Pasco man trades banking job for comedy circuit

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When Adam Kessler’s kids want to wish him well before a performance, they tell him to “break a hip.”

That’s what the 40-year-old Pasco comedian told his senior citizen audience during a recent show. The joke got laughs around the room.

Kessler specializes in clean standup comedy routines with lots of age-appropriate material for the senior center and retirement community crowds. He also performs at corporate and private parties, as well as trade shows, wineries, auctions and church events.

The father of three children, ages 7, 3 and 1, has been telling jokes since he was 5 years old and hit the comedy club circuit in 2003.

Last year, he quit his banking job of 12 years to pursue comedy full time.

He said he did his financial homework before taking the leap of faith.

“Even small amounts saved as a nest egg definitely helps when making a change to a new career. I always invested in a 401K if the company matched a percentage or not. I started with 6 percent and increased it each year,” he said. He also shopped around for the best health insurance options for his family.

“But I also feel like people who are waiting to save enough to pursue their dreams will never be ready. Sometimes you’ve just got to make the leap,” he said.

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Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord has more than 21 years of journalism experience and has been editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since July 2016. She spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two young daughters and they live in West Richland.

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