Andy Nulman
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President of Just For Laughs, world's biggest comedy organization. Former highly-successful mobile tech entrepreneur. Risky and dangerous public speaker. Riskier public dresser. Prolific author and blogger. Ageless hockey player. Gutsy rock singer. Sweaty gym rat. Loves heavy jewelry, adorable dogs, eye-popping art and excessive adjectives. Needs longer bio for full appreciation.

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What I Learned This Week: Next To Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:08 PM

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This is one of the shortest blog posts I've ever composed.

Why?

Because I don't have much to say.

This happens on occasion with yours truly, and as I've come to notice these days, much more often with others.

Yet over the past...

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What I Learned This Week: Why Normal is a Necessity

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 11:18 AM

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Just got back from a thoroughly enjoyable long weekend in New York. Saw two plays (The River, with Hugh Jackman, and the spectacular A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and a musical...

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What I Learned This Week: Avoid Asshole Ammunition

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:24 PM

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Last week, I had the pleasure of mentoring two sharp young men. By day, they have marketing jobs, but by night and over weekends, they are prepping an entrepreneurial endeavour, and asked me to offer up some advice on the concept.

Not that...

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What I Learned This Week: Budgeting For Stupidity

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:05 PM

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I am writing this post mid-Saturday afternoon... and I am wasting a substantial sum of money while doing so.

To explain (without getting into too much detail to exacerbate the situation and inflate the already-ridiculous financial tally), I am currently embroiled...

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What I Learned This Week: A Checklist to Guarantee Passion in Your Projects

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 11:47 PM

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As mentioned in a post a couple months back, I carry a journal with me just about all the time, which I fill with copious thoughts, notes, ideas and random observations.

Most of these scribblings make no sense to anyone...

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What I Learned This Week: It's The Frills That Bring The Thrills

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:07 AM

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During the Jewish Holidays last week, the two words I heard most often (other than "Shana Tovah," which means "Happy New Year") were "Nice suit!"

I heard it on three separate days, and heard it often for each different suit. Whether I was...

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What I Learned This Week: Is Good News the Cure for a Cold?

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Yech.

I spent much of last week saddled with a nagging cold, one that wouldn't fully break though into need for bed rest, but left me sniffly, blocked up, achy, feverish and functionally miserable for six straight days.

Being the quasi-hypochondriac that I am, I attack every cold the same...

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What I Learned This Week: Always Sign Your Work

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 12:56 AM

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A friend and former business partner reached out to me last week with a very specific request:

"Do you know of a good marketing copywriter?"

I kicked it around my head for a while, but unfortunately, nobody came to mind. Then I...

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What I Learned This Week: Where the Opportunity Lies

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:16 PM

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During the last Quebec election campaign, I found myself engaged in a lot of high-profile media drumbeating about how to improve the future of my beloved hometown of Montreal. Using newspaper editorials, blog posts, TV appearances, radio interviews and personal appearances, I pounded...

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What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM

The question is a touchy one no matter where it comes from, but the fact that it came from my elder son Aidan made it that much more thorny.

"Dad," he asked, "I have a potential business trip that may conflict with one of the family celebrations we have scheduled,...

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What I Learned This Week: Don't Stop Believing

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 1:17 PM

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I first met photographer Stephane Najman in 2009 (that's him above, with me). He came highly recommended as someone whose camera truly sees things differently, an outlook I needed given that I was in the need for a back-page author's portrait for

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What I *Wrote* This Week: The World's Greatest Card Trick

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 2:56 AM

Some veg out by a beach. Others sight-see incessantly.

But for me, vacation time allows me to catch up on two passions, namely reading and writing.

Over the past two weeks in Maine, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, other than eating a ton of seafood, I ripped through three...

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What Visiting Alinea Restaurant Taught Me About Business

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 1:27 PM

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Here's the second of two vacation-inspired re-posts, this one from a trip to Chicago in August of 2009. If you enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed its subject, you will love it.

Here's a big statement to start:

A dinner at...
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What I Learned This Week (Seven Years Ago): Why Cycling is Like Business

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:23 AM

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I'm off on vacation for a couple of weeks, but as I like to do at these times, I comb my archives to find a couple of reruns from many moons ago that simultaneously reference the time period (i.e. an August past) and...

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What I Learned This Week: There's Nothing Wrong With Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 1:35 PM

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Throughout the more than 1,000 blog posts I've written about lessons learned, most have been sparked by things I personally observed or experienced. Despite the fact that I read voraciously and search the 'Net incessantly to keep ideas flowing, rare is the blog...

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What I Learned This Week: What Works (For Me, At Least)

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:27 AM

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One thing I've learned over the course of close to eight years on consistent blogging is that you never, ever, EVER know which post will resonate.

Sometimes, you feel like you are floating on a cloud of greatness as words of sheer genius...

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The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 2:26 PM

They came at me so quickly, they would've been overlooked and forgotten if they weren't so damn powerful.

Two magical words. Describing an act often performed, but rarely acknowledged.

Here's the story behind them.

I was having a discussion with my colleague Evi Regev about a TV show we are...

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What I Learned This Week: How YouTube Will Change Comedy Forever

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:17 PM

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A curse, and a blessing.

A plague, and a lifeblood.

A death knell, and a resurrection.

Given that I'm currently in the throes of all things comedic during the 32nd annual Just For Laughs Festival, I was challenged with the question: "What's the...

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What I Learned This Week: The Danger of Imagination

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:32 PM

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Next to "E=MC squared," perhaps the most famous quote to emerge from Albert Einstein's mouth is the oft-cited:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."


While the meaning of these words is primary and easily understood, their use...

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What I Learned This Week -- What To Do When You Don't Remember Their Name

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:23 AM

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I attended a cultural event over the weekend, and following the evening's performance, I gathered with the rest of the crowd in the lobby of a theater for a drink and some socializing.

Now I'm not great in these circumstances in general, but...

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