By Tim Washer
In Late Night
John Oliver talked to NPR about his summer experience of trying to fill adult clown shoes on ‘The Daily Show.’ He’s been a huge success, but I’m guessing when he received the invite, at least at one point, he had cold feet.
For me, when big opportunity has knocked, I have refused to answer plenty of times, feeling that I was unqualified. But over the last 10 years, I’ve come to realize that feeling unqualified is a rare and precious certain sign that I should run through the door with reckless abandon. It started with my first TV commercial, “Filibuster.” More on that story on a future blog post. As Del Close used to preach to improvisers, “Follow the fear.”
Oliver outlined his process for preparing to take on the big role. These steps in FastCompany Co.Create should be used for anyone taking on a big endeavor in business, sports, life or baking, especially “Be ready to fail.” and also “watch unedited tapes of Stephen Colbert interviews.’
Congrats, Mr. Oliver.
From LaughSpin: “John Oliver’s 10 best moments on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”