I have always loved driving. I remember not being able to sleep the night before I was going to get my license. Even before that, my dad would teach em to drive around the block when I was 13 and I even took the car out without a license when I was 14 only to be apprehended (but not charged) at 1am by the Oak Brook police department. In high school, I used to drive around aimlessly listening to mixtapes I made for the sole purpose of driving. Gas was cheap and I had all the time in the world.
When I could afford a parking spot downtown, I would drive to work as a lawyer in lieu of public transportation. I liked the freedom of controlling when I could get to work or court as opposed to being late with the bus or el.
Driving is a part of comedy as a road comic. If a gig is less than 7 hours away, I will most definitely be driving. Eight hours is where I need to make a decision or perhaps book other shows to make it a mini-tour. I love to catch up on podcasts, call and just listen to music. I also find the peace of driving helpful with writing. I will listen to my sets and come up with tags or re-wordings while also coming up with new ideas and premises. Part of the reason I could never live in NYC is the fact that I would not be able to drive anymore. #drive #standup #comedy #formerlawyer #blog
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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