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March 15, 2024 โ€ข 78 mins

Ever dream of ditching your day job for the roar of the comedy club crowd? Our guest, comedian Claudia Bonavita, traded in her special ed classroom for the comedy club stage. This hilarious episode dives into her journey: the joys (and chaos) of teaching, the unexpected switch to stand-up, and her documentary that exposes the "By Day, By Night" lives of entertainers (hint: it's way more interesting than you think).
Get ready for a healthy dose of inspiration, a sprinkle of teaching war stories (we all need a laugh, right?), and a crash course in comedy creation from someone who truly walked the walk. Plus, Claudia spills the tea on her documentary which perfectly aligns with our love of peeking behind the curtain of funny people. Subscribe for more eye-popping tales, and share your own wild career pivot in the comments!
0:00 - Intro
4:04 - Early Morning Routine
5:52 - Transition to Teaching Career
9:22 - Special Education Experience
15:23 - Evolution of Autism Education
18:50 - Children vs Parents Challenges
20:44 - Importance of Parent Training
23:17 - Comedy Career Beginnings
25:35 - Stand-Up Comedy Inspiration
35:10 - Comedy Scene Insights
37:00 - Embracing Opportunities in Comedy
38:50 - Stand-Up Comedy Mishaps
39:52 - Balancing Offense and Humor
43:05 - Podcast Appearance Reason
46:05 - Documentary Creation Process
49:00 - Selecting Documentary Subjects
56:00 - Documentary First Draft Journey
59:21 - Behind the Scenes Work
1:03:04 - Tips for Getting Comedy Gigs
1:13:50 - Teaching Comedy Aspirations
1:15:38 - Claudia Bonavitaโ€™s Contact Info
1:16:20 - Documentary Viewing Details
1:17:00 - Appreciation Note
1:18:20 - Podcast Outro
Claudia began her career as a Special Education Teacher in 1988. In 2019, Claudia took a Stand-up comedy class and hit the stage performing stand-up. She has met some very interesting people while performing stand-up. She thought of the idea for this movie and contacted a young director she knew who told her to "write a treatment."
Check out her website for the documentary!
& trailer.
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๐ŸŽค Creator & Host: Deadair Dennis Maler
๐ŸŒŸ Presented By: Big Comedy Network
๐ŸŽถ Music: Scott Lester & The Dirty Dottys
๐ŸŽจ Cover Art: April Richelle
๐Ÿ™Œ Special Thanks: Ewan Gotfryd
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