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From the aspiring comedian to the part time pro this is the podcast you've been looking for! This podcast is full of honest insight and useful information on the journey from the open mic to the sweet paying corporate gig. Shows range in format from "comedy campfires" where we swap out the fire for a mic and get to the key questions from aspiring comics to in-depth interviews with professional comedians, booking agents, managers and club owners. Led by 23 yr comedy veteran Rik Roberts (www.R ...
 
Don't waste your money on a comedy class, because trust us, if you are going to be a comedian you are going to need every dollar you have! Each week Andrew Sleighter and Brandt Tobler explain Standup Comedy. They have been seen on Conan, Comedy Central and Espn! They've performed at colleges, corporate events, nudist colonies and cruise ships. They've done military tours, recorded CD's and wrote books. And to reach all these successes, they bombed countless times! They will talk about gettin ...
 
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Preparing for a live comedy recording involves choosing your jokes, timing out the set, editing, making segues, practicing it live, and more. Today I share the process I went through for my last recording. Things were a little different this time due to COVID-19. But the overall approach is still similar to the way I have done it in the past. We co…
 
Over the past few weeks, I've received a handful of questions from listeners. I thought I would share the answers with everyone. The questions are ... Do you think comedy will return to the way it was before the virus? What books do you recommend to comedians? What are some crowd work tips? When do you make money in comedy? LISTEN NOW: Thanks to Bi…
 
Today I am happy to introduce you to my friend Dan Rupple. As a respected comedy writer, producer, and speaker, Dan has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX News, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Radio America, and more. Show Notes How did he get started in comedy? What is…
 
Facebook Pixels and YouTube Shorts Today I learn about Facebook pixels and Youtube Shorts with Zack Lyman. Zack is a funny comic out of Phoenix. When not on stage, he consults on marketing projects for companies and individuals. We tap into that expertise today to find out how we should be using Facebook Pixels in conjunction with ads to drive traf…
 
Today we review the year that was, the year ahead, and what we are trying to accomplish moving forward. Yes, it's the annual goals tracker episode! If you aren't a member of the Insider Tip Sheet Newsletter, you'll want to shoot an email to schooloflaughs@gmail.com and request to be added. This episode comes with a .pdf that is only available to Cl…
 
Today I answer questions about comedy as I am interviewed by Josh Liston, host of Tips of the Slung and Punching Sideways podcasts. Josh is an avid listener of the School of Laughs podcast and noticed I left a few topics uncovered. He noted that occasionally I will say, "one day I should do a whole episode on that topic". But ... sometimes I never …
 
Virtual gigs, drive-ins, outdoor parking lots ... is this what it has come down to? I discuss the options for comedians with former students Brain Bates and Jonnie W. If 2020 has taught us anything it is this: "adapt or die." There just aren't as many inside gigs as usual. If you want to earn some money you have to get outside your comfort zone. To…
 
This episode is all about YOU! That’s right. It’s time to pause and recalibrate. The podcast is going on its 7th year in 2021 and I want to make sure it still serves a purpose for you. It started out as a weekly comedy class-style show. Then evolved into an interview format. Where do we go from here? It’s up to you. Let me know how I can serve you …
 
In this episode, I get to catch up with a former student, June Colson. I met June in 2017 at the Christian Comedy Association annual conference. She was eager to learn comedy but still wasn’t sure if she was in the right place. After meeting some fellow comedians with similar interests she decided to give it a go. Lucky for us. If she hadn’t, we wo…
 
In this episode, I get to discuss the history of The Onion with founding member Scott Dikkers. Dikkers helped found the original Onion newspaper. He’s served as The Onion’s owner and editor-in-chief, on and off, for much of the last quarter-century. In 1996 Scott founded the website, TheOnion.com . In the mid-2000s, Scott headed up the creation of …
 
Learn how to generate creative comedy with Josh Harris. Josh is a talented, creative stand-up comedian. He expresses his vision through music, video, and sketch comedy. Josh provides a great example of how stand-up can evolve off-stage. His high energy performances are more like a one-man show in quality. With over 10 million views of his hilarious…
 
Sword Swallower Dan Meyer grew up as a scared, shy, skinny, wimpy kid who was teased and beat up by the bullies. He convinced himself that someday he would perform superhuman feats, DO the IMPOSSIBLE, and change the world. And he did! Today Dan mixes danger, laughter, and swords to defy death with a smile. And as he does … he inspires audiences to …
 
OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT Today we make a call all the way to Scotland to talk about overcoming stage fright. Elissa Di Napoli is the best-selling author of “Dare to Be Seen” from Stage Fright to Stage Presence. She helps performing artists command the stage and magnify their presence. By doing so, they can share their gifts with their audience and s…
 
