Neil Mullarkey is one of the pioneers of the Comedy Improv movement. The Comedy Store Players, of which he is a founder, celebrates its 25th anniversary today.
Neil has had a remarkable multi-faceted career. He appears on stage at The Comedy Store with Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence and other well known comedians, runs corporate improv workshops, wrote the spoof motviational book "Don't be needy, be succeedy", has written and performed four one-man shows, was part of a double act with Mike Myers, starred with Eddie Izzard in a sell-out West End run, and has appeared in 2 of the Austin Powers movies and on TV in Whose Line is it Anyway.
I caught up with Neil back stage at The Comedy Store after one of his fabulous shows with Paul Merton and the other Comedy Store players.
Watch the video below for Neil's insights on:
- how to know if you should become a comedian (or other artist),
- how to spot your true calling
- the danger of saying "Yes but" and what you should do instead.
Look out for the next post containing the final part of the interview where Neil talks about how to overcome fear when taking bold risks in your life.
More about Neil
Find out about Neil's corporate workshops at Improvyourbiz.com. Neil has a comedy improv workshop coming up in London on 28 Nov. If you're interested or involved in the self development business, you must check out his alter ego, L Vaughn Spencer, The Succeeder.