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EP 193: Scott Edwards (autogenerated)

Dane Reis: [00:00:00] You booked it episode 193. Okay. Let’s get this started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Scott Edwards. Are you ready for the Scott? 

[00:00:16]Scott Edwards: [00:00:16] Oh, I am so excited Dane To be here. Thank you. 

[00:00:20] Dane Reis: [00:00:20] I do it. Scott has been on the fringe of show business for over 40 plus years. Producing nightclubs shows, concerts, television, and hundreds of special events he has worked with and help develop talents like Paula Poundstone, Dana Carvey, Yakov, Smirnoff, and hundreds of other comedians, the famous and not so famous as a business entrepreneur, Scott has opened it over a year.

[00:00:45] Dozen companies in his lifetime from a small construction company and chain of comedy clubs slash restaurants to owning a submarine and a beach shack. As a producer of comedy events, he has created live shows, TV series concerts, and the man behind. The laughter Scott, that is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, fill in the gaps and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.

[00:01:15] Scott Edwards: [00:01:15] Oh , well, thanks for asking Dane. It’s been really a crazy ride , uh, as your intro, by the way. Great job on that. Uh, alluded. I started off as a young entrepreneur. My first company was a small construction company. I was 17 , uh, right after that, when I was 19 and this’ll age me, I was doing , uh, spinning records for a portable DJ service.

[00:01:35] We were , uh, doing disco before the movie. Saturday night fever came out. And , um, then in, when I was 24, I opened up my first comedy club. It grew to a chain of three comedy clubs, two restaurants, and a couple of art galleries. And then even during those years, I always had an itch to do new things. Um, and that’s what I got involved in a submarine that we ran out of Monterey California.

[00:02:02] And I actually owned a beach shack for over five years and the big Island of Hawaii. So it’s been a very diverse career, but to your question , uh, when I got into comedy , um, I was raised with a great sense of humor and appreciation for the art form through my father. And I was literally selling life insurance when I was 23 years old and hated it.

[00:02:24]And I went on a quick vacation with a then girlfriend, soon to be wife, soon to be ex-wife down to , uh, Los Angeles. And I dropped into this satellite room of the comedy store  , um, right near the university, UCLA and I had my first experience with stand up comedy. I happened to see Sandra Bernhardt and Dave  that night.

[00:02:47] And as I drove home, I said, man, Sacramento needs this. I want to do this and I quit my job. I went bankrupt, which was crazy. Cause I wrote off like $2,800, but I didn’t know what I was doing. And I wheeled and dealed and got myself in an August of 1980. Opened up my , uh, first comedy room and the opening act for that show was Gary Shandling.

[00:03:14] It was his first gig outside of his hometown at Phoenix, Arizona. He made about $200 for the week and was the opening act. And the headliner was , uh, already a big star in your old hometown of Vegas. George Wallace.

[00:03:28]Dane Reis: [00:03:28] really 

[00:03:29]Scott Edwards: [00:03:29] Yeah. Uh, he, he introduced me , uh, and Gary Shanley introduced me to , uh,Bob Saget and Jerry Seinfeld and these people, and we got to work together and I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I’m not afraid to ask. And a lot of these comics, I would ask them, you know, what should the pay scale be? Um, what are audiences looking for?

[00:03:50] What are the comics looking for? And the comics help create my business. And I think that’s why I had a very popular club for comics to play because we really respected

[00:04:03] the entertainers and treated them right.

[00:04:05]Dane Reis: [00:04:05] Oh, that’s so good. And I like how you said, I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I had to ask and that’s so important. Right. And I think sometimes we get in our heads about. Whether or not, we know all the things we always want to elude to the fact that we know more than we do. Right. Cause we don’t want to seem silly maybe, but ultimately we all have to learn things at some point.

