returning to nyc

On March 1, 2015, I left NYC to become a nomad. On September 1, 2016, I’ll be returning to NYC to stop being a nomad. Over these 18 months as a nomad, I’ve traveled to all 50 states, 14 countries, and 3 continents. And I’ve spent 114 nights in the city that never sleeps (often […]

performances by year running

My comedy career began on October 21, 2004, with a shortform improv comedy show in Smith Hall on The Ohio State University’s campus. On February 11, 2016,  11 years, 3 months, and 21 days later, I performed my 1,000th show as a stand-up comedian, improviser, storyteller, spoken word artist, and sketch performer. Because I’m an engineer, I […]

In my 1,000th performance in my 50th state on my 32nd birthday, I shared the journey of what it was like to live as a nomad, why I did it, and what I learned from the experience. A big shout-out to Civil Beat in Honolulu for letting me tell this story and for putting on […]

butt sketch artist

Do you think you can be anything you want to be, as long as you set your mind to it? I didn’t used to think so. I mean, people are limited by education, environment, and circumstance. And then I saw something, or rather someone, who changed my mind. The Butt Sketch Artist I was sitting at the […]

best of 2015

I do a lot in a year. I eat a lot of food, drink a lot of milkshakes, and generally find enjoyable ways to spend my  525,600 minutes. Here are the best of those moments. (See previous bestofs here.) Best Achievement – Visiting 47 States OK, technically this achievement was not on the goals list at the […]

best tweets 2015

2015 was another down year for Twitter for me with only 114 tweets (compared to 123 last year and 323 the year before). Overall it led to 61,452 impressions, 135 retweets, and 221 likes (aka the new favorites). Here are my Top 20 Tweets of 2015: Efficiency should be a one syllable word. — drewtarvin […]

A talk I gave at the AIN Conference 2015 on how I use improv to converse with other humans.

priority matrix

As an entrepreneur, one of the hardest things to figure out is “What should I work on?” This is also true while working for someone else, but for those of us on our own, it can seem even more daunting. Here’s a quick strategy I use when trying to figure out what to work on; I call […]

empty auditorium

I spent the past week in Washington, DC at Influence 2015, the annual convention for the National Speakers Association. It was a great opportunity to connect with other speakers, share my thoughts on the value of what we do, and, of course, learn a ton of great things. Here are 10 Insights I gained from […]

A 5-minute set I did at The Stand in NYC.