Barry Katz

In this episode of For Badass Entrepreneurs ONLY!, Coach Dan Gordon sits down with Barry Katz, an Emmy and Grammy-nominated producer who helped launch the careers of Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Dave Chappelle, and many more. Barry shares his journey, insights into the comedy industry, and the importance of resilience and taking risks. Tune in to learn how to create unforgettable moments and succeed in any hard-track industry!

Five Badass Q&As
Q1: What defines a holy shit moment in entertainment?
A1: A holy shit moment surprises and delights the audience, like the twist at the end of the movie *Saw* or an unexpected winning goal in sports.
Q2: How do you handle adversity in your entrepreneurial journey?
A2: Embrace setbacks as opportunities for growth. When Barry lost a significant client, he saw it as a chance to discover new talent like Dane Cook, who revolutionized comedy through social media.
Q3: What advice did Rita Rudner give her daughter about adversity?
A3: She told her daughter, I can give you everything you need to succeed, but I can’t provide you with adversity. Adversity builds resilience and character.
Q4: How did Barry Katz break into the comedy industry?
A4: Barry started as a standup comedian but found his true calling in managing and producing, helping comedians like Dave Chappelle and Dane Cook succeed.
Q5: What is the most exciting part of Barry’s work?
A5: The unknown and the potential for magical moments that surprise and inspire people, which drives Barry’s passion for his work.

Five Badass Quotes
1. Success is a series of holy shit moments.
2. In business, you must pretend snipers are in the trees.
3. Adversity is what builds character and resilience.
4. The unknown is the most magical part of life.
5. Put yourself out there, and don’t fear the unknown.

Five Badass Takeaways
1. Embrace adversity as an opportunity for growth and resilience.
2. Success often comes from unexpected opportunities and the willingness to take risks.
3. Surround yourself with talented individuals and create chemistry for success.
4. Stay resilient and detached from outcomes to keep moving forward.
5. Constantly put yourself out there and act on your ideas.

Contact Info
Barry Katz Website:
Text GAP to 213.409.8366 for a free Dan Gordon book copy.

0:00 Introduction
1:00 Barry Katz’s Journey in Comedy
2:00 Overcoming I’m Gonna Syndrome
4:00 The Power of Taking Action
6:00 Barry Katz’s Achievements
8:00 Creating Holy Shit Moments
10:00 Handling Adversity and Change
Noon Resilience and Moving Forward
14:00 The Unknown and Its Magic
16:00 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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