Episode 34: Tom Shadyac on the Seriousness of Being Funny

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Tom Shadyac has probably made you laugh. He was the youngest ever staff joke writer for Bob Hope and he directed some of the biggest comedy films in recent memory, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Nutty Professor. A lot of people would say Tom has “made it.” Tom would disagree.

                      Tom Shadyac

                     Tom Shadyac

Tom joins Ben and Bob for a conversation about his life and the path that led him to abandon the pursuit of fame and material abundance to focus on helping others. He tells of his 11 year period of unemployment as he struggled to find success in the Los Angeles comedy scene, his relationship with Jim Carrey and how following his own passions led him to take a risk with Ace Ventura. Tom also talks of his approach to teaching film, and explains why he defines success as a state of mind. 

You can find out more about Tom's story and philosophy in his book Life's Operating Manual and his documentary film I Am (which we highly recommend!).

-Tom Shadyac on IMDB
-Tom Shadyac on twitter
-I Am Documentary Website
-Tom Shadyac, Life's Operating Manual: With the Fear and Truth Dialogues (Hay House, 2013)