A few years ago, Mike Stanley almost quit comedy. “I was at a place in my life where things weren’t lining up,” he recalls, “and things just weren’t happening despite the amount if work I was putting into it.” Stanley figures every comic hits that crossroad a few years in. “You work so hard and promote yourself and you feel like no one is in your corner, so you get burned out.” The key, he discovered, is to “rewire the way you think about comedy and what success really is.” To that end, Stanley relocated to Denver from Detroit after his engagement fell through. “You really have to look at the people you bring into your life if this is what you want to do. It’s not a conventional lifestyle and it’s not easy.” His perseverance has paid off, as not only is he headlining clubs around the country now, he has a huge New Year’s Eve gig performing at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. The former Everybody Loves Raymond star saw one of Stanley’s sets and became a fan. “The most exciting thing for me was to be able to call my mom and tell her that. Everybody Loves Raymond was her favorite show.” 16+.