Making Money Funny

martinis and your money

Making Money Funny

Today I am talking to Colin Ryan who started out as a freelance writer and stand-up comedian but is now a motivational speaker who helps people improve their relationship with money through comedy.


What We’re Drinking

Colin – Jameson and Ginger

Shannon – Deep Eddy’s Cosmo

  • 2 oz of Deep Eddy’s Cranberry Vodka
  • Splash of Lime Juice

Podcast Notes

  • Colin explains how he transitioned from a comedian to a money expert for high school kids
  • Colin gives his opinion on high school students as an audience for stand up comedians and who he thinks is the roughest audience member
  • Colin explains why he thinks money behaviors are a lot like the marshmallow test
  • Happy Money is a book that he recommends
  • Colin has spoken to all different groups about money and he shares his most unique audience to-date

Random Three Questions Colin Answered:

  1. What is a joke that you tell that always makes people laugh?
  2. Who is your favorite stand up comedian?
  3. What is a fear that you plan to tackle next?

Did someone talk to you about money in high school? If not, do you wish they did?


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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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