Mike Lawrence is one of the best up-and-coming young comedians in New York City. He moved there from Florida more than six years ago, and has been extremely driven in his goal to do stand-up on TV. Here we see Mike reflect on his early days in stand-up and describe what he thought doing a set on TV would mean for his career. As a side note, this video was released two days after Mike’s 30th birthday. Happy Birthday Mike!

A NOTE FROM PBS DIGITAL STUDIOS: Comedy, in addition to being funny, can serve as social critique. The series Modern Comedian paints vivid portraits of the lives of comics and their creative processes, while also hinting at broader sociological themes. In order to document those comics both honestly and authentically, it includes strong language and some adult themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

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