The Value of Value

My favorite part: “Value has a value only if its value is valued.”  … Read more


Why “Work/Life Balance” Sucks

As a comedian, specificity of language is very important.  Changing one word can turn a joke from “sorta funny” to hilarious.  But words also express their intent, which is why I’ve recently realized how little I like the phrase “work/life balance.”  It suggests two things: Work is more important than life (it comes first), and… Read more

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Life Lessons from Improv Wisdom

Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up, by Patricia Ryan Madson, is a great read that translates the powerful concepts of improv into life lessons from which everyone can benefit. At only 159 pages, Patricia is able to concisely cover the 12 Maxims of Improv and how they can improve your life and career. Rather… Read more

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Improv Wisdom

Improv Wisdom, by Patricia Ryan Madson, is one of my favorite books on the use of improv for non-performance. The book focuses not on the act of improv, but on the life lessons learned from the art and the change it can effect. To me, it answers the question for performers and non-performers alike, “why… Read more


Life Lessons Learned from Watchmen

what to learn from watchmen

With the release of Watchmen this weekend comes a lot of hype and anticipation for the graphic novel turned movie.  The graphic novel, originally published as a series in 1986-87, has long been heralded as the best novel of its kind.  Time Magazine even listed it as one of the 100 Best Novels. I recently… Read more