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Actor and Comedian Jimmy Dunn: “How do we stop burn out? I am actually hoping some of my colleagues do burn out; It’s a crowded field. We could use some room at the turn :-)”

I am actually hoping some of my colleagues do burn out. It’s a crowded field. We could use some room at the turn. No matter how hungry you may be, don’t eat anything in the fridge at the comedy condo. Introduce yourself to the comedy club dishwasher. He’ll be booking the place in the next six months. Never […]


I am actually hoping some of my colleagues do burn out. It’s a crowded field. We could use some room at the turn.

No matter how hungry you may be, don’t eat anything in the fridge at the comedy condo.

Introduce yourself to the comedy club dishwasher. He’ll be booking the place in the next six months.

Never cash your paycheck in Vegas.

Take the gig in Cleveland. It’s actually a wonderful city.

The comedy club chicken tenders are neither chicken nor tender.


I had the pleasure to interview Jimmy Dunn. Jimmy is a comedian, writer and actor who is most recognized from the CBS sitcom, The McCarthys, where he co-starred as the dim-witted Sean McCarthy. He got his start in the comedy world performing stand-up at a bar in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he was paid in beer and fried clams. Since then, Jimmy has gone one to perform on some of the comedy world’s biggest stages, including Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Late Show with David Letterman, CONAN, and Comics Come Home with Denis Leary. Jimmy is also a published author. He’s written three books, the most recent entitled “Your Kid’s First Poker Book”, considered by many as the best book ever written in the children’s self-help gambling genre.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I’ve been a wise-ass since a very young age. My earliest stand-up performances were book reports in junior high school. The teacher would get so upset that I wasn’t taking The Little Prince seriously, and the laughs from the students just fueled me. Once I figured out that you can be a professional wise-ass, there really was no other career path that made any sense.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

A few years back, I was cast in a CBS sitcom called “The McCarthys”, to play a “chubby and dim” former athlete who loves basketball and sandwiches. It was a dream gig, being a sitcom star while also eating my way through Hollywood. I would be standing outside exclusive restaurants under billboards with my picture on it, and when they recognized me as “the fat guy from that show”, a table would magically open up. I put on 30 pounds that year.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

On one of my earliest road gigs, I just assumed the food in the comedy condo fridge was good and made myself a big ham and cheese sandwich. That was a long weekend. I learned the first rule of life on the road — Don’t ever eat anything in the condo! Go down the street to Cracker Barrel.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I just co-wrote another episode of LOUDERMILK with Peter Farrelly and Jackie Flynn. It’s a really funny, dark comedy on AT&T’s Audience Network. And I recently recorded a new comedy album called BEST OF BOSTON STAND-UP with Virtual Comedy Network at Laugh Boston, one of the nicest comedy clubs in the country. It was an amazing evening of comedy with some of my best friends, and one or two other people.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I met Josh Duhamel at a PR event in New York City. The man is handsome. Strikingly handsome.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I am actually hoping some of my colleagues do burn out. It’s a crowded field. We could use some room at the turn.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could, I’d start the STOP BEING OFFENDED movement. They are just jokes, folks. If you don’t like them, please don’t come to a comedy club. Or just change the channel. Or log off the internet. There are plenty of real things that should offend your sensibilities. There’s still no drinkable water in Detroit. Every fifth person in the world has a machine gun. The NFL has no idea how to clearly define a catch. Solve those problems before you come for our “offensive” jokes.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  • No matter how hungry you may be, don’t eat anything in the fridge at the comedy condo.
  • Introduce yourself to the comedy club dishwasher. He’ll be booking the place in the next six months.
  • Never cash your paycheck in Vegas.
  • Take the gig in Cleveland. It’s actually a wonderful city.
  • The comedy club chicken tenders are neither chicken nor tender.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

David Lee Roth once said about show biz agents, “Of course you’re gonna rob me. I expect that. We’re all pirates in this business.” If you understand that simple philosophy, dealing with Hollywood is a lot easier.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My Dad. He taught me how to laugh. He taught me how to enjoy comedy. He turned me on to Red Foxx and Buddy Hackett and Bob Newhart albums. He was at my first show ever and even though I mostly bombed, he was as proud then as he was years later when he saw my name lit up across the Las Vegas strip.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Jim Carrey. Seriously, DM me. I have a killer script for you.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Instagram — @jimmydunn

Twitter — @jimmydunncomedy

Facebook — @jimmydunncomedy

www.jimmydunn.com

Podcast — Two Boston Guys

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