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THE ONE SECRET FOR DOING A TED TALK (OR ANY TALK)

Humor kills cancer. One story I read: a woman got diagnosed with terminal cancer. Decided to watch one comedy movie a day. A year later she was cancer-free. 

This is not to say, don't do all the other garbage doctors tell you. I'm just saying I read it on the Internet. 

Another thing: the women I've been most attracted to always made me laugh. One girl constantly insulted me but the insults were so quick and funny I couldn't help being attracted to her. 

But she was a mean person to everyone and somehow people could just tell. One time we were just walking in the street and a homeless guy walked right up to her and spit in her face. 

"Holy shit!" she said, "go after him!". But there was no chance that was happening and she broke up with me. 

I've already written that before I give a talk I listen to standup comedy. I figure it triggers the mirror neurons in my brain and helps me to relax, observe and maybe mimic how they work their voices and bodies, and helps me to connect better with the audience. 

Several people have asked me about my just-released TED talk (found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmndCPvXiik ) and what comedy I watched. 

Before this talk I was so scared I think i was even crying to Claudia. I felt like everyone at the event was more interesting than me. 
So I probably watched 48 straight hours of comedy. 

Most comedians are absurd. Not absurd in the sense that everything they say is ridiculous.

Here's the trick: they take you to this point we can all emotionally relate to. And then they blow it to smithereens. Once you can relate to them, you're along for the ride. 

So this is exactly what I listened to over and over again before giving the talk. 

Andy Samberg's Harvard commencement speech: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN_K-UIREYA

I don't think he makes sense for even one second during the entire speech. Which means he totally goes for it. He's committed to the end to stay in character no matter how confused the audience is. 

How often do we commit to something and then at the first point where it feels uncomfortable, we back out of it. I know for me, it takes seconds. I like how Samberg takes it through the whole speech. 

Bo Burnham's "what." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejc5zic4q2A

I have to admit, the above clip makes me jealous when I watch it. I wish when was in my 20s I had had 1/10 the talent Bo has. The whole clip is good but the last ten minutes I was like (starting at 52:40): Oh my god, how did he come up with that?

116 videos of Amy Schumer doing standup. She might be the funniest person alive: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wvxoiNV2iA&list=PL6ssIWHAUyeC6MYJJApjwrnNh4aME2DOR

Marina Franklin doing standup. 

She has this beautiful innocence about her. And then BAM! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaFvb46BUH8

Plus, you can find her on my podcast. 

There's so much good Louis CK stuff that I can't pick. Just watch anything Louis CK. 

Here's a recent SNL monologue he did: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VnAKGFo-rM

Anthony Jeselnik: I like how he connects with the audience just when you think they should be hating him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoorEIjAx0I

Daniel Tosh. Daniel Tosh is the reason I stopped using powerpoint in my talks. Because you can compare how funny he is between his standup and his show Tosh.0 where he has youtube videos as sort of props. 

I then read later that powerpoints use a different part of the brain and that using them in a talk forces the brain to over-work. 

Anyway, here's Tosh doing standup: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjCAE5c2mdc

I just finished reading "Food" by Jim Gaffigan. I begged his managers or whoever to see if he could come on my podcast. They said "no".  That's ok. Louis CK said "no" also. And Jim is up there with Louis CK for excellent standup: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZxqLQUkozk

Jimmy Fallon is changing late-night TV.  There's no way I can keep up with that sort of energy. But I love his SNL audition reel and the sheer talent he shows: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H39EOWMw1TA

And then it's hard to believe that a clip from C-Span makes the list but I love how Seth Rogen injects humor into an incredibly serious issue in a congressional hearing: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHqx3-mfHAY

I also read funny: Kurt Vonnegut, Simon Rich, Tina Fey, Douglas Adams, Miranda July. 

I will tell you what did not work: watching a ton of TED videos, which I did. It just scared me. And reading all the books about how to talk at a TED talk. I'm not really a professional speaker. 

I have things that I believe in and want to express because I think it helps others. I use comedy as a way to squeeze a message inside a bottle of entertainment. 

When I hear people laugh, it makes me feel good. It was like I was attracted to the whole audience. I loved them. And I wanted them to love me back. I lasted 12 minutes. 

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Yay! My TEDx talk just released. 

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It's amazing how much Tony Robbins and I tower over Claudia. :) 

At his house in Florida to do a podcast. 
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DILBERT AND ME

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, sat down with me for "The James Altucher Show". I was really excited because I've been a huge fan of Dilbert for 20 years and what, of course, really made me excited was that he told me he was a fan of my writing.

We talked about failure, success, and the bridge in between. But what was really fun for me was the question I had for him at the end, which I'll end up writing about in a separate post I think. I asked him to think of more than 3 issues where, if you present both sides equally, then both sides are guaranteed to hate you.
I hope you listen to this podcast because I think it's one of my funnest and most useful for finding success.

http://askaltucher.com/dilbert/

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Seth Godin is my latest guest on "The James Altucher Show". I hope you listen because I've been really inspired by my guests. The show, because of what the guests have said, has changed my life: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-james-altucher-show/id794030859?mt=2

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Please read this and avoid all the BS

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