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This is a personal story not to many of y’all know about that I wanted to share. People around me growing always wondered why I acted a certain way or I never shared too much about what was going on mentally and emotionally on the inside. Here is a JOURNEY of what some 15yr to 18yr olds dealt with coming up.

This story will air this Friday on ComedyCentral at Midnight.
Thanks This Is Not Happening Presents for letting me share this with you all.

Living Legend

Last night I found out that Dick Gregory might be performing at Comedy Store. I immediately rushed down to see if it was true. I mean this guy is definitely a living legend. He has one most original voice in comedy ever. In the sixties Dick Gregory was addressing social issues in a comedic way and by addressing his hard-hitting to white audiences, he gave a comedic voice to the rising Civil Rights Movement. He abandoned comedy to become and activist before I was born. So I figured if I could just see the legend in the flesh that would be great. This would one of my greatest comedy memories ever.

As I enter into the dark main room some guys are walking towards me to exit. As my eyes adjust to the darkness I catch a glimpse of someone famous approaching from out of focus. I am thinking to myself, “ Is that Mos Def?!! He must have dyed his beard.” Then my eyes came into focus and it was the man of the hour. Walked right by me!! I was excited. My internal dialogue was like “go shake his hand” but my mind started playing back every time I met a hero something bad happens. Especially when I meet other famous comedians. But I told my internal dialogue to “stop being a p#ssy and go get that Dick.” So I went out to where he was and puffed my chest out and said in in a deep soft pitch voice (Because I was nervous, the air in my chest wanted to meet him more than I did so it rushed out as soon as I opened my mouth.), “ Excuse me Sir, do you mind if I take a photo?” He was like “I don’t mind”, in a hurry up I have a show tone. Someone volunteered to take the pictures that apparently have never taken pictures of dark-skinned people before because he didn’t turn on the flash. So Dick Gregory and I stood there waiting on the flash. To be completely honest, I got a little uncomfortable holding a man that long. The feeling went from “this man is a legend” to “I can feel his shoulder blade”. By the time I said, “is the flash is on?” the moment was over and I had another weird moment with someone I admire. I cannot believe I had a chance to see and touch a living legend last night. I also cant believe how f#ck up this picture came out either.

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Moving to LA – Network Television Debut

Moving to LA was hard because I was uninvited. Nobody knew who I was when I arrived. My first comedic milestone in the city was sleeping in my car. That sounds odd, but it was the start of my journey in LA. It’s possible to feel like a king with nothing but a backseat for a bed – because at least I was giving the things I loved a real shot.
I started like most comedians do – performing three-minute club open-mic showcases. Despite being told to change my style to something that would be more sellable, I followed my gut and stuck to my guns. Over time, those three minute sets became thirty minute sets. I went on to win competitions in 2011 and 2012. By 2013 I had performed twice on cable television. And last year I got my first late night set on TV. So here’s my next big milestone. Tuesday October the 13th 2015, all those three minute sets and competitions – the uncomfortable naps in my car, on couches, on floors – TUESDAY October 13th, 2015 I broke into national television.
I was on Jimmy Kimmel Live!!!!
Of course it’s only four minutes but it took years to get here and I want you all to know this – I couldn’t have done it without you – all of you. THANK YOU!!! A special thank you to Jimmy Kimmel and his staff for the opportunity. I want to thank all the clubs and show bookers that allowed me to grace their stages. Thanks to all the audiences for laughing, and the comedy community. I’d love for you to tune in tonight. If you like my set, please tell your friends – and hopefully we will move on to bigger and better things. And if you know someone sleeping in their car, whose has a little dream, please share this message with them. Because if I can make it from my backseat and somehow get on stage in front of one of the best talk show hosts of our generation – anyone can!! I will post the performance video next!!

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THE 6 EXCUSES PREVENTING YOU FROM DESIGNING A BETTER WORLD

HAD TO REPOST THIS…….

Think of your biggest goal in life. You know the one I’m talking about: the super-secret one that you’ve only told a few people about because it’s so exciting and nerve-wracking. The goal that you would give up everything to pursue. Maybe it’s an entrepreneurial venture or something big that you want to achieve at your organization. Achieving this goal would change your world; maybe even the world. It could be huge and give you a legacy to leave behind.

So why aren’t you doing it?

Let me guess: you don’t have the time or money. Perhaps you have too many responsibilities, no one has ever done it, or you’re not smart enough. Maybe you’ll do it when you have X or don’t have Y. But really you know you can make the time, find the money, and get the allies and ammo you need to compensate for what you don’t know.

Excuses are what really stand in your way, preventing you from getting what you really want. But excuses are just stories that we invent about people and circumstances to defend our behavior, avoid doing something, or just get out of thinking big. The fear might be one of failure, embarrassment, success, change, uncertainty, or even growth and responsibility.

The first step to overcoming your excuses is to recognize when they show up in your life. Here are six personas that use flimsy excuses that you should avoid becoming at all costs:

1. THE BLAMER
It’s never your fault or responsibility. You’re never the one left holding the bag. And if you are, it’s not your fault. You’re quick to place responsibility with others and jump from one company to the next, never staying long enough to develop a record of successes or failures. In clients, this manifests as blaming the politics, red tape, size of the organization, budget, timeline, team, technology (and on and on). In consultants, blamers point to client personalities, project scope and power company rules. The idea is that you blame something externally when you’re just not pushing yourself internally.

