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Funny How Life Works with Michael Jr.

In this episode of The Dad Edge Podcast, we welcome the iconic comedian and author, Michael Jr. to the show. Spreading laughter and positivity to stages like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central, Michael now is on a mission to take it to the next level through his anticipated book Funny How Life Works.

Today, Michael shares with us how he struggled his way to success, the impact of stories to people’s lives, and how to be the most understanding, inspiring, and iconic father you can ever be.

Live life with a punchline in mind.

Michael Jr.

Known as one of today’s most gifted comedians, Michael Jr. brings laughter and understanding to audiences all over the world. Michael got his start performing at the legendary Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach: home of Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show.” This outstanding performance led to Michael Jr. performing at the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal where he became the first comedian to ever appear live via satellite on “The Tonight Show” which catapulted Michael’s career.

Now, Michael Jr. tours the country using comedy to inspire audiences to activate their purpose and live a life fulfilled. His impactful delivery and versatility has landed him on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, TedX Talks and a keynote for Fortune 500 companies.

Michael has spent a significant portion of his career making laughter commonplace in uncommon places such as homeless shelters and prisons, in addition to empowering his audiences with an appearance in Sony Pictures’ feature film War Room as well as a starring roles in Selfie Dad, and MORE THAN FUNNY.

On the home front, Michael is happily married. He and his wife are the proud parents of five beautiful children.

Funny How Life Works

“Michael’s stories, accumulated throughout his own unusual journey, reveal important truths you and I can absorb and apply to make our lives better, and to improve the lives of everyone around us. And of course, you’ll find yourself laughing out loud as you read.” –John Maxwell

Funny How Life Works is a behind-the-scenes look at the life and career of comedian Michael Jr. Infused with the same laugh-out-loud humor and practical wisdom that define his stand-up acts, Michael shares a collection of stories meant to inspire readers to embrace their purpose–their “punchline.”

Michael Jr. proposes that life is more similar to comedy than we know. Rather than assuming that our days are random and obstacles are unfortunate, Michael Jr. encourages readers to strategically embrace each life event as part of a setup, leading to their punchline.

This unique look at life is demonstrated by stories from Michael’s own personal and professional life. From unruly hecklers to an unexpected Tonight Show audition, Funny How Life Works is filled with humor and seasoned with wisdom. It is more than a memoir–it’s a source of inspiration.

What You’ll Learn

Michael’s Upbringing

[12:42]

In high school, Michael woke up early in the morning and walked for an hour to go to school every day. He noticed how his dad talked seldomly.

[13:52]

When Michael started making money, his dad would ask him to pay $250 a month for rent. Michael couldn’t use his money for the things he wanted to buy. At 17, he approached his father that he had enough. His dad laughed at him. He realized that his father did it to set him up to independence.

[14:52]

Michael understood that nothing will be handed to you when you grow up. It’s not about how you earn the money but how you use it. How you use it reflects your character as a person.

Conversation as a Father

[16:61]

Having conversation about sex or anything, Michael’s dad would never approach him explicitly and seriously. Michael recommends to bring up the topic you wanted to talk about while doing other things—segue.

[18:20]

He believes that kids live for our father’s approval but as adults, we live from our father’s approval.

[18:57]

It becomes powerful when you talk to your children thinking they were not listening. If you want to introduce them to someone, during an event or at any point in time, brag what your kids can do. When will you get another opportunity to brag about them? That time will be the time.

Process of Moving On

[21:04]

Michael’s sister died due to carbon monoxide poisoning. She ran away from home with a friend and they went to a house and made a fire without any caution.

[23:00]

Don’t overprocess things that happened to you. Avoid getting to a point where it chains you up to the past. Don’t live from the negativity that happened. Make that event push you to become a stronger person and build resilience.

Dealing with the Pandemic

[29:52]

Michael does stand up comedy and keynote speaking at corporations. He does not want it to be a financial driver, but only makes an appearance when he wants to. He created a course along with his book to use comedy as an avenue to spread the meaning of life.

[31:05]

He learned that laughter is an emotional response, and by attaching learning to it, the information lingers.

Awe-Inspiring Father

[39:04]

Whoever and whenever your dad is, Michael affirms he did the best job he could do. Even if you have not met him thinking he does not care about you, you never know the story behind—his struggles and pain watching you from afar.