[00:04:26]Right. So ask the question and what I always find about asking questions is that people are much more receptive and open to helping you out. Then you might initially perceive

[00:04:38]Scott Edwards: [00:04:38] I think that’s so true. Dane, a lot of people are afraid to ask the questions and I’m an, a personality. And I learned actually from that very first company, when I was, I started a little construction company. I was actually a night maintenance guy for a small motel, not a very glorious job. I was cleaning toilets and fixing TVs, mopping floors.

[00:05:02] And I was in the bar and I overheard these two guys. And again, I was about 17 , uh, 16, 17 , uh, talking about, they have this hobby where they were , uh, Painting the lines and parking lots on weekends and picking up a couple hundred bucks and. Um, I took that idea and flew with it and I went to visit other professional striping companies.

[00:05:23] And I just walk up and ask the owner, say, Hey, this is something I’d like to do. How’d you get started? What do you think? What do you charge? And they were, they love talking about themselves and they shared all the secrets that saved me, you know, years of , uh, failing and making mistakes. And I was able to start and get the business up and going right

[00:05:42] away.

[00:05:42] It was really , uh, exciting at the time. 

[00:05:45] Dane Reis: [00:05:45] Yeah. So good. Well, let’s move on and dig into the first section here. And Scott, look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone?

[00:05:57]Scott Edwards: [00:05:57] Well,  , uh, I will, it’s a Walt Disney quote. I’m a big Disney fan and he. And I had the same thinking we’re both entrepreneurs and that , uh, uh, like Emmett stone used to say, failures are the stepping stones to success. But my favorite quote is the way to get started

[00:06:13] is to quit talking about it and begin doing it. 

[00:06:16] Dane Reis: [00:06:16] Oh, so true. Love that, that getting ready to get ready that people just get stuck in. Right.

[00:06:22]Scott Edwards: [00:06:22] Yeah, a lot of people , uh, and I’ve been a salesman and a customer service person my whole life. And I think the reason people like me go that route is, and again, it falls back on that a personality. We’re uh, we’re willing to jump in and kind of risk exposing ourselves by bringing up side jokes and talking to people and asking questions.

[00:06:43] And most importantly, listening to answers where other people are intimidated or too

[00:06:49] timid to, to do that. 

[00:06:51]Dane Reis: [00:06:51] yeah, a hundred percent. And 

[00:06:53]ultimately I think when it comes to just doing it , there’s, there’s always so many questions and so many factors that you just, aren’t going to know the answer to, and you’re going to fall on your face and you’re going to fail. And if you just accept that those are. The realities of moving forward.

[00:07:07]Even, even if you think that you’re completely prepared and ready to go, you’re going to move forward and then realize you don’t know much at all. So if that’s the reality, why not just jump in head first and start figuring it out?

[00:07:20] Scott Edwards: [00:07:20] It’s true. I mean, I used to say when I, I fall , uh, I’m falling forward, you know, may land on my face, but at least I was moving forward.

[00:07:27]Dane Reis: [00:07:27] A hundred percent, a hundred percent. Well, let’s get into this next section here. And Scott, of course you are an  entertainment professional. I am an entertainer and I, I think that you would agree that this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest and personally emotional industries.

[00:07:43] In existence and you know, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like your having now takes a lot of dedication and hard work. And while yeah, there is an outrageous amount of fun and excitement being an entertainer, doing what we do. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures.

[00:08:05] We are going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us, what is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better because of it.

[00:08:19]Scott Edwards: [00:08:19] Well, I kind of have two answers for you, Dane first, personally. Um, I think one of the things that holds people back and, and really was my biggest challenge , uh, from that early construction company, but definitely through my , um, comedy club years is I never had money. I don’t come from money. Uh, probably a lower middle-class family here in California.

[00:08:41]Um, I, I’m not good with money, which is probably not good to say to the public, but I, you know, I. into everything, basically on the seat of my pants. I , uh, for example, when I opened my first comedy club, I didn’t have any money. So I negotiated with a restaurant to use their banquet room, to do my shows.

