Professors and comedians have a lot in common. When I was young, a slightly older friend of mine was starting on what would be a successful career as a comedian. I realized that I learned a lot from watching his shows, especially about audience engagement, the use of personal stories, narrative, and humility in front of an audience.
|It's your job||Yes||Yes|
|You have a narrative you want them to follow||Yes||Yes|
|Need audience engagement||Yes||Yes|
|They're judging you||Yes||Yes|
|They're paying for it||Yes||Yes|
|They expect their money's worth||Yes||Yes|