Jan McInnis – The Work Lady®

Comedy Wisdom

Comedy Advice I’ve Learned The Hard Way – Part 3

–By Jan McInnis, Comedian and Keynote Speaker

What I learned: Use your time at the bottom to get good. Whether you’re emceeing, going to school, or starting on your second career, the bottom is a great learning/bettering yourself ground because there’s no pressure . . . okay, financial pressure, but that’s why they invented ramen noodles!

I don’t hire women comics.” This was written in a letter to me, sadly, by a woman club owner! If I worked at a “regular” job, I’d be sipping margaritas on a beach in the Caribbean with the money from the lawsuit right now. But alas, comedy has different rules that you must follow if you intend to work in this tight-knit community. I did end up working her clubs because I asked her why. It turns out that she didn’t use female comedians because the comedians have to share a hotel room, and she wouldn’t book two women for the same show (another issue for later!) so I’d have to share with a guy. I told her I had friends in the area that I could stay with – problem solved. I got work.

What I learned. Don’t take something at face value. Some people are just bad communicators, so you have to dig a little deeper to find out what they really mean, and maybe it’s not what you thought it was.

Yes I’ve heard all the weird, whacky and wonderful advice there is, and know there’ll be more before this ride ends. So next time you hear some bad advice, take a minute to give it some “thinkin’” and see if maybe there’s a gem of wisdom in there after all!


About the Author – Jan McInnis is a keynote speaker, comedian and comedy writer who has shared her customized humor keynotes with thousands of associations and corporations. She is also the author of “Finding the Funny FAST; How To Create Quick Humor To Connect With Clients, Coworkers And Crowds,” and  “Convention Comedian: Stories and Wisdom From Two Decades of Chicken Dinners and Comedy Clubs.”Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Huffington Post for her clean humor. From a recent client: “Our group really enjoyed the (communications) presentation and the chance to laugh – sometimes at ourselves.  I think Jan highlighted so many great ways to fit humor into our jobs that we often don’t consider (and) some very effective strategies for using humor in appropriate ways as professionals.”