Who Is Your Inspiration?

by BUDDAH ESKEW

Ladies Love Finger Buddah

It doesn’t matter if you write stories, poems, or jokes. We all were inspired to indulge our talent by someone or something. A Teacher, friend, author, poet, comic, etc. Here are a few of my inspirations:

  1. Johnny Carson: The only entertainer that would bomb in his monologue and still make it damn funny.
  2. Adam Sandler: Made me want to make goofy videos with my buddies. His comedy CDs are AWESOME. The one person my comedic mind wants to measure up to. Yes, I know there is a long road ahead.
  3. Bill Cosby: Does the type of standup I don’t do well — storytelling.
  4. Ron White: A guy I somewhat tried to emulate when I first started out in standup, minus the cigar and scotch.
  5. Maria Bamford: The funniest lady in comedy today. Maria is funny enough to have her own sitcom.  I did a workshop with her and it was mega-fun. She is the blond in the Target Black Friday commercials, for those who aren’t familiar with her.
  6. Dale Jones: I met him at the Springfield Funny Bone through a friend. I have been friends with this guy ever since. He is my favorite performer and you should all go watch him. Not many better than Dale.
  7. Bill Burr: Very funny standup comic and fast-paced humor. Thinks like I do.
  8. David Letterman: Fuck Jay Leno! This guy does a much better interview and I like his quirkiness.
  9. Steve Martin: Talented enough to do anything. I would still watch him even if he became a porn star.
  10. George Carlin: A master craftsman. I loved his rants, and he was just about every comedian’s inspiration.

A headlining comedian once told me, “To be in this profession, you have to give it 5 years and dedicate yourself to a lot of stage time. If you are not where you think you should be in 5 years, then you probably won’t ever be.” It was and still is the best piece of advice I have heard to date.

I am at 3 years and  5 months. Clock is ticking, Buddah. But when you have a day job, family, drinking problem and porn addiction, it’s not always easy to stay focused on the task. I feel like 2011 is my make-or-break year.

My point is if you want to be a writer, poet, or juggle live ferrets on stage in Keokuk, Iowa — go do it already! Just be sure to give it your all.

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