Art Bell | Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor

Show Notes

As an entrepreneur, you will encounter countless adversity and on today’s show Clay Clark and Dr. Z shares how to overcome adversity while maintaining a positive mental attitude and then Art Bell, the founder of Comedy Central joins us to share about his new book, How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor.

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NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude – your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.”  – Napoleon Hill

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy

  1. Yes, yes, yes and yes! Thrivetime Nation on today’s show we are interviewing the founder of Comedy Central! Art Bell welcome onto the Thrivetime Show! How are you sir!?
  2. I know that you’ve had a ton of success at this point in your career, but I would love to start off at the bottom and the very beginning of your career. What was your life like growing up and where did you grow up?
  3. Art Bell, I understand that in 1988, you were a young mid-level employee who pitched the concept for a television channel focused just on comedy to the chairman of HBO, tell us the story about how you got the idea and what happened when you made the pitch?
  4. How did the pitch eventually become a TV channel?
  5. When did you first feel like you were truly beginning to gain traction with your career?
  6. What was the most challenging aspect of growing Comedy Central?
  7. Art, your new book is titled, Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor…what inspired you to write the book?
  8. In your book title you mention that you “lost your sense of humor.” What do you mean by that?
  9. I understand that you have an eye for talent…how did you find Jon Stewart?
  10.  Art Bell who are some of your favorite comedians in the past?
  11. Who are some of your favorite current comedians?
  12. Art Bell What mentor has made the biggest impact on your career thus far?
  13. What message or principle that you wish you could teach everyone?
  14. You are super successful, but what do you struggle with the most…what is your weakness…what is your kryptonite? 
  15. Art Bell You’ve got the mic, what is one thing that you want to share with the Thrive Nation before you drop the mic?
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