The Re-Blame Game

[43:50]

Play a game called The Re-Blame Game. Instead of blaming your father for the negative things they have done, blame the positive. Michael blamed his dad for loving children even if they were not his own. It is something that Michael learned from him.

Marriage Lessons

[52:11]

Michael learned not to expect something in return. You make your other-half happy, not because you expect something. It’s not a debt-debtor relationship. Fill it with joy and fun. If there is an argument, settle it immediately.

[54:08]

When you commit yourself to it and the next time it happens again, you will deal with it instantaneously. Work on it and make that sacrifice.

Michael Jr.’s Links

Website: https://michaeljr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaeljrcomedy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michaeljrcomedy/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/THEMICHAELJRSHOW

Do you want to support him? Be a Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/michaeljr

Order Michael’s book “FUNNY HOW LIFE WORKS” on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3pNsddm

 


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Aaron Kleiber

Grown @%$ Dad with Aaron Kleiber


Being a man, husband, and father can be a challenge, but if we take ourselves too seriously, we forget to stop and enjoy the good moments.

Laughter helps us release tension, cope with adversity, and approach life with a sense of fun. We need humor in our lives now more than ever. That is why today we have a comedian dad on the show!

Aaron Kleiber has been a professional stand-up comedian for 10 years and has just released his Amazon Prime special, Grown @%$ Dad.

Aaron developed his sense of humor as a coping mechanism through a rough childhood. He tells us how comedy has strengthened his ability to deal with people, endure difficult times, and improvise when faced with unexpected adversity. He also talks about how encouraging our kids’ sense of humor will help them be happier, more creative, and resilient.

Lighten up and let some laughter into your family!

Family is what you make it.

Aaron Kleiber

Aaron Kleiber has been entertaining his entire life — from climbing atop his grandmother’s coffee table as a child and being voted class clown in high school, to ‘acting’ in front of a camera and taking the stage at comedy clubs across North America today.Began his entertainment career producing, performing and writing indie films with high school friend Chris Preksta (Echo Torch, Pittbsburgh Dad), garnering multiple film festival appearances and awards. A short stint at Second City, Chicago and the birth of his first daughter, led him to stay in Pittsburgh and try the ‘solo sport’ of stand-up comedy in 2009.

His podcast, with over 190 episodes, ‘Grown Dad Business’ has been streamed over a million times and can be heard on iTunes and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aaron has been a fixture in the city’s booming comedy scene for the last decade; producing and performing hundreds of shows in the area, including the Pittsburgh Improv, selling out multiple headline shows, and Arcade Comedy Theater, where he served as stand-up programmer for 5 years. Also was named “Best Local Comedian” by Pittsburgh Magazine three times.

Aaron continues to work and reside in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and three children.

Grown @%$ Dad

Aaron Kleiber delivers jabs of romanticized parental myths with uppercuts of straight-up dad knowledge. From sun visors and dad nuggs to his no-holds barred take on annoying children’s television and Santa, Aaron’s truths resonate with parents and non-parents alike. He may not know all the answers, but what he does understand is delivered through his special brand of comedic storytelling.

What You’ll Learn

  • Aaron Kleiber didn’t know his biological father.
  • How he frames his relationship with his abusive stepfather
  • Why he hasn’t pursued his real father
  • The people who became father figures in his life
  • Creating his own band of brothers
  • Why Aaron says, “I feel like there is no life without my wife.”
  • How comedy reigns in his household
  • How to keep the family fun all the time
  • Teaching your kids the proper way to serve fart jokes
  • Watching your kid’s personality develop and influence their unique sense of humor
  • How comedy keeps you emotionally on your toes as a dad
  • Why Aaron and his wife don’t hide their feelings from their kids
  • Dealing with being out of work during the pandemic
  • How difficult the comedy business is
  • How to pivot when unexpected adversity strikes
  • How to deal with the hecklers in your life
  • Having the tools to fight when you’re back into a corner
  • Learning to deal with different people and personalities
  • Turning frustration into comedy
  • Aaron’s OCD Dad-vision
  • His goal to make really good human beings
  • The gift of not needing much to be happy
  • Aaron Kleiber’s motto, “Be Kind, Be Funny”

 

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Modern Rites of Passage for Today’s Boys

Creating a Rite of Passage Experience for Your Son

The Cool, Calm, and Connected Family with Arlene Pellicane

 


