Pam Bruno has done comedy for decades, and much more. Right as she was starting her one-woman show, Covid broke the rhythm of a performer’s life, and she struggles to find it again. She found a creative outlet as an author, and turned cartoons she’d always been drawing into a charming book called Why Wait? Laugh Now! We also talk no regrets, transcendental meditation, and the famous summer of ’69.
A live, festival edition of the show with two amazing comics and a tipsy Daniel! AJ Finney & Ben Kronberg headline all over the country, and we’re lucky they are based here in Colorado. Both embody a wandering spirit and their third eyes are wide open. These experienced comics have lived through many of the themes we talk about on this podcast, and maybe even figured some out. Recorded live at the Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival in Trinidad, CO.
Jake Lloyd Bacon wanted to do everything, and is. Stand-up was on the list somewhere after musician, actor and filmmaker, but no less important. Does having too many passions prevent you from excelling at one, or does it enrich everything you do? Topics include: balancing passions, name changes, never finding your clique, moving for love vs career, being sober in comedy, and his feature film, Pinch.
Jean Antoine doesn’t regret leaving stand-up, but still wonders what might have been. He made tough choices about sustainability, family, and his future. As time goes by, stand-up comedy becomes just another thing you can do, but it never leaves you alone. The itch to go back to comedy is strong, and even though Jean said this interview was therapeutic, it also made that comedy itch scream out for a scratch.
“How do I use stand-up to get myself out of it?” After understanding what success in stand-up looks like, Delanie Fischer realized she wanted something different. Despite feeling one foot in and one foot out of comedy, she continued growing until she created a way offstage. This led to new podcasts, business ventures and a better-fitting lifestyle. Comedy can be a stepping stone to something completely unexpected.
Also check out the pod’s new look! Maybe it will last another 10 episodes before I find a reason to change it.
After 20 years in the Denver scene, Dick Black has watched it grow and change just as much as his own life. After weathering personal struggles and rebuilding bridges he’s burned, a huge conflict in the Denver scene led to Dick avoiding comedy altogether. Sometimes you can feel like a stranger in the scene you helped create.
Thanks for listen-watching. As Dick said, “take care of your mental health.”