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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 ...
 
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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…
 
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 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…
 
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…
 
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 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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Jane Atkinson is founder of The Wealthy Speaker School, which provides online courses, group coaching and live events for all levels of speakers, helping people look at speaking as a business. Jane has over 30 years experience in the speaking business, has authored four books and is host of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast. JANE ATKINSON SHOW NOTES If y…
 
Today is an “after school special” where I talk with a handful of students and tackle the biggest questions on their minds! QUESTIONS & TOPICS INCLUDE What do you do when you bomb? Finding comedians to hang with. It's just an experiment every single time. Expect there to be silence. Beginning comedy with an already stable lifestyle. Is it absolutel…
 
Eric Thompson has been delighting and entertaining audiences since the early 1980’s with his unique style of comedy, magic, and illusions. Eric is an accomplished comedic magician, a veteran of hundreds of venues including comedy clubs, theaters, college campuses and corporate events. Outside his career, Eric has served on several boards for philan…
 
Brad Montgomery teaches people how to use happiness to boost productivity, creativity, innovation & profits. He turns typical meetings into transformational events using the power of happiness. Oh, and he’s pretty funny. Brad has transformed audiences in all 50 states and on four continents. His clients include Microsoft, Verizon, the FBI, the CIA,…
 
Ric Walker is a performer, teacher, writer and director. As an actor he has appeared in numerous plays, independent films and television. He has worked as a corporate spokesman for companies such as Eli Lilly, Computer Associates and Oracle. He has improvised with and been a member of comedy troupes The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Comedy Sportz…
 
Starting his career in San Francisco, Tommy Drake had his first paid gig in 1990 and hasn't looked back! Tommy has performed 400 shows a year over the last 25 years! TOMMY DRAKE SHOW NOTES The $100 million gig Why killing every night doesn’t teach you anything Trying something new every show Why headliners lose traction Preparing for Dry Bar taping…
 
Welcome to the 200th episode of the School of Laughs podcast! What an amazing journey this had been. Two hundred? Yes indeed. We made it. So what have we learned two hundred episodes in? A lot. And in this episode we cover … Former School Of Laughs Student Success Comedy That Heals, Helps And Makes Whole Late Night Tv Comedians Dry Bar Comedy Insig…
 
Live from the Clean Comedy Challenge in Nashville, TN, Rik sits down with Larry Weaver. Larry is a stand-up comedian as well as a professional speaker and emcee. He is also owner/CEO of Trusted Speakers, an entertainment agency based in North Carolina. LARRY WEAVER SHOW NOTES As usual, we cover a lot of ground on this episode. A few highlights incl…
 
Grace Klein wanted to be a comedian from the very first time she got her family to laugh when she was a kid. It only took her a couple more decades to bring it to the stage, but once she started, she couldn’t stop. She brings her own spin to subjects like being single in your 30’s, not understanding church terms or young people, and being stuck in …
 
Having worked as a keynote speaker and professional Master of Ceremonies nearly ten years, Thom Singer has become an advocate for creating strong experiences for conference attendees. Thom has authored twelve books on the power of business relationships, sales, networking, presentation skills and entrepreneurship. He regularly speaks to corporate, …
 
Max Winfrey - a Stunt Comedian - has toured all over the U.S. and Canada. Max has performed for many Fortune 500 Companies. He has made numerous appearances on national television. Max was also a semi finalist on NBC's America's Got Talent. He recently appeared at my "second job" the Huckabee Show on TBN. You can can see a link to that video HERE. …
 
PODCAST TIPS FROM DAVID HOOPER David Hooper has released “BIG PODCAST – Grow Your Podcast Audience, Build Listener Loyalty & Get Everybody Talking About Your Show”. This book has changed the way I think about doing interviews and producing my show. If you are considering releasing a podcast, you are going to love this interview! We cover a lot of g…
 
Andrew Stanley graduated from college with a finance degree. He always thought he was funny but didn’t know how to explore writing comedy. A mutual friend introduced Andrew to Scott Dunn, who writes for a lot of great comedians (Listen to Scott’s Episode of the podcast here). Scott recommended Andrew write five minutes of jokes, and then go do them…
 
Stage Fright, Stolen Jokes, Getting Paid On this "After School Special" I take questions from a handful of students (along with a spouse of a student) about comedy. Matt asks about the best way to get a joke out of your notebook and on to the stage. And, he also asks how many jokes I’ve written since I began stand-up comedy? I tackle those question…
 
Kerri Pomarolli joins us today to discuss tips for beginning comedians. Kerri is a talented stand-up, writer and performer. She has penned five books, sold two scripts to the Hallmark Channeland also coaches new comedians through her site TheLaughDr.com Kerri is based in Los Angeles. She has appeared in over 75 stage productions and had recurring r…
 
DAMIAN MASON Do Business Better is the new book from Speaker/Author Damian Mason. The goal of the book is to fine tune your Traits, Habits and Actions to help you succeed. As entrepreneurs we can get bogged down with "tasks" instead of business. Our very nature has us chasing squirrels and looking for the next thing. After reading this book, I've b…
 
AARON SORRELS Aaron Sorrels "The Unemployed Alcoholic" approaches comedy, speaking and recovery support in a nonthreatening way.He shares stories and lessons he's learned while respecting other peoples' boundaries and decisions. After years of struggling with alcohol and the results of its impact, he got clean, got focused and got funny. Aaron uses…
 
Join us for an online open mic night! Yes - you can do time or just sit back and watch/listen. It will be a blast and is really easy to be part of the fun. Just click here and follow the three simple steps to signing up: https://www.martysimpson.com/punchlines-in-pajamas.html MARTY SIMPSON Show Notes We talk about a variety of things including: Pla…
 
Lisa Mills spent years of working in social service programs and nonprofit organizations. By honing her skills talking to those groups she also found her sense of humor. Using that humor she discovered she could connect and break the ice with the families she was helping. Her comedy shined bright at a conference she had helped plan. As the conferen…
 
Dan Whitehurst talks about going from cop to comedy. Dan is a friend of mine from nearly the first few weeks I moved to Nashville in 1999. I knew al little about his backstory, but have always wanted to learn more about the man behind that impressive beard. DAN WHITEHURST Show Notes We talk about a variety of things including: Past jobs as prison g…
 
Kay Dodd shares how she hit the reset button on her career after she decided “clean” was the way to go. Early in her journey she worked with Jeff Foxworthy on a few dates and he encouraged her to have a clean act. It took tossing out the old show and starting anew. Lucky for us, she is every bit as funny and able to perform anywhere with her curren…
 
Its time for the ever popular "After School Special"! Today I chat with a few students after a Stand-Up Comedy Level One: Writingclass in Nashville. They ask insight fun questions about choosing the right material for the right audience, how to include the opposite sex in your material, and how to survive the politically correct atmosphere that has…
 
Comedian John Felts joins us today from Wilmington, NC. John is a hit with his audiences because he takes time to research the group and write specific jokes for them. Customizing comedy shows isn't easy. It takes time and a little bit of courage. But it pays off with huge laughs. John walks us through the steps he takes to get the inside informati…
 
It is time for the 2019 Stand-Up Comedy Goals Podcast. This episode is a nerdy, comprehensive deep dive into measurable goals for sand-up comedians. Fame and fortune are payoffs, but not necessarily great goals. And, goals in and of themselves won't make you funnier than anyone else. But they should make you funnier than you are now if you set them…
 
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