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    Default Can an Economics Teacher secretly do stand up comedy on the side?

    I've been teaching high school economics for a few years but I want to bring the liberty message to more people. I also want to make more money and pursue my passion and for once actually speak my mind and have fun at the same time. My friends and students always tell me, in different words, that I do an awesome job of explaining how f*cked up the government is in a funny yet easy to understand way. I know I could do this sh*t and I know when the sh*t hits the fan I want to do comedy over teaching considering I don't want to work for the government and I hate the bullsh*t communist method of handing out teacher promotions. I live near New York and I think I could blend in and do comedy under a different name. Could I pull this off? Do I even care?
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    New York State bans stand up by high school economics teachers in their collective bargaining contract with the teachers' union.

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    Go for it! The world of comedy is a place where the libertarian voice is sadly lacking influence, and stand-up is a wicked fun career (did it for a couple years in my teens). Being an econ teacher is icing on the cake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Confederate View Post
    New York State bans stand up by high school economics teachers in their collective bargaining contract with the teachers' union.
    I teach in NJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumba of Liberty View Post
    I teach in NJ
    Even worse! It's a felony there!

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    You have to have a sense if humor to teach in Nj (born and bred)
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    A sense of humor that mocks absurdities and hypocrisies is always going to sell. George Carlin and Chris Rock both did it with everything, including politics, no reason why there couldn't be a niche for great economics-centered standup. You're not telling jokes. You're just teaching in way that gets people laughing.

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    Find a small comedy club and find out.

    You should find things that work for you and things that don't. Work up an act full of the things that do work...there's that word again!

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    Do a 5 min. video. Post it with a poll. I'm interested enough to watch and rate.
    Something, something, something...Whatever my rage for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confederate View Post
    Even worse! It's a felony there!
    I'll take my chances
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    I'd say your only hang-up would be that anything you say in public could be used against you by your employer...even if they say they wouldn't. So it would be best to not be exceptionaly down on the school system that you work in. I would also refrain from using a lot of bad language. I'm sure your contract has something in it that gives them the ablity to boot you for conduct unbecoming of an employee. But past that do what makes you happy. Life is short. Heck you might find that you're talented enough that you make it in the comedy industry and don't need the teacher job.

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    Go for it... my favorite art form..
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    I recommend a sledgehammer and some melons or maybe some ventriloquist dummies.
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    I actually had an economics prof who did stand up on the side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    Do a 5 min. video. Post it with a poll. I'm interested enough to watch and rate.
    ditto.
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