[00:09:02] And so they’d have a banquet during the day I would come in and be the labor and tear down their banquet, set up my comedy club. Then I would. Host and produce a comedy show for , uh, an audience of a hundred or so people. And then after the show, I’d have to break down my comedy clubs so they could do a banquet.

[00:09:20] The next day. It was a lot of work, a lot of sweat, and we didn’t make any money at all for the first six months, but it didn’t cost me a dime.

[00:09:31]And then the other is you’re talking about show business and how much work it is. And I think one of the big fallacies, especially back in the eighties and nineties, really before your time Dane, but in the era that I was working with Leno and Carvey and Seinfeld , um, standup comedy, Was really hot.

[00:09:50] I caught the wave just right. It was a lot on TV evening at the improv. The comedy store was famous. There was a in, when I, when I opened my club, Dane, it was the 12th club in the country. And by, and that was 1980, by 1985, it was like Starbucks. There was a club, you know, on every corner. Right. 

[00:10:09] Dane Reis: [00:10:09] right. 

[00:10:10] Scott Edwards: [00:10:10] Every disco turn.

[00:10:12] You know that from the seventies turned into a comedy club in the eighties and a lot of restaurants like the steak and ale and others would turn their , um, restaurants in the little comedy clubs. They were all over the place. Well, comics. Especially , um, the amateur comics would see somebody like Seinfeld or Leno or Carvey or sag and all these people I worked with get huge contracts or TV shows and.

[00:10:36] Thought, Oh my gosh. I could be a TV star, and it’s only going to take me a few months as a standup comic. And that is so wrong. As you know, and you alluded to, there’s a lot of work in this industry and the term overnight success means somebody’s sweat and, and created and put their life into their art form for maybe three to five years before they were an

[00:11:01] overnight sensation.

[00:11:02]Dane Reis: [00:11:02] right? Yeah. It’s always so much more behind what we see on the outside. By the time you ever hear about people. By the time you see the wave that someone might be riding. Man, there are so much work that goes in before you ever get to that point.

[00:11:16]I’ve, I’ve watched a handful of documentaries and things on various , uh, comics over the time. And was it about Robin Williams maybe? And he would be in the middle of a tour in the middle of an outrageously successful show, but would just never not stop writing jokes. Everywhere. Always analyzing it, always creating new stuff.

[00:11:36] And I think there’s another thing that I read somewhere about Seinfeld saying, right? He’s like, I get maybe two minutes for free, maybe four, because , uh, because I’m who I am. Right. Right. I’ve got a bit of a celebrity. Right. But after that, I got to be just as good as anyone else. So you really have to be real true professionals at their craft.

[00:11:56] Always.

[00:11:57] Scott Edwards: [00:11:57] Yeah, two points. I got a chance to work with Robyn twice. He was on my stage twice and he was just a genius and had one of those quick minds that was always working and writing and he loved the craft. So whether he was doing it. Big 2000 seat concert in some town, he would get off stage and run over to the closest comedy club that had maybe 20, 50 people in the audience and do another hour.

[00:12:22] He enjoyed it that much. And then Seinfeld and Gary Shandling were two in particular, but I’ve seen it many times that were such professionals. Um, my comedy club was in Sacramento. It was not a. Hallmark of entertainment. Everybody that was going to get famous was going to be an LA San Francisco, Boston, New York.

[00:12:45] But my club was an integral part of the system, kind of like going to university or college , uh, you know, after your open mic stage and you’re, you’re performing professionally and getting paid. And then. Hopefully you’ll get seen and get a chance at stardom. What I’m leading up to is they were always working and writing to stay fresh.

[00:13:06] And there was several times that professional entertainers, like I mentioned, would go on stage literally with a piece of paper. And after they kind of got the audience on their side, say, Hey, you know, everybody, I want to try some new material and they would literally read off. Something, they may have written that morning at breakfast or the night before, test it out and then go back and finished with their

[00:13:29] headlining closing bits. 