2. THE BRAT
You have an eau de entitlement. Things should be easy: the job, project, whatever. You’ve worked hard on my degree and had some success, so now it’s just gonna rain because you say so. I interviewed a brat this morning—he was too cool to create a portfolio and spent most of the hour name-dropping or giving short answers on his previous projects because he believed that his reputation should just speak for itself. For you, it may show up when you feel like you shouldn’t have to work at something. This should be easy, given to you. You deserve it. You’re special.

3. THE BULLIED
You’re the victim. You are not the bully; you are the person who is letting yourself be taken advantage of. You’re not the best developer. You don’t have enough tenure here. You’re just an intern. Your boss would flip or doesn’t like you. The one I see most is when graduating students feel they didn’t learn enough in college to get the job they want.

4. THE SHEEP
You go with the flow, holding fast to a herd mentality. You aren’t necessarily scared to put forth your ideas or fight for an idea, but you are certainly more comfortable with upholding the status quo and making sure it’s smooth sailing. Sheep often wait to chime in after it’s clear which way the room is swaying. In design, sheep look at best practices to see what others are doing first. In research, sheep ask the safe questions and use safe methodologies that clients feel comfortable with, even if the methodology is faulty.

5. THE SLACKER
At first glance, you could be seen as a sheep. The key difference is that the slacker is simply not ready to shine yet. You’re procrastinating, worried, scared, lazy, or too cool to take any action. Really, you’re just not confident in your idea, so you ignore it and put it off. If you don’t try, then you’re not risking anything or going to be asked to risk anything. You are waiting for the right time. You use a lot of “later,” “soon,” “when,” “once,” and “if” words and phrases in your sentences. For example, “I’ll leave my job once I save more money.”

6. THE SQUARE
You love the lines that make up a box: rules, regulations, clear boundaries, and job descriptions and responsibilities. You use those to defend why you can’t innovate and do the crazy things that would truly make you happy. You use the truth as your defense. You state facts that no one can argue with: “This is a Fortune 200 financecompany, and it takes time to innovate.” “We don’t have enough designers.” “We didn’t plan for research in the project plan.” My favorite one from entrepreneurs is “I don’t have the money.” But what if you borrowed money? What if you implemented your plan in phases? What if you saved more money by not spending in other ways?

One or more of these probably resonates with you. Are you feeling defensive or skeptical? This truly isn’t about judging you or creating insecurities. My goal is to help people solve problems with creativity.

Fear drives decisions, shutting down opportunities for creativity, innovation, and success. Selfishly, my hope is that if we teach people that these exist, then they can identify them, handle them, and ultimately get to work. That way, we are all inspired to solve cooler, complex, meaningful problems and change the world.

—Mona Patel is founder and CEO at Motivate Design, a user experience and design thinking agency, and the recruiting firm, UX Hires.

That Maui Wowie, Hi in Hi

Not a lot blow my mind but sh#t was unbelievable. I received a message about doing a comedy festival in Maui. My manger told me that they was going to fly me out and put me up, etc etc….”WHAT, WHERE?!!”

I thought it was a joke because I never heard of the @MauiComedyFest before. Found out its was the first one that they were having. I heard that “even one day the sun shines on a dogs ass” this trip was that day!!!! Because it was real!!!

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Look at that view from the terrace, I remember looking out thinking, “I cant believe this sh#t, I got here from telling jokes? This is weird….amazing” The @SheratonMaui is dope because you have the Black Cliff nearby where I had a chance to swim with two of the biggest sea turtles Ive ever swam with!

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Sarong but all So Right. I wore this to the blessing. Blessings are traditional in Hawaiian protocol. The purpose of Blessing Ceremonies is to invite the goodness from the highest for Aloha, protection, peace, happiness and success. As well to say thank you to the highest!

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This was JUST embarrassing right here, f#ck you wind!! LOL..#Chickenlegs
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At this blessing we was 40 feet above over 1800 Hawaiian Ancestors and you can almost fill the spirits in the air OR it was weed smoke!
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Also @MauiRoadsters where nice enough to let us rent this Porsche 356! So………we had a Ferris Bueller Day Off Moment! Off we were, Me and @IamChrisPorter cruising the country side blasting Steely Dan!

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When we wasnt in the Roadster which was most of the time we where getting driven around by these @PlatinumMaui limos. Now these are the best seats Ive ever sat in before in my life…hold on, let me take my shirt off.

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The infamous Front Street at night!
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The Sheraton Pool looks and feels like heaven!!
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@SailTrilogy
in Maui took us out for a snorkel excursion. This excursion included breakfast and lunch with mimosas made from the Most natural juice ever.

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Im like a Black Aqua Man! Honestly I spent about 6 hours in the water! I ended up meditating out there thats how at home I felt under that water.

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But it was all underwater games, I still had a job to do so it was time to clock in for the night. These pics are from @Pi_808

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Thanks Universe, Maui Comedy Festival, The Laugh Button, The Syndicate, Thanks to All the vendors AND SPECIAL THANKS to the volunteers because they work their asses off!

And Finally Thanks Paul Chamberlain, Im glad we were able to experience each others DREAMS COME TRUE!