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Think, Prepare and Leap…to Chicago

It’s been two weeks since I moved to Chicago to pursue Stand-up comedy and to teach Yoga in the third most populous city in America (about 2.7 million residents).  And what a city it is, with more than 50 million visitors last year alone, the “Windy City” has breathtaking historical architecture and world class culture including public art, theater and improvisational comedy, not to mention all the jazz, blues and house music. And don’t forget professional sports, which I should know since I’m currently living three blocks away from Wrigley Field…Go Cubbies!

And if you haven’t seen the sunrise over Lake Michigan, you should try it sometime. But wait, what about “I Love LA” and 9 years worth of plying my craft and producing 20+ hours of instructional Yoga videos throughout the streets of Hollywood? It’s all preparation for what comes next, and it’s all part of life’s wonderful journey. If you ask me I’ll always say never be afraid to take a chance on yourself, regardless of how scary it may be – or seem to be – to leave behind what you know best, i.e., your comfort zone.

The good news is Chicago’s not too foreign to me because I did spend two years here during my grad-school days at The Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Albeit, I spent most of my time in the comfy confines of Evanston, but of course I did venture down to bars in Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park and Rush Street for the occasional ruckus with my buddies – which you’ll know if you read my wild and witty memoir, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood.

So never be afraid to LEAP…just make sure your move is well thought-out and even planned, although too much thinking and planning may lead to inaction (not a good thing). And if you make it to Chicago, give me a shout and come take my Yoga class.

Which, by the way, as of today I’m teaching at all 9 locations of Chicago’s premier fitness club, Chicago Athletic Clubs. In honor of National Yoga Month, I’ll be teaching a special class on Sunday, September 27th at the Lincoln Square location. Hope to see you there! Peace – R

Stand-up in the East Village NYC & next show in LA

eastvillecomedy clubHappy Cinco de Mayo everyone…hope you’re having an awesome day!

I’m looking forward to returning to NYC next week and will be performing at the EastVille Comedy Club on 85 E. 4th Street next Tuesday, May 12th starting at 6p.  My next LA show will be at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank on Saturday, May 23rd from 7:30-9p in the YooHoo Room.

Good stuff all around as I continue to write new Stand-up material and learn that just because you have a great Topic and a Premise, doesn’t mean you’ll have a great joke. Thus the need to keep re-working your material again and again, once you’ve tried it in public.

Like I did at my recent Flappers show on April 24th. It’s always a rush when you get when you get up on stage, plus you learn a lot about what jokes are working as well as get accustomed to both hot and cold audiences. Quite a journey, and one that gets better with each performance.

Keep believing you can & sit tall in the saddle. And don’t forget your daily workout! Peace – R

Tola Talks the Top 10 Reasons to Live in LA

I love LA! And here’s my Top 10 Reasons to Live in LA. Plus, celebrity shout-outs to Angelina Jolie for her latest surgery, and to Little League icon Mo-ne Davis for having a heart and offering a second chance to the college baseball player who got kicked off his team for a racial tweet. Thanks for tuning in – R. Watch weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and all social: @richtola

Tola Talks Movie Monday & Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild”

Tola Talks about father & sons surviving 10 days in the Australian Outback, Hyperloop passenger trains that can get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1 hour, and classic American beers losing market share to the Craft breweries. On Movie Monday, Rich also reviews the heartfelt and gut-wrenching – and anything is possible – Reese Witherspoon film, Wild. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.  All social: @richtola

Tola Talks w/ Social Media Expert & Publicist Jana Khamo

 

Tola Talks about The Oxford Dictionary & 2014’s Word of the Year (Vape), Senior citizens & the Milken Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging report (Madison, WI ranked #1), police brutality & rape in Ferguson, MO, the Honduran Beauty Queen and the search for her whereabouts weeks before the Miss World pageant, plus the Get Your S#!T Together Award goes to the 26 year-old woman who’s marrying the notorious 80-year killer with a cult following,Charles Manson. Rich also talks all things Social Media & Public Relations with our Tola Talks publicist, Jana Khamo. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks w/ Hall of Fame Adult Entertainer Bill Margold

 

Tola Talks with Adult Entertainment legend and Hall of Fame-er who performed in more 300 films & videos, Bill Margold. In addition to stories about the early days of Porn, on Throwback Thursdays Rich takes us back to 1972 and also talks about street abductions in Philly, Black Hawk helicopters dropping candy to a private residence on Halloween, Microsoft giving away the free Office app, brown bears in Alaska mauling a hunter, plus the Get Your S#!T Together Award to the waitress in Atlantic City, NJ who sold unsuspecting diners a $3,750 bottle of wine.

Watch weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks' Rich Tola and Adult Entertainment legend and Hall of Famer, Bill Margold

Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with Adult Entertainment legend and Hall of Famer, Bill Margold

 

Tola Talks Movie Mondays & Keanu Reeves’ John Wick


Tola Talks about High School students & terror in Washington, disappearing Dads & stadium searches, NFL rookies & stupid mistakes, plus new Alcoholism applications and simple mind tricks to get the most out of your workout. On Movie Mondays, Rich and guest co-host Troy Titus-Adams also review the new Keanu Reeves action-thriller, John Wick. 

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

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