Rick Younger

Rick Younger

Interview: Comedian and Actor Rick Younger Tells All

Rick Younger is an actor, singer, and comedian. He is a regular on NBC’s Today Show “Guys Tell All” segment and starred on shows like Rescue Me and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. We talk about how he has made it in entertainment.

Below is a summary of our interview:


“If you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen, then don’t sit on the stove.”

His Journey

He grew up in a family of very funny people who can sing. There was always music in his family. He had good singers in his family. His father was a fan of Bill Cosby.  Having been trained in improv, Rick started training and looked for groups to join. By 1994, he was doing improv. He went to college with his parents pushing him, but when he got out he was determined to pursue his entertainment career. Then he made his way to New York. He left NY due to a roommate situation, but then in 2001, he was cast in a national tour with the cast of Rent.  So Rick came back and moved to the Bronx. Along the way, he became frustrated and started doing his own comedy shows. So he talks about how making his own way worked better for him.

Low Point

Rick remembered when he was auditioning for things, he wasn’t booking anything. So he was tired of auditioning and not booking anything. But he began treating the audition like it’s the performance.

Aha Moment

When he realized that it’s not personal when he receives a “no.”

Rick’s work now  

He is regularly on NBC on the Today Show. Once in a while, he gets a couple of appearances. HIs videos is on his website.

What’s exciting Rick now

The recording of his album. Also, Rick and his wife are working on a one night only performance of a one-man show about his family life. He described his life as a comedian in an interracial family.

Lightning Round

Book Rick Recommends:

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Helpful Habit: Doing a 15 minute prayer and meditation every day.

Internet Resource:

He laughs and says Google. Google helps him. He finds out what’s in a sidecar. And he cooks so he uses Google for recipes if he wanted something with chicken.

Helpful Person: The foundation that his parents laid and the lessons that they gave him.

What’s your purpose?

His purpose is to bring joy, to make a difference and to change a person’s life.

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Where to follow Rick


Rick Younger’s website

and Twitter

Parting Words

Find what you love and go for it.

An awesome way to spread the word

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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