BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with stand-up comedian and podcaster Brian Bates with the microphone hot. Highlights include their discussion about developing an identity as a comic, comedy as a coping and defense mechanism, and the tremendous amount of work that goes into comedy. Kevin also shares his perspective from having performed stand-up including comedic timing and the pitfall of “my friends think I’m funny.”
Brian Bates, Stand-up Comedian, and Cohost of Nateland Podcast
Would you have what it takes if your dream opportunity came true? In this episode we speak with Brian Bates about his career in comedy, and more recently, podcasting. Brian shares his path from taking a comedy class as a distraction from life events to touring the country and performing in theaters with world-class comedians. We also discuss Brian’s adjustments going from the corporate world to the life of a comic, the work ethic required to make it in comedy, and the attributes he thinks allowed him to succeed. You will also want to listen to hear what autofills when you begin searching for Brian’s name.
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Chris Killian, Actor, Comedian, and Host of the Daily Distraction on ComicBook.com
If your brief stint as a professional wrestler was stalled by being 5’ 8’’, would you consider a career as a stand-up comic? In this episode we speak to Chris, a multi-faceted performer with a fascinating story. Listen as Chris tells us about facing the proverbial fork in the road when he had to decide to make the leap to being a professional comedian, his drive and singular focus once he made the decision, learning his craft by observing what the best comedians were doing on stage, and not taking “no” as an answer.
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