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Dave Nadelberg on building Mortified Nation into a nationally watched event
Imagine getting up in front of a room full of strangers and telling them your most private, most embarrassing secrets. You read from pages of your childhood diary, pages that don’t particularly make you look good.
And then those strangers erupt in applause. You’ve not only made them laugh, you made them feel a little better about themselves, their flaws, and secrets. You’ve soothed their fears that they each may be the only weirdo in the room.
Imagine doing this night after night, in city after city, and getting thousands of others to do the same thing.
That’s what Dave Nadelberg does. He’s the leader of the Mortified Nation, who — in a series of live events around the country, on podcasts, and even on Netflix — are more than willing to spill their guts for your entertainment and catharsis.
In our interview, we explore his journey from frustrated creative to reluctant folk hero, learning some important lessons along the way:
- How he uses his community to keep him true to the brand
- Where he draws the lines of political correctness
- When to let Hollywood in, and when to keep it out
I hope you’ll join us on this journey. Check out the Mortified podcast here, and send us your thoughts and suggestions here. Don’t forget to leave comments on the Soundcloud and share it with your friends.