Dunwoody native Paul Ollinger is back, bringing with him the perfect mixture of comedy and wisdom. Ollinger is a social media veteran, having worked a one of the original 250 employees at Facebook and Ya-hoo. He holds a BA from Rhodes College and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. After living all across the country, the speaker, writer and comedian now calls Brookhaven home.
Ollinger got his start onstage at St. Pius X Catholic School, participating in numerous school plays. Despite always being a jokester, it wasn’t until he went to business school that he considered stand-up comedy. “I told jokes at talent show at business school and it lit a fire in me. Stress and camaraderie creates a perfect environment for comedy. Everyone was going through the same experience which provided some great material,” Ollinger said. Inspired by his MBA journey, Ollinger started writing a funny book about business and created a guidebook for people going through the lengthy, competitive process of applying to business school. The book is titled You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian’s Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools.
“Humor is the perception of incongruity. I look for the incongruity in life and business,”Ollinger said. During the writing process Ollinger said he realized he needed to be useful to the reader, providing a light but honest take on the MBA experience. He went as far as to retake the GMAT as a reminder of how challenging it is to pursue an MBA, but also remembered that his personal drive and ambition took him much farther than his degree. “The last chapter is called Nobody Cares About Your MBA. Because in the end, it’s all about how hard you work. Lead with the personal attributes you bring to the table, not with your degree,” Ollinger said.
Back in Atlanta, Ollinger has reemerged on stage and has been performing for almost two years at The Laughing Skull Lounge, midtown’s stand-up-comedy club in the back of the Vortex restaurant. “It’s a small, edgy club that is highly regarded by some of the best comedians in the country. It’s really all about the craft of comedy,”Ollinger said.
Atlanta is a great place for business and life and provides comedian Paul Ollinger the opportunity to practice his comedy craft, return to his roots and prioritize loved ones.
Ollinger said, “My wife an I wanted a place to raise our family. Atlanta was always home in my mind.”