HBP007 – James Mullinger – Don’t Wait for Permission

Don’t wait for Permission with James Mullinger

James MullingerBritish comedian and now New Brunswick’s own James Mullinger is one of the top stand ups in the UK as well as the Comedy Editor for GQ Magazine. Since moving to Canada in February 2014 he has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Solo Show and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show. He has sold out the Imperial Theatre twice, appeared on CBC many times, produced three seasons of his own television series which follows him travelling around Canada performing comedy shows and headlined Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs all over the country. A big budget movie has been made about his life (starring actors from Twilight, Downton Abbey and Notting Hill and comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Mike Ward, Derek Seguin, Gilbert Gottfried and Pete Zedlacher) which will be in English cinemas this summer. He is doing a big tour with Nikki Payne at the end of this year.  And on 28th April he is playing the biggest show of his life at Harbour Station arena in Saint John. Tickets here!

In this episode James Mullinger tells us about…

  • How he went from the shy kid in class to a Stand-Up Comic
  • Making the most out of opportunities that are given to you
  • Having confidence when promoting your art
  • Establishing deadlines and doing what is necessary to make them a success
  • Thinking big in a small place like New-Brunswick Canada
  • The importance of making a task list to keep productive
  • How even top performers still need to hustle and work for their opportunities
  • That no one will give you permission and how you can make your own opportunities
  • The importance of dictating the dialog surrounding your brand

Books and resources discussed in the episode

Music and Life – Alan Watts

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life – Steve Martin

Frank Skinner – Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner on the Road: Love, Stand-up Comedy and The Queen Of The Night – Frank Skinner

As always feel free to leave your questions and comments

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