Don’t be so full of yourself.
You’re as ridiculous or more so than the thing you find the most ridiculous.
Work begets work. Work hard.
I had the pleasure to interview comedian Tony V. Tony has been a Human for many years, a Comedian for a few years shorter than that. His personal accomplishments include waking up daily; breathing; and remembering how absurd life actually is. Professional achievements are about the same. Tony has appeared on TV, (Conan O’Brien, Seinfeld, Brotherhood) and in the Movies (The Town The Heat, I feel Pretty , State and Main and World’s greatest Dad) amongst others. Check his IMDB page if you’d like but that’s your call.
Thank you so much for joining us Tony! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
A series of mistakes and bad decisions led me down the path to Stand-Up Comedy. Continuing to make the same mistakes keeps me on that path.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
In the late 80’s/early 90’s I was, for 4 years, “The American Tourister Luggage Gorilla.” I traveled the world smashing luggage to prove how tough it was.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I once went to “ Star Search” audition pretending I thought it was for “Star Trek.” Lesson learned; Don’t waste your’s or other peoples’ time. Someone else could have used that time, and the gig. In short; don’t be a punk.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
This album, “The Best of Boston”. “Best of Boston” has got me really jazzed. I also have a few movie rolls coming up, and some podcasts which keep me bus;. @twoBostonguys, @Realestatehouseparty and @duelingcomedians.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I once had pizza with David Bowie. I helped buy dinner for the struggling “Nirvana.” I did a movie with Robin Williams. All of this happened because of my long-time friend Bobcat Goldthwait — one of the nicest, coolest people on the planet.
Well — not THE coolest. The coolest guy I ever met was a guy that made breakfast sandwiches on the island of St. John. One day, he made me have my sandwich on toast, simply because he didn’t feel like dealing with the rolls. That’s a man who’s dialed in.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
- Stay positive! It’s a tough business, and it will eat you up if you let it.
- Don’t concern yourself with what others are doing.
- Work on yourself.
- Hydrate; it’s the key to everything.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
When driving, learn to merge.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. Don’t be so full of yourself.
2. You’re as ridiculous or more so than the thing you find the most ridiculous.
3. Work begets work. Work hard.
4. Deep breaths!
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Could you not stand there?” — said by every employee of every Comedy club I have ever worked in.
Find the place you belong and “Stand There,” and don’t let anyone move you for any reason.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
The aforementioned Bobcat Goldthwait. We have been friends for longer than both of us care to mention. He’s smart, funny, a loyal friend, a great dad, and uncompromising. We can all learn from everyone of those attributes.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)
Bruce Springsteen! I have been a fan since the first word I ever heard him sing. His music helped keep me alive in my youth, it continues to inspire me. His work ethic has been a model for me. And as far as I can tell, he’s the best thing about New Jersey. “The highway’s jammed with Broken Heroes….” Indeed.
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Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!