What happens when headliners become "too famous" and lose connection to the audience that got them famous in the first place? Joe Klocek has some great stories to kick off the new year to not become that cautionary tale. Stay Humble Stay Grateful...or at least try.
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Joe is a square peg in a round hole sort of guy. He was raised a midwesterner, so he has manners, but he has been living in San Francisco for 20 years, so he thinks he’s better than you. Joe does two things GREAT! He tells stories and he talks to the crowd. Asked how he got into comedy his response was: ” I’ve been a comedian for 20 years now. It was a complete accident that I got into stand-up. A girlfriend had cheated on me. I was devastated. When I was encouraged to talk about my feelings people laughed. I was working at a restaurant and a waiter there was doing stand-up. He suggested I go to an open mic night – I did. Got laughs when I talked about my heartbreak and the rest is history.” Asked if he finds inspiration in other comics, he says,”These days it’s about blazing my own trail rather than emulating those who came before me. It’s weird to say that out loud because it could be confused with arrogance but I feel like after 20 years I’m not looking at other comics for inspiration anymore. I am trying to break into that next creative level and that doesn’t come by looking at others. It comes with looking inside.”