Matt Ruby on Learning the Realities of Working in Comedy

In Chapter 7 of 19 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, standup comedian Matt Ruby answers "How Are Your Comedy Career Aspirations Changing as You Gain Experience?"  As Ruby gains experience performing comedy, he gets more exposure to what life looks like working in comedy.  Experience allows him to look beyond the glamorized life of a working standup comedian.  He learns the costs and benefits of the standup lifestyle and begins finding new options - writing, directing, producing - that emerge as he builds experience. 

Matt Ruby is a standup comedian and comedy writer based in New York City.  He produces a video comic strip at, co-produces the weekly show "Hot Soup", co-hosts the monthly show "We're All Friends Here", and writes a comedy blog "Sandpaper Suit".  Ruby graduated from Northwestern University.