Lessons from the Comedy Masters about Building Resilience & Choosing Happiness – Wayne Federman


What can we learn from legendary comedians like Mark Twain and Dave Chappelle? Wayne Federman, Emmy-nominated standup comedian, actor, author, writer, producer, and professor of standup comedy history (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) has spent most of his life studying how the masters of comedy rose to the top of their game, and put these valuable lessons into his book, The History of Stand-Up. He shares how to survive constant criticism and rejection, choose happiness, and enjoy all the challenges of the journey of answering to your calling.

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1. Everyone bombs, even the pros. It’s part of the job. When that happens, you know you’re in good company.
2. Enjoy all the parts of this journey, even the challenges.
3. Happiness is a choice.
4. It’s okay to take time to process the disappointments and release them.
5. Funny comes in many different forms.
6. Nice is different than good.
7. You could get booed off stage, but you’re still here. You’re still alive. Now you’re bulletproof.
8. There’s a juice you’re born with that you can develop.


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