccable with your word.

  3. Always do your best.

  4. Don’t assume.


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