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You've Gotta Start Somewhere


You've Gotta Start SomewhereTommy Little

Welcome to episode nineteen of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

In this episode, comedian Tommy Little talks about being a short kid with big basketball dreams, his love of Chap Sticks, the worst comedy gig he’s ever done and why he still beats himself up over past shows.

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, comedian Tommy Little talks about…

00:50 … his love of Chap Sticks and his contract with Lynx Africa

02:46 … the fact he doesn’t like talking about himself

02:58 … whether this is what he wanted to do from very young

03:16 … wanting to be an actor and why that didn’t last long

03:47 … why he started looking at comedy as an option

04:41 … binging on stand up in his first year of comedy

05:37 … how he feels on stage

06:34 … the pressure of stand up and the expectation of the audience

07:30 … whether his profile helps an audience warm to him

08:01 … the hard work that goes into getting bums on seat

09:03 … not worrying about bad gigs

10:54 … his basketball dreams

12:21 … why drinking and trying to pick up girls ruined his bball dreams

12:41 … his dreadlocks phase

13:10 … why he gets away with a lot in his family

13:51 … failing a drama course at uni

14:06 … his time in a choir

16:56 … his long Boost Juice career

18:23 … driving the Black Thunders

19:51 … being mentored by the late Richard Marsland

20:45 … the importance of asking for help

20:50 … hitting up Hamish and Andy for advice

22:11 … bursting onto the scene and being EVERYWHERE

22:53 … quitting his job to enter a radio competition

23:41 … filling in for Hugesy & Kate on NOVA
24:17 … his first Comedy Gala spot and how it helped him sell out all his shows

24:55 … being Claudia Karvan’s piece of meat in ‘Time Of Our Lives’

25:40 … the problem of being over worked

25:50 … being too green to host ‘A League of Their Own’ and why it didn’t succeed

27:08 … his regrets about how he dealt things on some of the shows that didn’t work

27:59 … what went wrong with ‘This Week Live’

29:24 … the effect of shows failing

30:26 … the part of his career that keeps him up at night

31:26 … why he ended up with his current manager

33:11 … how to know whether a manager is serious

33:43 … working in breakfast radio

35:26 … how he started working on The Project

36:50 … the joy of only working with people he loves

37:17 … his worst gig he’s ever done

41:16 … the best and the worst thing about the industry

44:27 … why ambition is crippling

The final five…

46:35 … his biggest regret

46:43 … his dream gig

47:42 … “the 6 pack”

48:07 … how he missed out on inventing the Snuggie

48:38 … what he’d be doing if he wasn’t in media

48:49 … why he loves silly inventions

49:26 … his advice for people wanting to get into the business


 

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