John Rigney Believes That Playing Hard But Working Harder Pays Off

The year was 1987. John Rigney had been at Jess Morgan & Co. since 1972, rising from bookkeeper to business manager. His bosses were like parents to him, but he’d decided it was time to break away and hang out in his own shingle.

Rigney couldn’t take any of the clients he worked with. They were mostly music biz superstars too lofty to be handled by his tiny upstart. But, as he was heading out the door, the firm decided to cut loose a low-earning, none-too-promising client. He was a comedian, thrice rejected by “SNL.” After starring roles in a

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