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Six Kids, A Full Time Job & No Excuses [EP. 143]

This week I sit down with Shawn Reynolds to discuss how you have to find a way to perform no matter what. He knows, with a house full of kids and running his own retail store - time is precious. No excuses, just jokes and persistence will get the job done.

Comedian Shawn Reynolds

Thanks to this week's Patreon Sponsor Al Smith and the Clean Comedy Challenge!

We cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Meeting at Comedy Off Broadway in Lexington, KY
  • His "Stand-Up For Kentucky" fundraisers
  • Managing 6 kids (ages 17, 15, 12, 8, 8 & 1) and running a business
  • How there is no full time success with part time effort
  • How learning comedy is like becoming a doctor
  • What Apollo Creed taught Shawn about comedy
  • Performing clean comedy in tough rooms
  • What a cry room at church actually is and why a comic could use one
  • What a story about swimming taught Rik about perseverance
  • Advice I got from Jeff Gilstrap, former owner of Comedy Off Broadway
  • How a supportive wife can make all the difference
  • How advice from your friends can go either way
  • How he is the second most famous Shawn Reynolds in his own house
  • Why the early part of a show can be like throwing darts
  • How to endear yourself to the audience
  • Turning down shows that aren't right
  • Finding out where your comedy should take you
  • Raising money for others through comedy

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