This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, my guest is Mike Sacks. He wrote And Here’s The Kicker, one of my all-time favorite books and something anyone even kinda interested in comedy should read. His follow-up, Poking A Dead Frog, comes out June 24th.
In this episode, I ask Mike a lot of question about interviews. He suggests (sorta) that I start a feature where I ask follow-up questions and post them with the interview. I thought it’d be fun to do that here. Here’s two bonus questions I asked after the interview, and Mike’s responses -
After interviewing so many people, do you feel obligated to do other people’s interviews?
I do, yes. Not sure “obligated” is the right word, but is it that difficult to talk on the phone for an hour or to sit at my desk and write out answers? Not very difficult. I worked retail for ten years, and that was more difficult. It’s kind of a pet-peeve of mine when I reach out for an interview request and never hear back. I don’t at all mind someone saying “no,” but when someone doesn’t get back at all, it kind of bothers me. Isn’t that part of your job, in a sense?
After conducting so many interviews, how does it feel to be on the other side?
It feel great. To prepare for an interview takes a tremendous amount of work (to do it right, anyway). On the other hand, to just sit and gab and answer someone else’s questions isn’t so difficult, especially when the interviewer is good. When it’s bad, it can be kind of annoying. Almost like going on a bad date. A lot of silences and uncomfortable small talk. But most of the time it’s great and fun. It’s like letting someone else drive for once, while you get to look out the window and daydream.
You can listen to Mike look out the window and daydream on iTunes or JeffRubinJeffRubinShow.com,