Andy Nulman
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.

Entries by Andy Nulman

What I Learned This Week: How and When to Say Goodbye

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 9:31 PM

I've never been good at long goodbyes, so let's try to make this brief, shall we?

After eight years and three months of blogging (yes, it's been going on for many years before I hit the pages of the Huffington Post), a lengthy period of discipline, dedication, research and introspection...

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What I Learned This Week: The Top Five Lessons of 2014 (Plus One!)

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Well, it's that time of the year again, when the media -- new, old and everything in between, including this blog -- fixates on compiling its Year-End List.

While the act of "Listification" seems to have suffered a bad rap due to overuse by content farms and click-bait websites,...

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What I Learned This Week: The Case for Triple-Checking

(1) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 8:48 AM


On Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3:00 p.m. sharp, I sat down at the Vic Park gym with trainer Haskel Garmaise to re-launch my intense workout regime with a brand new, multi-disciplinary program.

That is not the important part of this post.

To get...

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What I Learned This Week: Why We Long For a Time When Trivial Matters Become Important

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 5:43 AM


I have a friend who is currently going through the type of health-related family anguish you should never know... but given the way life (and death) works, you probably will at one time or another.

While I won't reveal his identity for...

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What I Learned This Week: The Heavy Power of Light

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:32 PM


"Let there be light!"

It's the third line in the I guess it must be important.

And perhaps at no time is it more important than right now, particularly in my hometown Montreal, where holiday lighting brightens up not just...

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What I Learned This Week: The Difference Between Men and Women, Part 843

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 11:26 PM


Please excuse the sucky title and its allusion to a million or so hack comedy routines on the same subject. I trust this post will be somewhat less hackneyed and thank you in advance for jumping to the next line.

On Saturday,...

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What I Learned This Week: Make Accidents Happen

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:41 AM


"Oh I just don't know where to begin..." sang Elvis Costello in his 1979 (somewhat) hit song Accidents Will Happen.

But I DO know where to begin, and that's on the wall between the door and the massive window...

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What I Learned This Week: Next To Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 10:08 PM


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


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 | 10:18 AM


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 | 11:24 AM


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 | 11:05 AM


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 | 10:47 PM


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 | 12:07 AM


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 | 12:53 PM


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 28, 2014 | 11:56 PM


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 | 12:16 PM


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 | 1:00 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 | 12:17 PM


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 | 1:56 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 | 12:27 PM


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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