Stand-up comedy is often compared to jazz due to the improvisation and riffing that take place in both art forms. Before his sets, Carmichael places himself in the embrace of some badass saxophone solos:
I’ll listen to jazz. I’ll listen to Dave Brubeck or Miles Davis or something before a show. A lot of times I like that space, you know, that music, that’s what to me what a lot of great art is. Anything that’s great in art is jazz, you know? I would dare argue most great things that are great in life are jazz. It’s just the structure, but freedom within structure. So, I’ll listen to jazz just to hone in, focus and know where you are, being conscious and being aware. But a lot of the principals I try to practice in life are more concentrated before going on stage.