How Being a Comedian Teaches You Product Management

There’s a surprising level of overlap between selling out stadiums and selling out subscriptions

Timing

As a comedian, you learn how to time your jokes, set people up for a punch line, and deliver exactly what delights the audience in an unexpected way.

Risk-taking

As a comedian, you may push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. It’s hard to get an ab-inducing laugh from something that you hear every day. The gold comes in thinking of everyday things in a new way or in discussing what isn’t an everyday topic.

Iteration

All the best comedians will tell you that they tweak every joke, trying it night after night; they may change the tone, the setup, a single word in the punchline, the accompanying story, or switch out the entire joke for an entirely different one.

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