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A season of thanks…and remembrance

It’s that time of year to appreciate … well, everything!

I’m so thankful for the opportunity bring laughter to many corners of the USA and beyond in 2018. It’s been one of my most well-traveled and fun years. In addition to zigzagging from Alaska to Florida, Texas to Maine, and New York to California, I made a few stops in Hawaii and performed on cruises to Mexico and Canada. Audiences ranged from comedy festival attendees to supporters of worthy charities to employees at major corporations. Plus comedy fans who simply bought a ticket, ordered their two drinks and settled in for a good laugh from clean comedy.

I appreciate all the sound, lighting and other backstage professionals who make me look and sound good onstage, but don’t get to take a bow. I’m thankful for the bookers at the various agencies who get me the gigs, and make sure my flights and hotels are all squared away.

Most of all, I appreciate life. I recently attended the memorial service, as we all do from time to time. It’s one thing to gather together to remember a person who was closing in on the century mark after living a full life, but it’s a wake-up call to realize the deceased was around my age. My friend’s life was cut short and my takeaway is that there is no time like the present to pursue your dreams, act on your plans and give your best to those around you. And if you’re already doing those things? Keep up the good work.

For all the laughter I’ve enjoyed—and created—in 2018 and in the many years prior, I am truly thankful. Whether your Thanksgiving is a big boisterous affair or a small relaxing meal, I hope you can take a moment to enjoy the process of giving thanks.