Call Your Next Witness – When Standup and Jury Selection Meet (Mike Rabinowitz)
How similar are jury selection and performing stand-up comedy? This question has probably occurred to anyone who has ever selected a jury, particularly in a civil case where there is no judicial presence in the room. In this episode of Call Your Next Witness, we have the perfect guest to delve into this topic with us!
Mike Rabinowitz is no stranger to being in front of an audience, whether he is selecting a jury, or headlining at a New York City comedy club as a stand-up comic. The similarities between selecting a civil jury and trying to entertain an audience as a comedian are striking, in that you have a captive audience, and you need to use the spoken word to engage them. Mike is uniquely qualified to opine on those similarities, having been a trial attorney AND a standup for several years. In fact, his experience as a trial attorney prompted him to try his hand at standup, which eventually resulted in Mike being a headlining comedian — which is one of the most exclusive clubs there is. He offers some great jury selection tips as well – worth a listen to all trial attorneys!