I always am looking to provide help to those of you hapless lawyers stuck in office buildings to try to find some alternative career path so you can quit your miserable, dead-end jobs in the law field.
Anyway, stumbled upon this web site where they were promoting these lawyers who had thrown in the towel on law and had "gone funny". The comedians were Dean Obeidallah, Betsy Wise, Jeff Kreisler and Eric Deskin, and the one thing all of them had in common was that they were lawyers at one point in time, some with these big firms doing corporate stuff. Now, you've probably never heard of them and they aren't big household names or any of that, but they all seem to be doing fine and working the comedy club circuit based on all this.
So check it out. I once wrote comedy skits for the law school show and was pretty heavily involved in that sort of thing during my law school days. I'm a big fan of comedy in general and it would be the one thing I would be most interested in doing in the entertainment industry if I ever decided to pursue it full-time, though probably not as an actual stand-up comedian. The one thing I've always wondered about with standup comedy is that, to me, it just doesn't seem like a serious career (pardon the pun). It seems like the kind of precarious existence where you make hardly any money and are on the road all the time. But it's a route that can lead to lots of opportunities to do stuff on radio and TV. Nice to know that some people are able to make it.
I also know a lot of lawyers have gone the comedy writing route in Hollywood, which is a little different. But not too much different. They write for shows like The Simpsons and King of the Hill, or for these other shows in Hollywood. Anyway check it out.