Art Bell is a former TV executive who founded The Comedy Channel, which eventually became Comedy Central. He continued his television career as President of CourtTV. After Art left the TV business, he took to writing and penned his new memoir: Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humour.
On today's call, Art and I discuss the origin of Comedy Central, and we dig deep into the creative processes, the business of comedy, and the up and down journey that entrepreneurs and creatives go through.
In this broadcast,Artand I talk about:
How Art founded Comedy Central
The inspiration behind his book Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humour
Why you need to use every skill in your toolkit, no matter the job
How Art managed the leaps between professions
The importance of knowing and believing that your idea is inevitable and how to use that knowledge to make it happen
The various ways Art bootstrapped his idea for Comedy Central
The single thing people are looking for when you pitch an idea
Art’s best tips for divvying up roles after a merger or acquisition
Some of Art’s most creative ideas when it comes to marketing
Art’s best advice for creatives wanting to make a name for themselves
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