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Brad Meehan Dares to Dream Big
July 28, 2012
of Lee's Summit
Photo by Jason Tracy
By Jessica Root,
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
It all started with Facebook, as do many things do today. Working man, Brad Meehan, is a part of the Facebook group “Working KC Comedians” along with 32 other people.
The TODAY Show does “Quest for the Best” contests regularly. Meehan discovered a Quest for the Best Comedian Contest through the “Working KC Comedians” group.
He submitted a short video about women not telling men how much anything costs. The producers liked it.
Meehan passed through three rounds of telephone interviews from various producers of the TODAY Show. He was one of three first place winners who flew out to New York Wednesday, July 18 to film the Quest for the Best Comedian Contest.
Meehan did not win first prize, which only consisted of a shiny trophy and bragging rights, but he still came home a winner.
“Being 40 and working a full time job while supporting a family it’s hard to chase your dreams. My kids looked at the TV that day, saw me and knew that they could be anything they want to be,” Meehan said.
His friends and family were very supportive through his whole journey, which he consistently made updates about on Facebook. A watch party was thrown for Meehan at work.
Meehan doesn’t remember his time on live television because he was so anxious. He didn’t know he could be that anxious until he found himself in a room with Ivanka Trump, Matt Lauer, Larry King, Al Roker, Kathy Lee, Hoda and Savanna Guthrie.
While in New York, Meehan also had the chance to spend time with his cousin who had moved to New York just two weeks before Meehan had found out he would be appearing on the TODAY Show.
Always known as “the funny guy”, Meehan works full time for a digital marketing company, VML Inc. He also does part-time talent work, such as commercials for Bob Hamilton Plumbing. He lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife and three children.
Meehan began his amateur comedian career after he didn’t get a part in an independent film he auditioned for. The director wrote him a letter telling him to do stand up, so that’s what Meehan did.
“I am so grateful to the show for the experience, but I am glad to be home in Kansas City,” Meehan said.
Meehan hopes to eventually do comedy on late night TV as well as open for someone in a theater. He’s daring to dream big.
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