This episode is the result of mistaken identity. Somehow I got it in my head that comedian Mark Schiff was in the room next to my brother’s at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Not only does Mark live in LA and not New York, but he doesn’t have cancer—which would make a short-term residency at MSK odd to say the least. When I saw that Mark appeared on another podcast to promote a book, it triggered a (false) memory so I emailed him a sob story and invited him on the show. He graciously accepted in spite of the fact I had the wrong guy.
Meet Mark Schiff
Mark Schiff is a stand-up comedian who has headlined at comedy clubs nationwide, including all the major casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and toured worldwide with Jerry Seinfeld for twenty-five years. He joined me on Uncorking a Story to chat about his career and book Why Not? Lessons on Comedy, Courage, and Chutzpah.
- Persistence is essential: Mark emphasizes the importance of persistence in various aspects of life, such as pursuing a career in comedy, writing, and publishing. Listeners will learn that success often comes from consistently putting in the effort and not giving up, even in the face of rejection or disappointment.
- About the Book: In “Why Not?” Mark shares his remarkable journey in the world of comedy and beyond. The book explores Mark’s experiences, challenges, and triumphs as he navigates the comedy scene, faces stage fright, and grows his audience size. It also delves into his persistence and perseverance in pursuing his dreams, as he faces rejections and eventually secures a book deal. Ultimately, “Why Not?” aims to inspire readers to embrace courage, pursue their passions, and find their own sense of community and belonging.
- Thick skin is necessary: Building a thick skin is crucial when facing challenges and setbacks. The episode highlights the need for perseverance and resilience in the face of criticism or rejection. Listeners will understand that developing a strong mindset is essential for navigating the ups and downs of creative pursuits.
- Community provides support: The episode emphasizes the significance of community in Mark’s life. Whether it’s the comedy community, fellow writers, or religious community, having a support system plays a vital role in personal and professional growth. Listeners will learn that surrounding themselves with supportive individuals can provide encouragement, inspiration, and a sense of belonging.
- Overcoming challenges is possible: The episode touches on Mark’s tough upbringing and the obstacles faced throughout their life. However, he emphasizes that it is possible to overcome adversity and create a fulfilling life. Listeners will be inspired to persevere through their own challenges, knowing that they have the strength to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
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