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Justin Worsham

The Crap My Dad Says with Justin Worsham – GDP025

Episode Overview:

“Don’t take life too seriously…you will never get out alive.” – Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder – 2002)

About Justin Worsham

Justin Worsham is a family man and professional comedian from Modesto, CA. His three albums, “I’m a Good Husband,” “Paternally Challenged,” and “I Love My Kids…I Swear” are featured on Blue Collar Radio on SiriusXM. Justin has also been seen on Comic Without Borders with Russell Peters on Showtime and Played Jimmy Kimmel in Not Another Celebrity Movie. Justin also host a comedy podcast for Dads called “The Dad Podcast” that is featured as one of Stitcher’s Top Parenting podcasts and another podcast for CBS Play.It Network, “Justin is Married Booker is Single.” In addition to his stand up and shows he works as a Voice Over Actor and Producer at KFI 640AM for iHeart Media. He now makes his home in Burbank, CA with his High School sweetheart and their two boys.

Check him out at www.JustinComedy.com

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover how taking things too seriously can make our journey as a dad unbearable at times

  • Learn how to find the humor in a chaotic situation

  • Comedy can truly improve our journey as father

  • Fatherhood is not perfection

Raising young kids can seem like a house full of drunks

If you think about everyday fatherhood, there are so many situations where we can find humor.  For instance, I have three boys (Ethan 9, Mason 7, and Lawson 20 months).  My wife and I joke at times that raising young boys can sometimes feel like a house full of drunk fraternity brothers.  For example, someone at some point is always missing a shoe.  Someone at some point is always hungry for pancakes late at night.  Someone at some point doesn’t have pants on.  To top it all off, there isn’t a day that goes by where someone isn’t farting in someone’s face and laughing hysterically.  Finally, the way kids can sometimes bluntly announce their state of being:” I WANT CRACKERS!  I’M THIRSTY!!”

Parenting doesn’t have to be all sunshine and rainbows

One of the coolest takeaways from this episode is Justin’s view on how messy and crazy parenting can be at times.  However, on the exterior, we all want to demonstrate that our personal world of parenting doesn’t ever drive us crazy at times.  The reality is parenting is rewarding.  However, there are times where we feel challenged, annoyed, and absolutely defeated.  It’s in those times of annoyance and defeat, we can step outside ourselves and try and find the humor in any situation.  For example, have you ever just listened to your little kids talking to each other in the backseat while you are driving?  Usually the conversation is about farts, poop, burps, boogers…you name it.  While at times hearing that stuff is so annoying and it can be like nails down a chalkboard, you have to admit, there is definitely humor there.  Again…”little drunk people.”

You can use your humor to raise your kids

Life is going to throw even the best parents some crazy curveballs.  For the most part, we can take life and stress so seriously.  Having that mentality is a recipe for disaster.  Justin shares one of the best ways to lighten a serious situation is to simply cracking a joke about it.  At times, it’s better to crack a joke when our buttons are pushed instead of reacting in a negative way.  For example, Justin shared a story with us about a time when he blew out his father’s speakers when he was five years old.  Instead of his dad yelling, screaming, or spanking him; his dad simply said, “You know, you actually had an older brother and sister who did the same thing…you have never met them because I killed them.  So, keep that in mind.”  As crazy you think that comment might be, think of how that comment probably lightened the situation.  Justin’s dad could have reacted in a very negative way.  Spanking, yelling, screaming, etc. could have been the result.

“Think about farts when you are taking a bath!” – Justin Worsham

There are several times throughout the day where our patience is tested with our kids because we need them to do something (whatever that something is) and they have a different agenda.  If we mess with their agenda, we tend to get a pretty upset reaction!  At times, when our kids get upset, we get upset.  When we get upset (yell, scream, and react) we can actually make the situation worse.

However, if we take a different approach and distract them from their behavior, we will usually get a very different reaction when we mess with our kid’s agenda.  For you to really get where I am going with this, check out the audio portion of the show around minute 42:00.  Justin explains this whole situation way better than I can describe it here.

“Don’t take your parenting journey too seriously…you will never get out alive” – Larry Hagner

Justin Worsham Links:

  • Justin’s Website:  www.TheDadPodcast.com

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  • Twitter Link:  @DadPodcast

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