This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with comedian (and motivational speaker) Guy Fessenden, performing in the Delirious Comedy Club at the Downtown Grand. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Guy talks about the challenges of becoming a comedian at age 63; why he decided go go into comedy after years of pain and tears; how he runs a not-for-profit agency during the day and performs at night; the obligations of an “opener” in a comedy club; why, once you do stand up, you “don’t have to fear anything in life”; how he uses humor in his public speaking; why mental illness is an important subject for his public speaking as well as part of his family life.
Guy is a regular performer in Las Vegas and periodically tours the country. In addition, he provides motivational speeches about overcoming obstacles and the importance of remaining positive through all of challenges that we experience in our lives. Guy and his wife, Stephanie, run a not-for-profit agency based in New York that help thousands of people with mental and physical disabilities to connect to housing, benefits, legal and medical services.