This week, our guest is a seasoned entrepreneur with an intriguing journey spanning across various industries—the man behind the laugh, Scott Edwards. We talked about how he started his journey at the age of 17 with a small construction company. And, later transitioned to entertainment as a DJ and opened the 12th full-time comedy club in America by age 24. Listen as we dive into the art form of stand-up comedy, which reveals fascinating insights about creativity, determination, and adaptability. From honing material to understanding audience responses, these aspects are not just crucial in comedy but translate well into many professional scenarios. His story serves as a reminder that resilience in the face of ups and downs is integral to entrepreneurial success.
Tune in to hear more of his story about how success doesn’t require wealth but hard work, focus, and a passion for excellent customer service.
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In This Episode:
- The Journey Begins
- Embracing Entrepreneurship
- Riding the Waves of Business
- Customer Service – The Key to Success
- Starting Small, Dreaming Big
- From Alabama to California
- Recognizing Progress Over Prejudices
- Comedy Club Chronicles
- Lessons from Laughter
“I figured this out. I make my employees happy. If I make my employees happy, they’ll make the customer happy. If all you do is make the customer happy, you will make your employee’s lives hell. But if you make your employees happy, they will make the customer happy.” ~ Scott Edwards
“I think that one of the reasons I’ve started so many companies is that once I’ve found success in one, the thrill of building it and creating it wasn’t there. And I was looking for my next adventure.” ~ Scott Edwards
“They don’t understand what it took; you know, it’s so great ’cause you always hear about the overnight success. And they don’t realize there were years of driving around in your car, sleeping in your car, working gigs, and, you know, little to no money.” ~ Scott Edwards
“But imagine all the others. 98% of the people who want to get into standup comedy or show business have to work because it’s not natural for everybody. In fact, the fear of public speaking is the number one fear in humanity, more than the fear of death. That’s why I respect the industry and why I love the art form. It’s not enough that you have to get up on stage in front of a bunch of strangers, but then you have to write material and be creative, and it’s all just you.” ~ Scott Edwards
“For some reason, the audience has gotten a really thin skin. They forgot how to laugh at themselves. We’re all human beings. We all have Piccadilly, and sometimes comedy is pointing those Piccadillys out that we all share.” ~ Scott Edwards
“I think that the public is tired of the oversensitivity, and to be honest, I think we’re healthier as humans if we can laugh at ourselves.” ~ Scott Edwards
Scott Edwards has established more than a dozen companies during his remarkable career journey. His ventures have spanned diverse industries, ranging from a humble construction company to the ownership of unique establishments like a Submarine and Beach Shack and even a foray into the world of Disco production. With an enduring passion for comedy, Scott channeled his enthusiasm into producing a wide array of entertainment, including Live Comedy Shows, TV Series, and Concerts. It wasn’t long before he ventured into the realm of comedy club ownership, ultimately founding his inaugural club, Laughs Unlimited. Through unwavering dedication and ingenuity, he successfully transformed Laughs Unlimited into a thriving chain of comedy clubs that stands as a testament to his entrepreneurial acumen.
Scott’s extensive career has afforded him the privilege of collaborating with some of the most iconic figures in the comedy world, including luminaries such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, and Dana Carvey. His wealth of experience and industry connections continue to shape his enduring legacy in the realm of entertainment.
Guest’s Contact Info:
You can find him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sactotalent/
Scott’s Website: https://scottscomedystuff.com/
Scott’s Podcast: https://standupcomedyyourhostandmc.com/podcast-show-player