Hilarious Chase O’Donnell – The Comedic Journey

In a recent episode of the Zack Lyman Podcast we take an unfiltered look into the life of a comedian, Chase O’Donnell.  We talk about transitioning from the structured world of theater to the liberating stages of stand-up comedy, Chase offers a candid view of her path to finding her true calling in making people laugh. (Very Fun Episode!)

From Theater to Laughter

Chase’s shift from theater to stand-up comedy was not just a career move; it was a leap towards finding a platform that allowed her a more gratifying control over her creative expressions. She shares how stand-up comedy, unlike theater, offers a unique space where she is the writer, performer, and director of her own show.

Chase O’Donnell “People Pleaser” and The Anxiety of Applause

Her comedy special, “People Pleaser,” is a testament to her journey, showcasing her ability to turn everyday anxieties into ha-ha’s.  She discusses the mixed bag of emotions—excitement intertwined with nervousness—over how the special would be received.

A Personal Battle with Anxiety and The Road to Sobriety

Beyond her professional life, Chase opens up about her personal struggles with anxiety, particularly social anxiety, and how sobriety has been a transformative force in her life. Sobriety has not only reshaped her approach to social interactions and dating but has also provided her with a clearer lens through which to view her life and career.

The Creative Process and The Power of Vision Boards

Diving into her creative process, Chase O’Donnell reveals how vision boards play a significant role in her goal-setting strategy, acting as a visual and tangible representation of her aspirations. This practice, coupled with her unique writing process, underscores the importance of having a clear vision and working persistently towards it.

Chase O'Donnell on the Zack Lyman Podcast

Navigating Online Presence and The Quest for Fulfillment

In an era where an online presence is almost a necessity, O’Donnell discusses the challenges and pressures of maintaining a digital persona. Despite these challenges, she emphasizes the importance of personal fulfillment over materialistic achievements, providing a refreshing perspective in a success-driven world.

Chase O'Donnell People Pleaser Comedy Special


Chase O’Donnell’s journey from the theater stage to stand-up comedy is a compelling narrative of finding one’s voice in the cacophony of life’s expectations. Her episode is not just about the laughs; it’s a deep dive into the realities of pursuing a passion, battling personal demons, and finding joy in the little victories. For anyone looking to understand the intricacies of a comedian’s life or seeking inspiration to follow their own unconventional path, O’Donnell’s story is a beacon of light, humor, and realness.

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Update Since The Podcast

Since doing the podcast with me, Chase career has really taken off. Not only did her special get a lot of eyes on it. But was name one of the best comedy specials of 2023 by the New York Times! How amazing is that! Also, had a wonderful Don’t Tell Comedy Set. That you can watch for free.

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