The Price of a Good Laugh with Mat Alano-Martin

One of the great things about entrepreneurs is that they come in just about any category you can imagine. No matter what topic you name, you can bet there’s a business owner who’s mastered it.

Take money for instance. Jeff Bezos is an incredibly rich guy, but at the other end of the spectrum, a homeless person is somewhere doing the best they can with the cards they were dealt. And when it comes to personality, you don’t find many people as introverted as Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, but celebrities like Joe Rogan and Dwayne Johnson could probably talk to a fish for eight hours.

Some people have personalities so big they’re impossible to ignore, while others are so small they’re practically invisible. The same thing applies to how much money you have– from an overflowing bank account to a sockful of change hidden under the couch.  Anyone can be an entrepreneur.

But the path to success in some fields is a tiny trail up the side of a steep mountain.  And today’s guest decided to take one of those. Mat Alano-Martin’s took the rugged entrepreneurial trail toward success in the comedy business, but he actually found when he was looking for something else– a career in music.

Ten years ago, Alano-Martin was a singer-songwriter who performed under the name of Sam Lowry. The songs he played were heavy and sad, so he started bantering whimsically with the audience to lighten the mood a bit. At some point, he realized that people like the banter more than his music, so he refined his act and started doing comedy bits at open mic nights. Everything started snowballing from there.

As always, we’re glad you joined us.

 

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • What inspired Mat as a kid (7:00)
  • How audiences react (12:00)
  • The power of comedy (18:00)
  • How to put together a set (22:30)
  • When to scrap a joke (27:00)
  • Lessons learned in the comedy business (34:00)
  • Advice for getting started in comedy (43:00)

 

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Special thanks to Mat Alano-Martin for taking the time to share his story with us. 

 

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