I write for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and make web videos.
A year ago today I decided to signal to the universe that I was ready for a job in comedy. I had read some pretty inspirational quotes by (no joke) Will Smith about how nothing good happens unless you take risks. So I took a risk and emailed my only freelance client to let them know I was done with programming.
Less than two hours later Nate Dern emailed me and invited me to be part of a writer-performer showcase for Fallon.
I know that the universe doesn’t behave in a consistent way, and that everyone’s experiences are subjective and random, and that there’s danger in taking your own small sliver of experience and deciding that you have Figured Out How It Works. But for me, in my own life, I took what happened that day as, you know - a “sign.”
I don’t think everyone who wants X should rashly drop whatever they have going for them in the hopes that the universe will replace it with X. But some times, at very specific moments, if you get the feeling that now is the time to do something or stop doing something, maybe it’s good to go with that.
The best thing about the Dead Parrot sketch is that the shopkeeper stays calm.