[00:13:31]Dane Reis: [00:13:31] that’s so cool. Yeah. And, you know, get the direct feedback right there. Why not? Hey,

[00:13:36] Scott Edwards: [00:13:36] Oh, right. I mean, you know, they’re so popular and so busy there, they’re not going to go do an open mic to try and materials. So they’d have to do it in front of a paying audience, but they respected the audience. And so they’d kind of, and I think the audience enjoyed being in on it. Right. It’s like, Hey, here’s a little behind the scenes.

[00:13:50] I wrote

[00:13:50] this yesterday. Let me know if it’s any good, right. 

[00:13:52] Dane Reis: [00:13:52] Yeah, totally. I think that’s very cool. Very

[00:13:55] cool. Well, Well, let’s move on to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be in this entertainment industry for living, or maybe it was, yes, this is what I need to be doing in this industry. Tell us about that.

[00:14:16]Scott Edwards: [00:14:16] Well, and it goes a little bit back to where I was sitting in the audience of a comedy store in Los Angeles where I said, man, this is. Just something that’s so exciting. And , uh, it’s, I should explain Dane. I , um, don’t feel like I have any talent. I was more of a producer. I hired people like you that had talent.

[00:14:35] However, once I opened the club and started emceeing the shows, it became kind of a running gag with the entertainers because I, as the MC would end up doing. More time than the opening app that was good or bad. Uh, but , uh, I had so much fun on stage and I was more of a, I didn’t write material. I never wrote material per se.

[00:15:01] I would interact with the audience and just loved it. And I think that that was one of the reasons I fought and continued to operate my clubs and ended up expanding it to quite a big business. But in those early days , uh,my aha moment was getting on stage in front of, you know, it might’ve only been 20 or 30 people, but not only being able to control the audience and capture the audience and include them in the evening, but to make them laugh and so much like a professional entertainer, what’s the payoff.

[00:15:35] Yeah. It’s always nice to get paid, but we do it for the feeling we get when we hear the

[00:15:40] audience roar.

[00:15:41]Dane Reis: [00:15:41] yeah. A hundred percent. Yeah. Being on stage. There’s nothing really quite like it. I think. Uh, and for obviously a lot of the listeners of this podcast really can, can wrap their heads around that one. But I also really enjoyed that you are on the production side of things because it’s very unique as well.

[00:15:58] For a, as far as guests on this podcast, I have a majority of the talent, the performers that are on the stage doing the thing, but the production side of this industry, Is just as important as you know, what it ultimately ends up on stage. Uh, can you talk a little bit about being a producer and , uh, I guess more of the intricacies of what it takes to, to create productions.

[00:16:21]Scott Edwards: [00:16:21] Well, Well, it’s interesting that you mentioned that Dane, because I do feel that the real success of a show comes from the entertainer. It’s the entertainers. Um, connection with the audience. It’s the material, it’s the timing, you know, all the stuff that we learned to expect from a professional, whether it’s a singer dancer or comedian, but , um, I think it is true that on the production side, that.

[00:16:49] Any gym has to be presented in the right light. And that’s where having the correct stage setting the rec correct lighting the correct sound. For example , uh, you know, you might have a situation where you’ve got a really talented comic , like, uh, Dana Carvey. And if the audio and the sound doesn’t work and people can’t hear him, what’s the point or a funny story?

[00:17:17] We , uh, of course it happens in life. We had a couple shows where there were blackouts. And so you’ve got an entertainer on stage. All of a sudden his audio is gone, his lights are gone. Uh, my club was in a basement, so it was pitch dark. And we had happened a couple of times, but what was kind of the great.

[00:17:36] Moment for entertainment was , uh, the comics being professionals knew how to enunciate and make sure they were heard and project throughout the room, but we were prepared and we would actually pass out flashlights to four or five members of the audience making them a part of the event and they would shine it on the entertainer and the show went on and those moments will always be memorable because.

[00:18:03] As important is light sound and talent are there’s a way to, to make it work. If everybody’s on the job in, in being a professional in. And I was telling the story because we were prepared for those blackouts and we’re able to get through those unique

[00:18:21] moments and really bring them out as a win. 

