Mental As Anyone

MAA #007: With Ari Mustonen (Part 1)

July 24, 2015

Interview with Ari Mustonen, who has been in Australia for only a few months but is already storming the Melbourne comedy scene.  Ari is from Estonia, and also spent time in Poland and Finland growing up.  He's been doing comedy for about 2 years, and in at least 2 different languages so far.  

In Part One of this podcast we discuss: the size of Australia (for travel purposes), the challenge of changing languages in comedy, benefits of using English, accents, being fully immersed in a foreign language, Melbourne's cultural mix, mental preparation for new things, pressing the reset button, teaching independence, education options, quitting vs deciding otherwise, being a "C- or F-List" celebrity, Deal Or No Deal, deciding to travel, initiative to break a cycle, expecting the unexpected, less money = more relieved/happy, self-belief, anger and pressure, family background, growing up with your mum working in another country, record absenteeism, Mixed Martial Arts, live like there's no tomorrow vs who do I want to be when I'm older, headaches and potential brain damage from sparring, losing memory, and time limits with sporting careers compared to comedy.  Please enjoy, and listen out for Part Two next week.

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