Volume 1,

#26: Mindset Lessons From Standup Comedy with Jamarr Johnson

December 23, 2012

In Episode #10 of Seth Godin’s Startup School, he talks about the challenges of being a standup comedian, and how it’s exactly the same as what an entrepreneur goes through. Coincidentally, one of our listeners Jamarr Johnson works in New York as a comedian, actor, singer, writer, artist, and handyman. I got him on the show to draw some parallels between his experience and entrepreneurs just starting their E-Commerce stores.

Topics Discussed:

  • 03:00 – Background of Jamarr
  • 07:30 – How the comedy industry works
  • 09:40 – How do comedians create content
  • 12:00 – Split testing your content
  • 13:30 – Tweaking your value proposition as a comedian
  • 14:50 – What happens when your jokes don’t work
  • 18:47 – Write for one person, not a million people
  • 20:45 – Niching down in the comedy business
  • 23:30 – Finding your own voice in comedy
  • 27:45 – Dealing with haters and hecklers
  • 30:00 – Turning haters into your biggest fans
  • 32:50 – Dealing with nervousness on stage
  • 34:45 – A comedian’s content creation process
  • 36:00 – Different niches within the comedy industry
  • 37:45 – Working with other comedians like guest blogging
  • 39:08 – Imitation of Barack Obama
  • 39:55 – Getting comfortable putting yourself out there
  • 41:20 – The best pickup line in history

 

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Episode Length: 44:31

 

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