[00:18:24]Dane Reis: [00:18:24] Yeah, yeah. Being prepared is, is everything. I do , uh, uh, a handful of corporate production working as a producer and stage manager as well. And that’s a whole nother crazy world, but very cool. And, you know, pretty much crosses over all the skillsets from the live theater yeah. World. Uh, but I kind of view that work as kind of like being.

[00:18:42] A pilot or something where generally speaking, if you’ve done your work and you’ve set everything up, it should be pretty much smooth sailing. Right. But we all know live. Anything never goes 100% to plan. And it’s that you’ve already, pre-thought of all the different contingencies of what could happen and that you’re ready to make the changes and step into manual mode if need be right.

[00:19:07]Scott Edwards: [00:19:07] Yeah. It, it really, I think the job of the producer is to think through all those. Possible situations. I gave a quick story, Dane, if we have a second, and this is a way from show business, but it gives you an example of one I’m talking about , uh, sadly here in Sacramento, we lost a couple , uh, sheriff officers to a helicopter crash a number of years ago.

[00:19:30] And my wife is in law enforcement and they knew that we had a background in event planning. And so when they had the meeting. To , uh, put together the funeral for these officers, which was a very somber and serious moment. Uh, there was very important people in the room and they were making very important decisions and , um, because of the amount of people they were expecting for this funeral, it was going to overflow.

[00:19:56]The church. And so they were going to put , um, big televisions and audio systems out on the grass for extra people and they’re going through, and they’re making all these decisions. And I finally, and I was just there to represent and be supportive and I stopped him and I said, okay , uh, Everything you’re saying is going to work.

[00:20:14] However, if you’re going to put all these electronics and all this out on the grass, you might want to turn off the automatic sprinkler system before the event. And it was kind of like, kind of like, Oh wow, crap. We didn’t think of that. Right. But it was a continuum. You didn’t see that as I’m running through in my mind how the event was going to go a possible situation and how,

[00:20:36]you know, you can head that off by planning ahead. 

[00:20:39] Dane Reis: [00:20:39] Yeah, a hundred percent so simple, such a big solution as well. Um, great. Well,Well, let’s piggyback on that a spotlight moment and let’s talk about your number one book D moment. Walk us through that day. What was going on in your life? And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite? Booked it moment. 

[00:21:02] Scott Edwards: [00:21:02] I think my favorite book that moment, and I have to be honest and there’s been probably. Hundreds of situations where I , uh, had an opportunity to , uh, work with some celebrity that I really respected. There was a couple from my dad’s era, soupy sales , uh, actually threw a pie in my face. Uh, Pat Paulson, the perennial.

[00:21:22] Presidential candidate. Uh, we became close friends. We actually had him run for mayor here in Sacramento. It was hilarious, but one of my booked at moments was , um, I come from the generation, my buddies and I are huge Monty Python fans and the situation arose unexpectedly. And I was able, and he wasn’t a standup comic of course, but I was actually able to bring into my club the very funny British.

[00:21:51]Uh, comedy actor, Graham Chapman, who was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, and everybody knows their movies and the faulty tower TV shows, I mean just an immense talent. And I was able to bring him in and it wasn’t a comedy set. He really just shared stories with the audience. And for me, It was such a great opportunity that that booking and that meaningful , uh, meeting of the minds and sharing of our lives , uh, has carried with me.

[00:22:23] And what made it even more poignant in sadly? Uh, it wasn’t , uh, six weeks later he passed away. And the fact that we were able to make him feel special. He really enjoyed sharing his stories with the audience and being treated like a star in a small County stage, which is way different for a movie TV star.

[00:22:45] And , uh, Graham Chapman was just , um, one of those people that you never think you’re going to be able to interact and share time with. And I

[00:22:54] got to, and that would be my book that moment. 

[00:22:57] Dane Reis: [00:22:57] Ah, so good. Love that. And let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And. It’s a weird time, right? We’re still amongst this global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?

