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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The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:26 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 | 6:17 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 | 11:32 AM

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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 | 12:23 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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What I Learned This Week: Screw the "Other People"

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:10 AM

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I was having breakfast with a successful TV producer friend of mine, and we were discussing the determining factors of success and failure in business. Not just "our" business of show, but business in general.

The primary success factor was blatantly...

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What I Learned This Week: Comparing Apples and Pears

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:44 PM

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One great thing about striving to learn at least one something every week is that one never knows where the next nugget of inspiration will come from.

For me, this week's was found at the bottom of a box that contained my weekly...

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What I Learned This Week: What I Would Do If I Were 22 (Again!)

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:31 AM

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A few weeks back, Dan Roth, the Executive Editor of LinkedIn, tossed me a challenge for the month of June. In an email, he wrote: "We are asking you to help guide the graduating class of 2014 -- and all young...

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What I Learned This Week: The Foolproof Secret to Going Viral

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 11:47 PM

It has become the social media question for the ages, one that defines our era:

"How do I make my YouTube video/Facebook post/blog post/etc. go viral?"

I was asked it twice last week alone; once while speaking at a Content Marketing conference put on by Infopresse, the other time...

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What I Learned This Week: Doubling Up on a Word or Phrase Kills It

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 11:21 PM

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You'll never know what lesson you'll learn just by keeping your ears open. To wit, last week, I was a guest at a tribute roast event at my synagogue. I specify the "guest" status blatantly, as most times, my attendance at one of...

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What I Learned This Week: How To Handle the "Uh-Oh! Moment"

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 12:31 PM

In last week's amazingly bright blog post (hey, selling one's self is a relentless job these days!), I referenced the "Ah-ha! Moment," that positive pin-point in time when something just clicks, the answer is clear and blatantly obvious, the future bright and plain to see.

This week, I'd...

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What I Learned This Week: The Three-Word Secret to Tourism Success

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:15 PM

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You should know this by now -- I try to spend much of my life learning. It's my driving force, my passion and the raison d'etre of this blog.

Most of the time, my learning comes unintentionally. Sparks ignite from things I...

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What I Learned This Week -- The Most Important Thing for Artists to Create

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:46 AM

A decade ago, I composed a foreword to a book called "Business Skills for Creative Souls." A corporate primer for artistic types put out by Montreal's do-gooding Youth Employment Services, the guidebook outlined the fundamental business knowledge every artist needed -- and probably overlooked -- to ensure that...

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What I Learned This Week: It's What You Are, Not Where You Are

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Many moons ago, fresh out of university and in the process of launching my own marketing and promotion agency, I shared an office with a grizzled vet of the retail franchising industry. He was obsessively methodical about everything, including delivering long-winded sermons for my real-world educational purposes.

One day,...

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What I Learned This Week: The Exponential Value of Doing Your Homework

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:37 PM

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Last week, I spent two days up north -- WAY up north, to be specific -- in Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada's Yukon. This was only my second time ever this "high up" the world (I had been...

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What I Learned This Week: How Fans Have Blown Audiences Away

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 8:05 AM

As you read this, I am off on a flight to San Francisco, where I'll be one of the speakers at a unique, internal YouTube conference just across the bridge in San Bruno, California. Called "Immersion," the event showcases YouTube content to advertisers and brands, somewhat like the TV networks...

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What I Learned This Week: The Precarious Future of Voting

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Well, cross another one off the bucket list, as last Monday I made my debut as a TV political commentator.

The occasion was a momentous one -- the most recent Quebec election, one which saw the governing PQ swept out by a massive Liberal tidal wave following...

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What I Learned This Week: Dogs Are Animals, But People Are Pigs

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:24 AM

I just returned from a most interesting walk with my two dogs where I was -- or more specifically, they were -- assailed for ruining the Spring season.

It happened a mere block away from my residence, near a grimy patch of exhaust-fume-encrusted snow upon which my male dog Rawqui...

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What I Learned This Week: De Dirt on Debates

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

Given that Quebeckers are facing yet another pivotal election on April 7, over the past couple of weeks, I paid close attention to the two political "debates" held between the leaders of the province's four main parties.

I bracket the word "debates" with quotation marks, as these two two-hour sessions...

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What I Learned This Week: Here Are The Crayons

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Since January, I've been teaching a somewhat different type of course at McGill University. While saddled with the unfortunate standard curriculum name "Marketing and Society," the class is anything but.

Given carte blanche, I put together more of a "marketing TO society" approach, and focused on the YouTube platform...

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Why Sending Loyal Customers Away Is Great For Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 12:19 PM

When I was in my final year of high school, some of the more shall we say "sensitive" types accessorized their graduation bios with a floral quote that went:

"If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it's yours.
If it doesn't,...

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