February 24, 2012

Friday Fun: Comedians

I am constantly fascinated by how much speakers can learn from comedians. They are masters of surprise, timing, storytelling, audience engagement, discipline, preparation, handling pressure, handling failure, taking risks, and many other techniques that speakers need to understand.

Enjoy these 25 posts that reference sitcoms, comedians, and documentaries about comedians and comedy! Some of my favorites are Jerry Seinfeld, Kathy Griffin, Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton and Ricky Gervais. (Most recent posts are at the top.)

Here are a couple to get you started:

What I've learned from Kathy Griffin

Lessons from Seinfeld

What do do when you're bombing

"Every comedian has a f'n excuse. 'It's the candles, it's the smoke. Put these candles out -- I gotta go on.' I make no excuse. I just wasn't good."~ Jerry Seinfeld

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