Higher Education

Top Ten Ways Academia and Stand-Up Comedy are Secretly the Same Job


10. You basically have to take any paid gig you can get (beggars can’t be choosers!)

9. Unusually high rates of anxiety and depression among your peers

8. Constant pressure to write new material

7. Sometimes you take a long trip just to end up talking to an empty room

6. Audiences are frequently inattentive and sometimes drunk and disruptive

5. You have to work for free to build a reputation and “get your name out there”

4. People immediately take their gripes about you online

3. You’ll probably have to move to get your career started

2. You get to spend years toiling in poverty for a chance to “make it”

1. Statistically, you’re probably not going to “make it”

Previous post

All about religion in schools: Required Readings, 03.21.16

Next post

Explaining Feminism



Dan holds a PhD in Music History from a major Canadian university and is now pursuing a M.Ed in Higher Education at another one, because he likes to collect very expensive paper. He performs stand-up comedy at venues all over Toronto when he's not busy playing JRPGs with his cat, Roy. You can follow him at @incontrariomotu, but he isn't going anywhere. You can also send him a tip on PayPal (paypal.me/dandonnelly) if you like his work!

No Comment

Leave a reply