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July 2,2009July 2, J

Doing a set

If you had one shot, one opportunity

to seize everthing you ever wanted.....

One Moment

Would you capture it?

or just let it slip?

Eminem - 8 Mile

My comedy career started at the Boston Comedy Vault on August 17, 2003. Since then, I have appeared on  stage over 850 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.

Johnny 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 49 years. I have completed over 800 road races, including 84 marathons. Comedy and running both allow me to perform on the "stage".

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. 

This is me at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the exact spot where Sylvester Stallone filmed his legendary "Rocky" scene. You can see his footprints in the cement.The person who took this photo was an employee of the museum who said they snapped someone's photo every day. It must be a tourist thing. 

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat".

Theodore Roosevelt