[00:23:18] Scott Edwards: [00:23:18] Yes. It’s been , uh, challenging for everybody from entertainers like yourself to producers like myself. Um, I still , um, I did sell my comedy clubs back about 20 years ago in, in semi retired, but I’ve kept my toes in the water and , uh, produced several fundraisers for charities in the years since, but we had to cancel , um, for large.

[00:23:41]Uh, charity fundraisers last year. We’re hoping to bring them back later this year, but I continue to book comedy shows, but now there are more to raise money for charities instead of putting  money in my own pocket to keep myself entertained in. Involved in the industry. I started my podcast , uh, standup comedy, your hosted MC, where I get a chance to interview , uh, old friends, professional entertainers from over the last four decades.

[00:24:10] And I also present , uh, because of my TV shows concerts in live stage shows. I recorded a lot of that. So I’m able to share , um, evergreen. Live comedy sets from the famous and not so famous , uh, from over my many years in the business and just sharing that comedy material and interviewing funny people during this time of no entertainment has not only been a , um, Helpful to me mentally, you know, you know, a little source of , uh, uh, energy and positivity in a, in a dark time.

[00:24:46] But I was able to share that with , uh, uh, thousands of listeners. And I think that that , uh, has been great, uh, coming up in the future. Um, I did write a book for those that are interested in being in the comedy business is called, be a standup comic. Or just look like one and that, and a, a future comedy course to try to , uh, go with my book, that, to help entertainers that are just starting out and whether they’re calm comedians or just presenters , um, we can teach people , uh, how, the difference

[00:25:18] between being an amateur and a professional. 

[00:25:21] Dane Reis: [00:25:21] Oh, so good. What incredible resources for anyone out there listening that wants to delve into this comedy world. Go check out the podcast, check out the book. So good. And it is time now to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview, the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions.

[00:25:44] I want you to answer them as quickly. Yeah. And concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready? 

[00:25:50] Scott Edwards: [00:25:50] All

[00:25:50] right, let me wait. Let me get

[00:25:51] loosened up. All right, I’m ready, Dane. Let’s go for it. 

[00:25:55] Dane Reis: [00:25:55] All right, let’s do this first question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career in the entertainment industry?

[00:26:02]Scott Edwards: [00:26:02] Uh, I have to be a little blunt here. I have not felt like anything held me back. I was able to set and achieve all the goals I set and , uh, that includes entertainment and in business.

[00:26:14] And I, I felt like I blessed, man. 

[00:26:17] Dane Reis: [00:26:17] beautiful. Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

[00:26:23] Scott Edwards: [00:26:23] I believe that the audience or your customers come first, if you want a successful interaction with your audience, make sure that they’re , uh, coming, you know, part of the event

[00:26:34] in included in the entertainment. 

[00:26:37] Dane Reis: [00:26:37] Yes. Third question. What is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before this industry went on? Pause.

[00:26:48]Scott Edwards: [00:26:48] Well, I think is a professional master of ceremonies. I am see thousands of live stage shows really prepped me. To be the host of these current podcast shows. Uh, and I did start my podcast pre COVID, but obviously during this last , uh, difficult year , uh, it’s enhanced its importance of sharing some entertainment.

[00:27:10] And I feel that , uh, that history of being an MC

[00:27:13] has continued and led me to the future. 

[00:27:16] Dane Reis: [00:27:16] absolutely. And the fourth question, what is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, maybe a podcast or a piece of technology you found is helping your career right now.

[00:27:30] Scott Edwards: [00:27:30] Oh , well, thanks for asking. I think that , uh, what’s important in all sorts of , uh, business and entertainment is communication. And my personal tool is the Larry Wilson method. Uh, Larry Wilson is a comic magician was magician of the year. Back in the eighties and nineties, but in the recent years he’s taken his communication skills and put it into a training course , uh, pre COVID.

