Why The Boss is the only act in the world I’d stand for hours in
the rain to see.
A definite perk of being a corporate comedian and MC is that I get
to see celebrities, motivational speakers and leaders of all
stripes. Usually their achievements are very impressive and it’s
easy to see why these people are so successful, but often I’m not
sure how their lives really affect mine.
Now, I’m not belittling those who row across the Antarctic
backwards in solar powered flip-flops, but I am saying that these
exploits don’t scare me as much as the fact that I am the father
of and responsible for two daughters.
And although being a Dad might not seem as extreme as
conquering the wilderness, the difference is that when your role
in the life of the Antarctic is done, you don’t care if it loves you
back. It’s the “ordinary” things like caring for your family, doing a
job and living an authentic life that are often the most high-
What has this to do with Bruce Springsteen? Well, we went to his
Johannesburg show. And it rained so hard the horn section had to
use the trombone as a snorkel. There was a danger that the whole
event would be a washout. Then Bruce showed why he’s called
It’s not just that he’s one of the world’s biggest rock stars, it’s
that his performance reached out to each and every one of us in
that downpour and made me feel like he really cared about our
lives. He treated us as if we were exceptional and important and
worthy of respect too. He played a full length, soaking wet,
intensely energetic concert. And he gave a master class in
Whether you’re a musician or a comedian, the concert contained
potent reminders. Below, I’ve listed some of those that resonate
loudest with me.
“Greatest Hits”, Pro–Tips & Life Lessons
There are no ordinary days at the office.
Don’t just put on a show. Build a relationship with your
it’s not a “crowd” or an audience or even a client. It’s a
group of real individuals with real lives and genuine feelings.
Mind where you tread.
Being an entertainer is a privilege, but it’s nothing unless it’s
backed up by professionalism and a strong work ethic.
Words are a very powerful way to connect.
People love to laugh in the rain.
The old “dance like nobody’s watching” cliché is just as
applicable when 60000 people are.
Being passionate is cool.
Work to get a bigger round of applause when you leave than
when you arrived.
So, thanks Bruce. You didn’t only touch my life, you’ve added to
it. And thanks to all of you for reading this. I hope the acts you
watch do as much for you as Springsteen did for us. If not, don’t
you deserve better?
19th FEBRUARY 2014
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Dumb to come in out of the rain