QUESTION FOR DAN:
I was talking with a guy recently who mentioned O'LINERS. I remember
sitting outside my little apartment in Wichita Falls, TX, in '85
when I had just started doing mornings using 'em as part of my
show prep on a Sunday evening...
Anyway, we talked about how you held the record for clients!
Is that true? What's your secret? And why did you give it up?!?
I really have no idea what the record is for subscribers to a
comedy service. Certainly the field was less crowded when I began
O'LINERS in 1976. And unlike most services which to this day are
run as part-time ventures by jocks (or by others), O'LINERS was
my full-time job for the first 11 years. Probably my biggest "secret"
was I was too naive to know I couldn't support myself that way,
so I went ahead and did it. I also think I'm a good comedy writer.
I gave it up in 1991 because in 1987 I began doing seminars....and
I ended up working 90 hours a week, writing O'LINERS on airplanes
to & from seminars, and just generally exhausting myself.
Ironically, stopping O'LINERS probably is the bravest career move
I ever made...much braver than starting it. I knew I couldn't
keep up that pace and just decided to trust that somehow I would
replace the income O'LINERS represented for me.