Whenever I meet new people at comedy shows I often get the same question, “How long have you done comedy”. This warrants an answer of months or years. However, years are a terrible way to measure anything. My answer would be 12 years. Even though I might only do 2 to 5 shows a year although I was much more active in the beginning. They years still go by, despite the low amount of activity. A comedian in a major city could do 5 or more shows a week. That means they can do more shows in a 4 month period than I have done in my life.
I have also known some pretty bad comics. Comics who you know will always be there week after week. The years go by for them just the same. Time has a way of doing that, no matter how good or terrible you are.
Measure people based on the quality of their craft. For some reason, we all need to pay our dues. No need to fight it. There is no shortcut to success. But time alone won’t lead to success.
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