CREATING A TV SHOW with JIM HOPE Today we are talking about creating a TV show with my friend Jim Hope. He's a whiz who writes, performs, and produces comedy. I first met Jim when I performed on the Henry Cho Show on Great American Country (GAC Cable TV). He was a co-writer and producer and I could tell a smart guy. I caught him again a few years l…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss rather are not you should acknowledge that you are bombing! There are a couple different ways to handle bombing ..... do you address it, do you make fun of yourself, do you yell at the crowd for being awful, or do you just plow through and get your set over with? We discuss what has worked for us, and what really di…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss the old theory that you have to have an awful life to become a stand up comedian. We talk about our upbringings, how tragedy has affected our comedy, and why tough times will help you prepare for the ups and downs of comedy, BUT you don't have to have tragedy + time.... to get to the comedy! #comedyclass #funny #sta…
 
I am extremely excited to share with you some storytelling tips for speakers with Dave Bricker. Dave is an experienced speaker, trainer, and coach. Even more cool is he is a sailor! In fact, he combines his love of sailing with storytelling and is able to help people tell remarkable stories—through writing, speaking, graphic design, video, technolo…
 
On this weeks episode we and the question we know you all want to know.....When Should You Move To LA? We both lived in Los Angeles for almost a decade, and we share the good and bad lessons we learned. We will also have you answer one question and that will give you an answer on rather or not it's time to take the plunge and move to HOLLYWOOD and …
 
On this weeks episode we discuss Dealing With Rejection! Any comedian has had jokes rejected, been told NO by club bookers and festivals, and dealt with rejection emails from the industry! (If they even respond) There is so much rejection in this business, and we are here to help you realize that rejection is not a bad thing! #howtobeacomedian #com…
 
On this episode we are talking college comedy with Eric O'Shea. Colleges have entertainment budgets and seek out comedians, bands and other performers to fill their schedule. Could you fill your schedule with college work? Eric breaks down what you need in terms of material, personality, flexibility and longevity. If you are curious what it takes t…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss Callbacks and Transitions! Early on our careers we were way to worried about transitions, and we eventually figured out a few tricks to make them a little more smooth. We also tell you the importance of when, where, and how to use a callback. And why crowds always love them! #howtobeacomedian #standup #comedy #howto…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss the importance of watching and studying headliners. We share stories of all the tricks we have learned from watching good, bad, and ugly headliners! There are so many great headliners working today, and there is so much (good and bad) you can learn from each and every one of them. #standup #comedy #funny #howtobeaco…
 
Today I talk with Chris Wineland, the author of “The Great Heckle.” Chris popped on my radar when her performed on the Huckabee show in Nashville. He’s a busy guy. He has written for Emmy Nominated “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Pursuing his love of late night comedy, Chris co-created the acclaimed Christian late night show “Next Week with Jeff Du…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss rather or not you should put your material online. Will people steal your material, how long of a video should you put up, best ways to get a good tape, and most importantly why your material should only be showcased on your page! #comedy #standup #standupcomedy #comedyclass #comedytips Please subscribe, rate, revie…
 
On this weeks episode we answer the age old question of "When should I get a manager and agent" We talk about how you get them, our experiences with them, why you need them, why you don't need them, and why the key to your success will always be your own hard work! #standup #comedy #funny #comedyclass #comedyadvice Please subscribe, rate, review, a…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss drinking and doing drugs before, during, and after the show. A lot of times they both will be available for free....BUT you gotta remember what's important, and that is always being funny! We give a little advice, and tell stories about the good and bad nights we have had as intoxicated comedians! #standup #comedy #…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss what to wear on stage. There are a few unwritten rules about what to wear when performing, so we go over those and share some stories about the awful things we wore on stage. Just remember look good, feel good, and be funny! #comedy #standup #jokes #howtobeacomedian #comedyclass Please subscribe, rate, review, and t…
 
MOODY MOLAVI joins us today to talk comedy. Specifically we talk about: MOODY MOLAVI SHOW NOTES Getting started in Chattanooga Crashing cars and motorcycles Learning about trigger words in a joke Using his background for stage material His desire to perform for the military Doing his DryBar comedy special Going on the road with Killer Baez and much…
 
On this weeks episode we teach you how to deal with bookers. We talk about getting booked on bar shows, showcases, corporate gigs, and comedy clubs. There definitely is a strategy to getting booked, and we give you all the tricks that we have learned over the years. And we agree that the best way to get booked, is be funny! #standup #comedy #funny …
 
On this weeks episode we discuss how crowd work ..... Works! We talk about when to do it, why you shouldn't be scared of it, organic crowd work vs forced crowd work, and why crowd work is great for your ego, but not always good for business. #crowdwork #comedy #standup #podcast #funny Please subscribe, rate, review, tell your friends, and get on st…
 
On this weeks episode we help you write and organize your set list. We share our thoughts on why set lists are important, what to open with, finding that big closer, and the advantages of being disciplined when it comes to writing your set lists. #standup #comedy #standupcomedy #howtobeacomedian #howtowritejokes #funny #comedyclass #comedyschool #j…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss if there is anything you wouldn't or shouldn't joke about. We talk about the bad decisions we made early in our career, is it ever too soon, and what goes into our thought process when we are deciding what topics we want to write about. There are a lot of people that will tell you what you can or can't joke about, b…
 
