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Stand-Up Comedian Chris Distefano's Journey From Physical Therapist to Professional Joke Maker (Podcast)

The Brooklyn-born comic reveals the secret of 'bombing gracefully.'


In a way, every standup comedian is an entrepreneur. Especially when starting out, comics must be their own writer, director, manager, agent and booker.

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Brooklyn-born Chris Distefano -- who burst onto the scene on MTV’s Guy Code -- has now been at it for over 10 years. His first hour-long special, Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist, premiered in January on Comedy Central, and his weekly interstitial series, Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano, was just extended for a new batch of episodes. Additionally, he recently signed an overall deal with the network that includes a second hour-long stand-up special, an animated series and an unscripted series. 

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On this episode of How Success Happens, we explore Distefano’s journey from full-time physical therapist to highly successful comedian. His secret? Credit something he’s dubbed “bombing gracefully.”

Patrick Carone

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Patrick Carone covers all aspects of entrepreneurship, specializing in the automotive, entertainment, hospitality, spirits and cannabis industries.