[00:27:54] He was doing it all. Personally. He has adapted it to an online course, but the Larry Wilson method has kept me fresh

[00:28:02] and sharp as a communicator.

[00:28:05] Dane Reis: [00:28:05] I have not heard about that. Can you, can you give a little synopsis teaser of what what’s

[00:28:09] Scott Edwards: [00:28:09] Um, Um, the Larry Wilson method is basically a professional entertainer. Larry Wilson. He was a comic magician who for decades has been doing live stage shows, but even more recently, his claim to fame is he’s one of the. Top ranked corporate entertainers. And he has been teaching for years that in the corporate world , uh, whether it’s interacting with your customers or with the staff, how important , uh,communication, interoffice communication is, is there too for the success of , uh, Production a business or whatever you’re involved in.

[00:28:55] And he is , um, taking his skills and his brains and put it into a capsulated training program. It’s it’s really amazing.

[00:29:04] The Larry Wilson method, I would look into it. 

[00:29:07] Dane Reis: [00:29:07] Yeah, very cool. I will a hundred percent need to check that out. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?

[00:29:25]Scott Edwards: [00:29:25] Well, uh, again, I may have a bad answer for you, Dean. I don’t think I would change a thing. I’ve been very blessed. I caught the comedy wave at just the right time and was able to. Work with some of the , uh, uh, best in the business. And , uh, probably the only thing I would change is that , uh, in 2001 , um, an offer came along and I sold my comedy clubs and I may have not done that if I got a chance to do a retake, but , uh, I love the business.

[00:29:53] I love the people in the business

[00:29:55] and , uh, wouldn’t change that at all. 

[00:29:57] Dane Reis: [00:29:57] so good. And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry? You’d like to leave with our listeners.

[00:30:09]Scott Edwards: [00:30:09] Well, Well, uh, your listeners are entertainers and I thought hard about this and I wanted to bring something to them. That is important. Industry-wise and it doesn’t matter what art form you are, in, in entertainment, a dancer, a singer. Uh, an actor or a comedian,  the number one bit of advice from a producer is respect the clock.

[00:30:30]In other words, your job on stage is allotted so much time. And you don’t want to disrespect that by going long or going short or missing your time , uh, from a production side point, the timing of everything ,

[00:30:49] can be crucial to the success of a show. 

[00:30:52] Dane Reis: [00:30:52] yes. Respect the clock very well said. And to wrap up this interview, Scott, it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote? 

[00:31:08]Scott Edwards: [00:31:08] well, Well,

[00:31:09] I’ve kind of already slipped it in, but , um, I really appreciate the opportunity to be , with you Dane. And I’d love your audience to check out my podcast, ladies and gentlemen, it’s called standup comedy, your host and MC. And I got to tell you, the crowd goes crazy when they get a chance to hear all that great

[00:31:30] standup comedy.

[00:31:32] And I know you will

[00:31:33] too.

[00:31:34] Dane Reis: [00:31:34] beautiful. Love it. And for everyone listening out there, I have put the links to Scott’s book to the podcast everywhere. You can find him into the description of this episode, so you can easily connect with him and also be sure to share this podcast with your fellow entertainers, coaches, teachers, arts, and entertainment educators, and anyone, you know, you know, aspiring to create a career in this.

[00:32:00] Industry you booked. It is the number one resource of expertise on how to actually create a successful entertainment career case in point, everything. Scott just gave us today from the producer production side, the comedy lifestyle side of this industry. So good. If you enjoyed this episode, hit that subscribe button.

[00:32:18] So you don’t miss the next one. Scott, thank you so much for being here. I’m so glad we got connected. What a pleasure to talk.

[00:32:26] Scott Edwards: [00:32:26] And thanks so much. And , uh, I wanted , uh, for the on behalf of your audience, thank you, Dane, for what you’re doing, having this connection in show business with everybody and sharing this knowledge

[00:32:37] is valuable and we appreciate what

[00:32:39] you’re doing.

[00:32:40]Dane Reis: [00:32:40] well, thank you very much.