It's hard to be a night owl. As early as I can remember, I have been a night person. When I was a kid, I hated going to bed early and felt like I was missing out, especially since everyone else was still awake. My parents let me stay up late in grade school and middle school to watch the opening monologue of the Tonight Show (maybe why I love talk shows). Staying up till 10:45 is pretty late for a child, I guess.
When I was in college, I could not get up for classes before 11 and always picked the later classes, even if it was a class I really wanted because I could not wake up in time. The only classes I ever missed in law school was the early ones and, its no surprise, my lowest grades were always in early classes. Even in high school I just could not wake up early.
As a lawyer, I would go directly to court instead of going to the office before to get that extra 30 minutes of sleep in the AM. When I was moonlighting as a comedian, I would always ask the Court for later slots, when possible for return court dates, again to avoid having to wake up. I even turned down a lucrative law firm job because they had "mandatory" Wednesday morning meetings at 8am. I am convinced that I would still be a practicing lawyer if I didn't have to wake up for Court calls in the morning.
Comedy life has helped me lean into my night owl tendencies, so I can work after my shows. Ideally, I would love to go back to radio and have a midnight show, but until then, I have started a new podcast called "Why Are you Awake" where I talk to other people who are night owls or used to be night owls. It is a fun journey and I hope you will join me. The first episode will be released next week so if you can do me a favor and go subscribe where you podcast or subscribe to my youtube page, you will be notified when it is released. Look forward to sharing this with you all.
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Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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