I’m excited to report that my latest sketch has gone viral on Facebook!
6 days after posting, it’s at 424,000+ views and 11,000+ shares.
Check it out for yourself:
Hipster vs Old School
Posted by Ben Rosenfeld on Thursday, March 29, 2018
For the past nine years, I set goals at the start of the year and then review how I did at the end of the year [see 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009]. I’m not sure if this is actually working anymore, as the goals have been pretty similar the last few years and I only look at this post the first and last day of the year, but at this point it’s a tradition, plus I do think subconsciously it helps, so here go my goals for this year.
One thing I’m doing differently this year, I’ve put “process goals” (aka things I can control) in black, and “goal goals” (aka thing that depend on other people as well as me) in grey text. There’s an extra line break in between the two.
I have more goals this year (15 up from 11 last year) and then whittled down my top 4. If I nail 3 out of these top 4 goals, and don’t achieve a single one of the others, I’ll consider it a very good year.
Top 4 Goals (Out of 15)
On January 1st, 2017 I posted my goals for this year. Since it’s the last day of the year, it’s time to go through them and see how I did. Black text is the original goal and bold text is how I did.
Performing (2 out of 5 accomplished)
Writing/Producing (1 out of 2 accomplished)
Learning (2 of 2 accomplished)
Financials (0 of 1 accomplished)
Misc (0 of 1 accomplished)
Top 4 Goals (Out of 11) (1 out of 4 accomplished)
I’m thrilled to announce that my third stand up comedy album, The United States of Russia, will be released on Friday January 19, 2018 and it is now available for pre-order on iTunes.*
*You may get an error when clicking the above link and need to search for my name instead, and then select the new album to pre-buy it. This is an iTunes bug.
If you’re going to buy my album, please consider buying it before Jan 19 as all pre-orders count towards the first day sales figure – which is a fancy way of saying, my best chance to get to the top of the iTunes comedy chart is on that first day from pre-sales.
I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be recording my third live stand up comedy album (to be released by Comedy Dynamics) at The People’s Improv Theatre in New York City on Sunday September 24th.
Comedian Ben Rosenfeld, a Russian born Jew based in New York City, covers such topics as his being raised by loveably insane Russian immigrant parents, American politics through an outsider’s perspective and his recent decision to get married – mostly to make his jokes more relatable.
Ben’s second album, “The Russian Optimist,” reached Amazon’s Top 5 best selling comedy albums. Now Ben returns to record his third live stand up comedy album, “The United States of Russia.” If you like your laughs sprinkled in with intelligence and thought provoking points, you’ll love Ben’s newest hour.
There will be two shows – 7PM and 9PM – both at The PIT Underground. Doors open 20 minutes before showtime.
Ben Rosenfeld creates smarter comedy for smarter people. Ben’s comedy blends his family’s experience as Russian Jewish immigrants in America with his philosophical beliefs, political observations and unique characters. Ben has appeared on FOX’s Laughs, CBS This Morning, National Geographic’s Brain Games, NPR Weekend Edition, SiriusXM Radio, Rooftop Comedy and been featured as TimeOut New York’s Joke of the Week. He has twice headlined at Caroline’s on Broadway, hosted at the Lincoln Center and performs nightly in New York City. Ben has two comedy albums, Neuro Comedy (2012 – iTunes | Amazon ) and The Russian Optimist (2016 – iTunes | Amazon | Google Play – released by Comedy Dynamics / New Wave Entertainment) – which has been an Amazon Top 5 Best Selling Comedy Album. Ben also created the illustrated coffee table book, Russian Optimism: Dark Nursery Rhymes To Cheer You Right Up, an Amazon Top 5 Best Seller in Humor Books.
Ben’s record label is New Wave / Comedy Dyanamics. They are the largest independent stand-up comedy production and distribution company, producing Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History for History, Animal Planet’s Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson, the new scripted comedy on Seeso, There’s … Johnny, History’s Join Or Die with Craig Ferguson, MTV2’s Wild ‘N On Tour, Hulu’s Coming To The Stage, and MTV’s Spooning with…Zac Efron. The company has worked with a wide-range of established and emerging comedic talent including Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Katt Williams and many more. Comedy Dynamics is available on most streaming platforms including: Hulu, Roku, iOS, Amazon, and Android.
Comedy Dynamics Records’ album Louis C.K. Live At Madison Square Garden won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2016. In total, eight of Comedy Dynamics’ albums produced between 2013-2015 have been Grammy-nominated.
I’m excited to announce I’ve been named as one of the “40 Best Up and Coming Comedians” – the list is alphabetical by last name, so you’ll have to scroll down for a while to see me.
My favorite quote from it is, after explaining how I perform “smarter comedy for smarter people” the article goes on to say, “Don’t worry if you’re stupid. Rosenfeld will still make you laugh.”
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Many people think a comedian only gets paid to perform live comedy into a microphone in front of an audience. But did you know that there’s at least 20 other ways comedians make income?
Until you have the name recognition of Bill Burr or Louis CK, making money in comedy, particularly stand up comedy, can be quite the up and down adventure. For most comedians I know, the key to staying afloat and not needing a day job is multiple income streams.
Here’s all the ways I make money as a professional comedian:
Here’s other ways that comedians I know make money (in addition to all the ways I listed above):
Conclusion: There’s more than one way to make rent, it’s about staying flexible, finding your niche, always improving, always creating and always hustling.
For the past eight years, I set goals at the start of the year and then reviewed how I did at the end of the year [see 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009]. I feel like this is working for me, in the sense of helping me focus my time, so here go my goals for this year. I have fewer goals this year (11 down from 19 last year) and then whittled down my top 4. I think I have fewer goals because the longer I do this, the more some things become automatic and don’t have to be tracked as goals, and the fewer things I actually care about. If I nail 3 out of these top 4 goals, and don’t achieve a single one of the others, I’ll consider it a very good year.
Top 4 Goals (Out of 11)
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