222 | Funny How Dad Life Works (Michael Jr. REPLAY)

222 | Funny How Dad Life Works (Michael Jr. REPLAY)

222 - Michael JR. REPLAY


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Michael Jr.

Known as one of today’s most gifted comedians, Michael Jr. brings laughter and understanding to audiences all over the world. Michael got his start performing at the legendary Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach: home of Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show.” This outstanding performance led to Michael Jr. performing at the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal where he became the first comedian to ever appear live via satellite on “The Tonight Show” which catapulted Michael’s career.

Now, Michael Jr. tours the country using comedy to inspire audiences to activate their purpose and live a life fulfilled. His impactful delivery and versatility has landed him on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, TedX Talks and a keynote for Fortune 500 companies.

Michael has spent a significant portion of his career making laughter commonplace in uncommon places such as homeless shelters and prisons, in addition to empowering his audiences with an appearance in Sony Pictures’ feature film War Room as well as a starring roles in Selfie Dad, and MORE THAN FUNNY.

On the home front, Michael is happily married. He and his wife are the proud parents of five beautiful children.

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Show Notes:

  • 4:45 –  “I have five kids and I have…five extra kids. And what I mean by that is there’s a there’s being a dad and there’s also being a dad like one, because around us there’s always some kids who don’t have a father figure in their life at all.”
  • 5:55 – “The greatest name I’ve ever been called is DAD…I just I think there’s a lot of guys who are missing out on some great opportunities in life… the cool part is, is even where our dads lack, God completely picks up plus some…”
  • 7:39 – Funny How Life Works book
  • 9:36 – “There’s going to be times where things seem rough. You don’t know what to do as a dad. You’re struggling. But just the fact that you’re there, just the fact that you’re present is awesome. But in those times when things are getting hard, the key thing to do is to be still and listen to the Father’s voice because he is talking to you. And what he wants you to know is that he’s right here. He loves you. All you have to do is open your eyes.”
  • 11:17 – “Correct but don’t reject.”
  • 12:43 – “Telling his kids after discipline:  “I just do not like disciplining you. But it is a requirement. It’s what I’m called to do. Otherwise you won’t be prepared for when life tries to discipline you.”
  • 16:14- Addressing the “hecklers” in our lives – often our own negative self-talk.  “You have to address the heckler and use scripture to chase the heckler away.”
  • 17:05 – On stepping out of being amateur as a dad. The oldest dad in the world gave you this assignment, which means you must be ready for it….He is the greatest dad ever. And he looked at you and said, you know what? You’re ready.
  • 17:43 – The impact of his dad apologizing to him. “I remember him apologizing to me and I and I don’t know if he was human before that. Like that’s when he was most human when he apologized… “
  • 18:11 – Tips for having important, hard conversations with your kids.
  • 20:12 – Quote from Funny How Life Works: “Looking back, I now realize that many of the things I resented or found annoying about my earthly father are the very things that allowed me to open the gifts my Heavenly Father had deposited in me. 
  • 23:46 – “So you’re going to make some sort of mistakes. But fellas, I want you to know for sure you are absolutely dadAWESOME, because I got an awesome dad and I know I’m going to be an awesome dad because I’m a give it my all. Even if we’re going the wrong way, I’m going the wrong way all the way, because I’m doing it because I love my kids and they’re going to know that.”
  • 24:55 – The way comedy works is there’s a set up and there’s a punchline. Right? The setup is when a comedian makes you think in one direction. What a punch line is when you change that direction in a way you’re not expecting. The results are revelation, fulfillment and joy expressed through laughter. In life, it’s the same way.
  • 33:49 – So by all means, look for those opportunities to speak into somebody’s life. That base that you got. You got that base for a reason. Some kids need to hear that coming from five feet above them, or a foot above them. Or eye to eye contact or maybe even looking up to them. Just speak into their life.

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