Last week marked 10 years of stand up comedy for me. When I was younger, stand up comedy was not on my radar as a hobby, let alone a career. Six years ago, my best friend Colby Payne came to see me at Laugh Factory Las Vegas and as we walked down the Vegas Strip, my name and video appeared on a billboard. It was surreal.
This past year has been filled with surprises, but one thing this COVID break (I call it a break like its a holiday!) has taught me was that planning ahead and playing it safe is not the road for me. I always hated answering the “where do you see yourself in 5 years” question. Five years ago, I was just thinking about quitting law to focus on comedy. Ten years ago, I was a partner at a law firm I co-founded.
And while a lot of my plans were decimated by COVID, I am starting to pick up where I left off. This month, I have already headlined more shows than I did in any single month prior, and its only 12 days in. There have been pitfalls as well, with certain opportunities gone but new projects are in the works.
When David Bowie died, I wanted to get a tattoo of his quote which is “I don’t know where I am going from here, but I know it won’t be boring.” Let's hope so.
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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