We had the good fortune of connecting with Ed Roesgen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ed, what do you attribute your success to?
It is a 50/50 between showing people respect and showing you have integrity, which I guess you could sum up as “be genuine” as a single factor? When comedians who work with us get offered a spot on a project, they know that we value them, and will also look out for their best interests. We don’t chase clout, or put up with nonsense, and I think we’ve shown that people are attracted to that. We run things as a meritocracy, which in comedy means we gravitate to the funnier performers, versus someone with a weaker act but a huge social media following, for example. Sounds intuitive, but you’d be surprised!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It isn’t always easy to believe in yourself, but even when you may be lacking confidence, always stand up for yourself! People all start somewhere, but the path you take to your goal doesn’t have to be what people try to force on you. You can choose who you listen to, who you work with, and what you do. It’s okay to draw those lines, and to limit yourself from working with people who don’t share your beliefs, intentions or vision. You also don’t need to let someone who has more success than you have intimidate you. This ties back to being genuine, and it always helps in the long run. Never do something that is “not you” to get anything or anywhere. Letting people know where you stand is also letting them know who you are.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Of course my best friend would be visiting during the next LIAR Comedy live “Locked In A Room” stand-up showcase. They would have known the date by following us on IG @liarcomedy. This is my best friend, after all! For the other six days/nights we’d spend our time, and a small fortune, overloading the jukebox at the Frolic Room. My best friend would wake up the last day, duct-taped naked to the “H” in the Hollywood sign. Best vacation ever.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So I never would have met the co-creator of LIAR, Keith Graber, if it wasn’t for our mutual “comedy mom”, Sally Mullins. Sally is a hilarious LA-based comedian, and if you want to find out for yourself, you can check out her Amazon Prime special “Sally Mullins: Sleazy Does It”. She was a mentor and friend to me throughout most of my time doing stand-up, and used to run the best open mic in Los Angeles, where we became good friends. She literally talked me into trying stand-up on Zoom during the pandemic, and it was in that Zoom that I met Keith, and we decided to start running open mics and shows. We owe her all our success.
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