311 - Todd Barry: Accidental Comedian: How to Stumble Into Your Calling

“It’s weird to do something that you didn’t really plan on doing,” Todd Barry said. He’s a comedian and actor. But he wanted to be a musician. “I didn’t go on stage with the conscious goal of pursuing comedy. In my mind, I still wanted to be in a band,” he said. “And at some point, I think it was like 8 months in where, I was like, ‘I guess I guess I’m doing this.’” I wanted to know what kept him going... It was simple.  “Weirdly, I don’t think I ever said ‘I’m thinking about quitting…’ which I guess is pretty telling.”

Maybe that’s how you find your calling…

By not quitting what you don’t hate, you create skill. And skill becomes love.


Show Notes:

Read Todd's book, "Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: One Comedian's Tour of Not-Quite-the-Biggest Cities in the World"

Listen to Todd’s podcast interview with Judd Apatow  This is one of my favorite jokes from Todd Barry Watch Todd in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld 

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