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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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Author Doug Brod joins Eddie this week to discuss 'They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll.' The guys take a deep dive into each band's history, Brod's background and how he became a fan, and so much more. Plus, Starz guitarist Richie Ranno rings in to discuss the book, the band's history, and…
 
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…
 
L.A. Guns guitarst Tracii Guns and singer Phil Lewis join Eddie this week to discuss the belated 30th anniversary of their iconic sophomore record, 'Cocked & Loaded,' as well as the special live event they performed in Vegas to support the record's 31st birthday. The duo also reflect on what that record means to them, how the hit "The Ballad of Jay…
 
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 …
 
There's a Seattle 90's rock invasion on Eddie's podcast this week! First, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney call in to discuss being bestowed The Founders Award by the Museum of Pop Culture as well as what they are up to now and any future plans for the band. Then, guitarist Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) and drummer Matt …
 
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…
 
On this very meaningful Thanksgiving episode, Eddie speaks with guitarist Lanny Cordola of House of Lords and Giuffria about the charitable work he has been doing in Afghanistan to teach young girls how to play the guitar, why he decided to help these children, other celebrities who have supported the cause, their touching cover songs and videos, a…
 
Eddie delivers a rockin' double episode this week with two iconic singers! First, Myles Kennedy discusses Alterbridge's new live effort, 'Walk the Sky 2.0,' his upcoming solo record, what Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is up to, his thoughts on Eddie Van Halen, and more! Then, Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon discusses the band's new alb…
 
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 …
 
Eddie serves up another double shot on this episode with an interview with Styx frontman Tommy Shaw followed by a chat with The Struts singer Luke Spiller. Shaw talks about the band's induction into the White Castle Hall of Fame! Then, Spiller discusses the band's new album, 'Strange Days,' navigating the travel ban to record, the special guests, a…
 
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…
 
On this double episode, Eddie is joined by two guitar legends! First, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens rings in to discuss the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass. Plus, he talks about working with Vince Neil, the status of Deadland Ritual, gives an update on upcoming Billy Idol music, and more! Then, guitarist/vocalist Orianthi discusses her …
 
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 …
 
On another double episode, Eddie is first joined by Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle who discusses the band's new biopic, 'Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.' Pyle discusses the controversial lawsuits involved with the film, recounts Ronnie Van Zandt's last moments, talks about writing the music for the soundtrac…
 
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…
 
Eddie takes a deep dive into KISStory on this double episode with former KISS guitarists Ace Frehley and Bruce Kulick. First, The Spaceman kicks things off with a track by track breakdown of his new solo album, 'Origins: Vol 2.' Then, Kulick reflects on the 'Asylum' era of the band on the album's 35 year anniversary and remembers his late brother, …
 
On yet another double shot, Eddie first brings you an interview with Don Dokken about his new record, 'The Lost Songs: 1978-1981.' He also gives an update on his health, discusses performing during the pandemic, reflects on how he ended up singing with the Scorpions, and so much more. Then, Blue Oyster Cult guitarist talks about the band's new albu…
 
Eddie brings you a double dip of guitar royalty! First, guitarist John Petrucci joins in to discuss his new solo album, 'Terminal Velocity,' challenges he faces while writing instrumental songs, what Dream Theater has planned, reuniting with Mike Portnoy, and more! Then, shredder John 5 calls in to discuss his new John 5 and the Creatures live albu…
 
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 …
 
Eddie brings you another double dip with two musical icons from the 1970s! First, Styx founding member James "J.Y." Young rings in to discuss the digital release of the band's 2003 album 'Cyclorama,' the new video for the prophetic song "These are the Times," his thoughts on the RNRHOF, and more. Then, Kansas guitarist Richard Williams joins Eddie …
 
On this double episode, Eddie is first joined by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover who discusses the band's new album, 'Woosh!' Glover also looks back on his relationship with Richie Blackmore, getting inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, why he doesn't want a dramatic retirement, and more! Then, singer/songwriter Graham Bonnet calls in 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…
 
On this double episode, Eddie is first joined by former Triumph frontman Rik Emmett, who discusses his solo career, big name artists he worked with, the upcoming Triumph documentary, and more! Then, Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan calls in to discuss his soap business, the possibility of a tour for the 'Subhuman Race' anniversary, questionable pierci…
 
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…
 
Eddie delivers a double header of rock drummers on this episode! First, Guns 'n' Roses drummer Frank Ferrer joins in to discuss his new band, Pssr. Then, Jimmy DeGrasso explains why he is no longer in RATT, remembers bandmates that have passed, and discusses just some of the illustrious bands he has performed with, including Megadeth, Alice Cooper,…
 
On this massive episode, Eddie is joined by two legends! First, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich rings in to discuss Eddie's "Top 20 Metallica Songs List," while also reflecting on the early days of his career vs. now, making songs you liked at the time, but later outgrew, why they like doing cover songs, and gives his personal favorite Metallica song…
 
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…
 
Eddie Trunk brings you another double header this week! First, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett phones in to discuss the new music from Devil City Angels, the status of Poison, his health, and more! Then, Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr checks in to discuss the band's upcoming record, their latest EP, and shares stories from when the band was o…
 
On this double episode, Eddie is joined first by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen who reflects on the band's past while shares his hopes for the future. He also discusses his new fitness challenge, how the shutdown has affected him, and more! Then, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon rings in and discusses the new band he's working with, Red VooDoo, his …
 
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…
 
Eddie Trunk brings you another double shot on this episode! Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa kicks things off and discusses what it was like being on tour when the pandemic started, building a fan base without social media, Black Country Communion, and looks back on some moments from his storied history. Then, Eddie concludes with his first ever intervi…
 
On this double episode, legendary producer and engineer Beau Hill first joins Eddie to discuss his storied career, working with artists like Ratt, Kix, Winger, and so many others, his role in the formation of Interscope Records, what he's up to now, and more! Then, Eddie closes the show with guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, who discusses reforming his …
 
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 double shot, Eddie brings you TWO massive interviews! First, Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor calls in to discuss his new solo album, almost singing for Anthrax and Velvet Revolver, recent charity work, and more! Then, UFO founding member/drummer Andy Parker remembers late guitarist Paul "Tonka" Chapman, who passed away on June 9, …
 
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 double shot, Eddie Trunk is first joined by legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley who checks in on his birthday. The Spaceman discusses writing a new album, having to postpone the latest release, his favorite song from his own catalog, and more! Then, pro wrestler and Fozzy vocalist Chris Jericho rings in to discuss his new 80's Kiss cover 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…
 
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