My comedy career started at the Boston
Comedy Vault on August 17, 2003. Since then, I have appeared on stage over 1,000 times, primarily in the greater
Boston area. I was drawn to do comedy as "one of those change of life things".
Life is full of missed opportunities and the thoughts of "I should have
done that". As one gets older, you realize that it's now or never to do certain things. I was inspired by a number of
comedians throughout my life. I guess I'm old school as my favorites were Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and Johnny Carson. In
recent years, they have been Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno.
Carson had the biggest influence. Throughout my 20's and 30's, I often stayed up late to catch his opening monologue. I was
always impressed by his delivery and focus on news events of the day.
For many years, I entertained thoughts of trying this. One day, while reading the Boston Globe,
I saw an article about open-mics in Boston. I made the call and never stopped from that point.
Doing comedy is analogous to another one of my passions. I have been an avid runner for 51
years. I have completed over 900 road races, including 85 marathons. Comedy and running both allow me to perform on the
Every race and every comedy show
is different from each other. I run many of the same races annually and perform in some of the same clubs, but
it's always different. In comedy, no two shows are the same. The audiences are always different, as well as their response.
It's the same with how I do when I run.
One of my favorite parts of comedy and
running is the feeling I get right before I go on stage or start the race. It's the realization that I only have one
chance and opportunity at this performance. I can never get it back. It's now or never.