DERRICK Interview with Comedian Rodney Perry

October 12, 2012

The #1 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Comedian Rodney Perry who was born in Chicago and raised in Monroe Louisiana. Rodney served his country for eight years as a member of the United States Navy. Serving two tours of duty took Rodney to New Orleans and to the Bay Area, which prepared him for the entertainment industry and for life. He would perform his duties as Yeoman Second Class by day and perform his sidesplitting comedy shows by night. Perry came to a crossroad in 1998, when he had to choose between continuing his Navy career or making Stand-Up Comedy a career. He chose the latter.

A few weeks ago I did a DERRICK Interview with Comedian Lav Luv and he mentioned that Rodney Perry was the person that others should learn more about. After Lav Luv gave me the opportunity I reached out to RP and now you are about to read my DERRICK Interview with Comedian Rodney Perry.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dream was and is to be one of the world’s best comedians.  My brand is building, I have a national audience and Rodney Perry time is close at hand.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I am encouraged by my family.  They give me my drive.  They are my engine.  Without my family I am not sure if I would be as focused.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

The core of what I do is to make people laugh, but my greater purpose is to lighten the collective burden.  When someone goes to see me I want them to walk away with a sense of fulfillment.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I had a teacher that would let me tell jokes at the end of class if I would shut up during the course of the day… That was in second grade.  I was born ready to do what I am doing now, and I just got ready to do what’s coming up next.  You must always prepare for your next big thing.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Dr. Farrah Gray is the first person who comes to mind.  I often site him when talking to my children.  He made is first Million Dollars as a teen.  Shoot for the stars!!

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Winners win even when they lose.  I live in a perpetual state of WIN, so even when things aren’t going in my favor I am learning about that situation and myself.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Work Hard… There are no days off when you are the boss, Unless you say so.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with? 

I will leave you all with this… Find something you Love and do it to the best of your ability.  You will be happy, you will make money, and you will never regret your decision.

Check out Rodney Perry’s new show “Off The Chain” premiering on Bounce TV October 22nd, 2012 at 9:oo PM EST.

LENO Is The Derricknym Of The Day

April 26, 2012

A Derricknym is an acronym with a touch of Derrick where words are messages of encouragement.

Do You Know LENO (Laughs Encourage New Outlooks)?

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Words Of Encouragement For Loss Through Laughter

March 22, 2012

by Allen Klein, MA, CSP

My daughter was ten-years-old when my wife died. The three years that we knew my wife had a terminal illness was a terrible strain on both of us. I realized after my wife’s death that my daughter and I needed a reprieve from what we had been through. We needed an adventure. So I booked a trip to Alaska on the Inside Passage ferry system. And what an adventure it was. We went whitewater rafting, took seaplane rides, and spent the night next to a calving glacier.

Taking the trip was an instinctual decision but, looking back, a very wise one. It not only helped take our minds off of our loss but it also helped us bond. That bonding allowed us to talk openly about Ellen’s death. It made it easier to not hide our feelings or avoid conversations about our loss. It also allowed us to both laugh and cry together.

We would often talk about missing Ellen. Frequently, when we didn’t quite know what to do in a situation, we would turn to each other and ask, “What would Mommy do?” And then do it her way. Often we discussed Ellen as if she were alive and still part of our life, which, on some level, she was. And we continued to have those conversations, although less so as time went on.

To keep your loved one alive, learn from the lessons they have left for you and you will be speaking of them often. And remember the funny times too.

One of those humorous times has become my signature story in my speeches. “My wife, Ellen, lay dying in the hospital, a copy of Playgirl by her side. Suddenly, she opened to the male nude centerfold and insisted it be put on the wall ‘I think it’s too risqué for the hospital, I said.

Nonsense, she replied. Just take a leaf from the plant and cover up the genitals.’

I did as she requested. This worked well for the first and second day. By the third day, however, the leaf started to shrivel and reveal more of what we were trying to conceal.

We laughed every time we looked at a plant or a dried-up leaf. It brought us closer together, revived us, and steered us through our sea of darkness. It is humor and laughter that can help us rise above our trials, tribulations, and losses, so that we don’t suffer.

Allen Klein is an award-winning speaker and author 17 books including The Healing Power of Humor, The Courage to Laugh, Inspiration for a Lifetime, Change Your Life!: A Little Book of Big Ideas, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying, and the audiobook TeacherLaughs  Contact:

Today’s word is Laugh

January 11, 2012

The greatest thing I learned to do was laugh at myself. With life being so serious it feels good to look life in the eyes and smile.

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