We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Villiotti and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anthony, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is an absolute must. Without taking risks you will never know what you can achieve; what you can make work. I’m a standup comedian and the last thing I want my audience to see is the same rhetoric over and over again. Say something that’s different. Say something that’s risky. Even if people don’t laugh, you were true to self. I also work in finance and there’s a famous saying: high risk, high reward. It’s an investment strategy, and it applies to more than your equity portfolio.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m one of those people trying to balance it all. I have a high-stress corporate job at a record company, but I also dabble in standup comedy. Corporate America has always come easy to me. Performing Arts have not. I tend to approach my comedy like I do business presentations – DON’T PREPARE. I’ve seen people in the boardroom and on the stage putting themselves at a disadvantage by being too prepared. By being rehearsed. It stifles creativity in the moment, which is required in both finance and comedy.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In LA, here’s what I would do: 1) Morning workout at Barry’s WEHO. 2) Brunch at Dialog. 3) Self-loathing at your place. 4) Happy Hour at Pink Taco. 5) Hookah at Pi on Sunset. 6) Dinner in Santa Monica. 7) Gay bars back in WEHO.

In NYC, here’s what I would do: 1) Bottle of vodka in my bed.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you to everyone who has ever given me a shot. Special shoutout to Drew Tessier & YAAAS! Fest NYC for giving me my first ever standup opportunity – no mics, no nothing. Just let me have at it. Forever grateful.

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