Anonymous said: Are you fucking serious it was the whole movie

You’re gonna have to be a little more specific.What are we talking about here?

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mandalorianmango said: So I'm about to do an open mic again. When did you lose the crippling nervousness that comes before going on stage?

Let’s see…I started performing professional improv show in 1999 and I threw up before every show until around…2007. 

When I first started, I would get nervous before every show. Those nerves would convert themselves into vomit, sometimes literally seconds before I was supposed to be onstage.

Over the years, I gained confidence in my abilities but would still feel those nerves before the show and would still throw up. It got to a point where I wasn’t actually nervous anymore, but my body was like, “Welp, it looks like we’re about to do a show. I guess it’s time to throw up now.” 

I remember one night before a stand up show, I told myself, “If I throw up tonight I’m NOT going onstage.” This was a lie I told myself to try to contain the vomit. Even though I knew I would perform no matter what, the lie worked and I didn’t throw up that night.

I slowly got better at controlling my nerves, sort of like an X-Men whose superpower was…not vomiting. 

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Anonymous said: The ask was indeed a response to your show. I will not be able to look at corn on the cob the same way again.

Well thank you for watching!

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Anonymous said: Nate, I think you need to stop eating the corn on the cob. :(

Is this in response to my show on www.E-MPROV.com or are you referring to one of my chins?

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beafraidofjesus said: Are you ever afraid to post jokes on the internet in fear of them stealing it? Also, in posting jokes on the internet, what are your thoughts on telling them on stage? I feel like people will think I stole them??? So conflicted.

Well, I mostly perform improv so I don’t tell a lot of jokes on stage and every funny thing I do is gone in an instant only to be replaced by the next funny thing.

I don’t really care if my jokes get stolen. It’s the Internet and people behave poorly here, so that’s a risk you have to take. 

Rob Delaney has a really great perspective on having jokes stolen which I found in this article

I had the good fortune some years ago to have a joke stolen from me and performed on TV by a comic I knew. At first I was upset, but then I realized that, poor etiquette aside, the guy was funny and he would’ve been on TV with or without my joke. I also realized that if I couldn’t immediately write several more jokes to replace it, then I wasn’t funny, and I had no business calling myself a comedian. So I forced myself to make a mental adjustment and decide that the guy had done me a giant favor. And he had. I became much less precious about material. Of course I’d be “proud” of a good joke, but I knew to thicken my skin and just produce. My silent motto when I began to encounter joke theft on Twitter was “Go ahead and take ‘em, motherfucker. Here come five more.” My goal as a comedian became to be a Delta Force Operator of humor that you could throw in an empty room with nothing and I could make something funny and kill people with it. This remains my goal.”

I’ve adopted this mentality. 

And as far as performing jokes on stage that I originally posted on the Internet, I wouldn’t be afraid that people would think I stole them. First of all, there is still a very large divide between people who go to live comedy shows, and people who use the Internet heavily enough to recognize a joke originally posted on Tumblr. Second of all, I didn’t steal them.

That being said, I don’t think a lot of the jokes and content I’ve created for Tumblr/Internet would translate well to a stand up comedy routine. So I’m not sure I would even try it.

If I were you, I’d follow Rob Delaney’s lead and treat your jokes as disposable. Just crank out as many as you can and get them in front of as many audience members (online and onstage) as you can. 

Anonymous said: Hello! How are you today? How is your family? Hope you're having a good day!

I’m great! Thanks! My family is good too. How are you?

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Anonymous said: Hi Nate! You're a super funny and very wise man. If you don't mind me asking, how do I stop carrying the burden of feeling rejected in the dating world? I'm a lady and I got rejected recently after one date because I "wasn't mature enough", even though the guy didn't really bother to get to know me at all. He talked about himself the whole time and I couldn't get a word in! My heart hurts and I want to feel okay again. Any advice would be appreciated, thank you. :)

Hi! Thanks for the compliments!

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I think there’s a couple ways to approach your problem. First of all, based on how you described the guy it sounds like you really dodged a bullet. Maybe he was good looking or something, but do you really care if a guy like that doesn’t want to date you? You should be rejecting him. 

So for that specific example I would say that you should just be grateful you don’t have to date him anymore.

The issue of dealing with rejection in general is a different beast. Rejection is something MOST people deal with in some aspect of their life. Nobody really likes it. 

I think the most powerful thing you can do is to give dating and relationships less power in your life. Make them less important. Instead, give your attention to creative pursuits, or your education, or career. Let dating be a fun thing that happens when it happens and doesn’t when it doesn’t. 

And if you date someone and they reject you, don’t hold on to that. Cut them out of your life, or at least minimize their importance.

I hope this helps some. Feel free to ask follow-up questions. 

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Anonymous said: Do you think men pushing girls and young women to act girly (for lack of a better term) is more of an influence than adult women doing the same? Seems like an issue that gets driven in as being the fault of men, not just society as a whole.

I think anyone pushing anyone to act any way is an issue. But I’m definitely not going to complain about men taking the brunt of the blame for this issue.

Men as a group have retained more power and control than any other group in history. Sure, sometimes moms will push their daughters to be girly, but that is often so that their daughters will conform to the world that has largely been shaped by men.

If you’re worrying about who is being blamed for the problem, you’re not concentrating on the actual problem.

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tuxedollamas said: I love your sweater. Where can I get one?

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TJ Maxx

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Anonymous said: you wanted to be Mikey? Don't worry, you got the orange accents down with that hair...

Yes, I want(ed) to be Mikey. 

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Anonymous said: Hi Nate! You're a hilarious and talented person. What was starting out as a comedian like? Did you do open mics? How was your fist experience on stage? Thanks for your time!

Fist of all, thank you! That’s so kind of you to say. 

So here’s the story of how I got started in comedy.

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Anonymous said: What the fuck? Your mom is hot

That’s not my mom. That’s the usher at the Cardinals game. 

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jeffrothehomo said: I'm still laughing about "Bruce Banner hulking out taking a poop" :) Hilarious!! I wish I could draw that!

Well SOMEONE needs to draw it.

Anonymous said: Are you real

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Anonymous said: Robocop Fluffernutter. There you go. That's what your t-shirt should be.

Well technically that is the intellectual property of @thedaddycomplex . But let’s keep brainstorming.

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