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Dave Chappelle's Mom told him, be a "keeper of the stories"...
I was a teenager in the era when Eddie Murphy was BIG in stand-up comedy... BEFORE he went into movies...
I remember we'd listen to cassettes of Eddie Murphy on our Walkmans, and discuss his routines like the "ice cream man"...
He's very very talented at impressions...
I gotta say, I was never a "huge" fan of his movies. Beverly Hills Cop was okay... But of course, he did very well out of it!
As a stand-up comedian, of course, he was huge...
I saw the interview he did along with Jerry Seinfeld. I think he was asked why he hadn't gone back into stand-up comedy (earlier)... I think the answer was because expectations would have been so high... It's a lot of pressure!
It's great seeing Eddie dip his toe back in the water... I guess we can learn a lot...
I'm sure there are a lot of lessons we can learn from how he got his start, too. (I don't really know those stories...)
I also recently watched some YouTube videos of Dave Chappelle recently winning the Mark Twain Prize.
One of the people Dave thanked in his acceptance speech was his mother.
In Africa, there is the tradition of the "griot" (pronounced like "gree-oh"), who is the keeper of the stories of the village.
Dave said when a griot died, it was like a library burned down.
Dave's mother told him to "be a griot" - the keeper of the stories...
https://youtu.be/FwyeYmXjD1A?t=313 <- this links to the "griot" part of the speech
You know, that's not such a bad idea if you're a marketer and content creator as well...
People like you (Glenn) and Gordon are also "griots" of a kind - you're keepers of incredible stories...
And we flock to you to hear them!
I'm glad you're sharing them, not only here, but in your newsletter and in your books and audio products too!!!
Last edited by Dien Rice : January 9, 2020 at 06:44 PM.
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