284 | Sara Weinshenk | The Grind of Comedy: On Reps, Podcasts, and Persistence

This episode of The Greatness Machine will dive into the inspiring journey of Sara Weinshenk, who has mastered the art of turning struggles into motivation to pursue her passions. Darius and Sara will also talk about the relentless grind of stand-up comedy, the importance of repetition and refinement in perfecting their craft, and the highs and lows of the comedy world.

In this episode, Sara and I talked about:

  • The importance of following one’s passion despite setbacks and societal expectations
  • Sara recalls the challenges of shifting from an unfulfilling job to pursuing comedy
  • How the evolution of social media transformed the landscape for comedians
  • Sara talks about her initial struggles when she began her stand-up career
  • The migration of comedians to Austin during the pandemic
  • Sara shares how her podcasting journey started
  • And other topics…

Meet Sara:

Sara Weinshenk is an American comedian, writer, and actress known for her sharp wit and unique comedic style. Based in Los Angeles, Sara has made a name for herself in the stand-up comedy scene, performing at renowned venues such as The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Laugh Factory. She has appeared on various podcasts and comedy shows, including Comedy Central’s “Roast Battle” and “Shenks for Smoking.” Her comedy often explores personal anecdotes, social commentary, and absurd observations, earning her a loyal following. Beyond stand-up, Sara is also a co-host of the popular podcast “This Bitch” with comedian Kim Congdon, where they discuss a wide range of topics with humor and candor.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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