On today’s podcast I talk with Dan LeFave. Dan is a business success coach for experienced and motivated entrepreneurs at the "Shortcut To Success"​. Dan’s specialty is empowering six and seven figure business owners to shift from being overwhelmed & disorganized to in control & systematized. He can help you focus on Business Mindset, Strategic Pro…
 
On this weeks episode we help you overcome stage fright! We tell you about our first times on stage, why Brandt chickened out for 2 years, why, Andrew didn't invite anybody for a year and a half, and why if you overcome your fear and get on stage... that stage will eventually become your best friend! So get out there and get on stage! YOU CAN DO IT…
 
On this weeks episode we answer the age old question....where do you get material from? We explain that material is all around you! All you have to do is be disciplined and commit to writing, and if you do that you will have plenty of material! #standup #comedy #standupcomedy #funny #howtobeacomedian #howtodostandup #jokes #humor #comedyinterview #…
 
On this weeks episode we answer the question of ... Should I start my own show? We explain why you should definitely start your own show, how you get your extra reps, why new shows inspire you to keep writing, the importance of learning how to show trade, and how you will start to learn the business of comedy! This episode will help you make progre…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss the difference between clean comedy and dirty comedy! We try to explain what is considered clean, what working clean pays, why you can still be very successful if you don't work clean, and we share stories about our clean show nightmares! #standup #comedy #cleancomedy #dirtycomedy #standupcomedy #comedians #howtobec…
 
On this weeks episode we explain how you become a writer for a famous comedian. This is a question we are often asked, and we will tell you that it is pretty much impossible....especially if you aren't already a successful comedian. We talk about who is selling jokes, who is buying jokes, and how do you decide how much a joke is worth! #standup #co…
 
On this weeks episode we explain everything you need to know about Comedy Contests! We will tell you what to expect, what your contest goals should be, and why networking with other comics is so much more important than winning or losing! Good luck friends. #standup #comedy #funny #howtobeacomedian #comedycontest Please subscribe, rate, and review!…
 
Since the COVID-19 virus popped on the scene live entertainment has taken a major blow. Who can crowd surf with ten people spread six feet apart anyway? Comedy has taken the punch and has had difficulty delivering the punchline back. Entertainers in every country are affected. But are they all affected the same way? Today I get to speak with folks …
 
On this weeks episode we explain what makes something hack! We explain what is considered hack, why you don't want to be called a hack, how you avoid being hacky, and why taking the easy joke is never good for your career. We also explain why hack stuff often works, but how it will quickly make your peers lose all respect for you! Remember be creat…
 
On this weeks episode we explain what comedy pays! We will explain how little you will make when you start, and how little you will make in the years to follow! We will tell you what it pays to be a host, feature, headliner, road comic, college comic, cruise ship comic, corporate comic, theater comic, arena comic, and one of the biggest comedian in…
 
On this weeks episode we deal with Hecklers! We tell you how to shut them up, when to kick them out, how to stay in control, remind you the crowd is on your side, and how to beat them in the end. We also talk about our countless run in's with these idiots, and share our stories about the times it went good, and the times it was a complete disaster!…
 
On this weeks episode we explain what it's like to bomb! We talk about why it happens, how it happens, what it feels like, the long ride home, and most importantly what you should do after you bomb. We will also explain why bombing is actually a good thing, and why they will always be everybody's favorite stories! #standup #comedy #standupcomedy #f…
 
On this weeks episode we will explain the in's and out's of a comedy open mic. We will talk about where to find them, how to sign up, how much time you will get to do, what the crowds are like, and what you can expect! We will also explain how important open mics are, and if you are thinking about doing one, why you should go tomorrow! #standup #co…
 
MARYELLEN HOOPER joins us today on the School of Laughs podcast. A veteran in the world of stand-up, Maryellen Hooper’s comedy has taken her from clubs and colleges to theaters and television. She’s appeared on many late night talk shows including several appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Her half-hour special on Comedy Central calle…
 
Learn tips on speaking from Steve Lowell (CSP). Steve is the past National President, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). Steve is incredibly gifted at helping identify their “expert insights.” These are the things or then thing that makes a speaker different from all the others. The expert insights are what you can provide that p…
 
Aaron Weber is a standup comic born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. After graduating from Notre Dame in 2014, he moved to Nashville and started doing standup. Since then, he’s become a regular at Zanies Comedy Club and has performed all over the country. In 2018, he competed in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and was a part of John Crist‘s re…
 
Today’s episode is in response to the extreme number of cancellations of events due to the COVID-19 Corona Virus Outbreak. We will approach it from three angles. First, let’s take a brief moment and acknowledge how lucky we are to be performers in the first place. Second, let’s remember the others affected in our industry. And third, how can you ad…
 
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