Scott Kadrlik says he’s the second-funniest accountant in America. That’s a bold claim for two reasons: 1) Because he places himself so high on this list (keep reading to find out who he says is the funniest); and 2) That there are actually funny accountants to begin with (hey, I’m joking, so no offense to accountants).

By day, Kadrlik is a certified public accountant, personal financial specialist and a managing partner with Meuwissen, Flygare, Kadrlik & Associates P.A., a CPA firm in the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie, Minn. The firm’s client base consists mainly of business owners with tax needs, and Kadrlik’s PFS credential enables him to help his clients with financial planning and wealth management.

By night, or at least those nights when he’s doing gigs, he does a stand-up comedy act in small clubs and other venues, mainly in the Twin Cities area. His act riffs on his accounting profession, and he performs wearing his jacket-and-tie work duds to lend the proper vibe to his “accountant humor.”

Kadrlik, 60, is a relative latecomer to the comedy scene who, nonetheless, long recognized his gift for humor. “I wasn’t a class clown; I was the class smart aleck,” he says. “I’d sit in the back of the room and say something that someone would laugh at, and they’d get in trouble for it.”

He says he always dreamt about being a comedian but never acted on it until he was 46 years old and decided to give it a whirl. The spark came when he served a one-year stint as president of his local Rotary International club.

“Every Rotary president at my local club picked a theme they’d do in the year they’re president,” he explains. “My theme was to do a joke of the week. I’d find jokes on the internet; but it’s not just reading a joke—it’s in the telling of the joke with the pauses and tones that go into it. That whole process went well.”

Kadrlik talked to some local comedians who told him that new talent seeking to break into the business needed to develop three minutes of new material. “Until you write it down, you don’t really have a stand-up routine,” he says.

He developed his own material and read about various open mic nights at local clubs that allow first-timers to go on stage. He decided to take the plunge, and one night gathered his wife, two daughters and some close friends to see him perform his three minutes of material at the Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis.

“I had my three minutes down, but I went over my time because I didn’t allow time for laughter in my three minutes,” Kadrlik says. “They let you go over a few seconds but then they shut off the microphone, so I had to finish my joke with no sound.”

He likes to promote the concept that being an accountant/comedian makes him an oxymoron, and his comedy routine can range from references to economic issues to tax evasion to people seeking tax deductions for farcical reasons.

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