We had the good fortune of connecting with Brad Stine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brad, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Because of my specific type of comedy, risk has become part and parcel as to how I go about it. I am a unicorn in that my comedy comes from a conservative/Christian POV which is extremely rare in comedy and the arts in general. I am committed to defending free speech and liberty in America which is what comedians traditionally specialized in. Because of the the rise in cancel culture and the censorship of free speech it is incumbent on comedians and people in general to “risk” speaking what they believe to seek to allow for all Americans to feel emboldened to stand up for what they believe no matter which philosophy, religious or political persuasion they resonate with.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started out simply trying to be funny which is hard enough trust me. It was over time that I watched many artists who all seemed to be likeminded in their politics and especially their seeming disdain for America. Because I was raised by blue collar hard working parents and grandparents I saw the world differently. I wanted to use comedy to lift up America, traditional values and faith and it was that commitment to revealing what was most important to me that my career actually took off. It is essential that as an artist you are always true to yourself and your POV whatever that might be. Artists are responsible to often lead the way in showing what courage and uncompromising fidelity to their DNA is represented no matter how others might judge you. Then and only then can the arts continue to evolve and pave the way to truly represent all points of view.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For breakfast they would have to go to Pancake pantry, lunch at Baha buritto and dinner at Prince’s hot chicken. We would tour the Ryman auditorium and also head out on Blue Ridgeparkway and see just how beautiful Tenessee is.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My worldview is shaped by my Christian belief system and I am grateful for Christ and His commitment and love to every human on earth equally.
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