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Rik answers questions about SiriusXm, turning conversations into stage material and avoiding being a comedy clone.

After a recent writing class in Nashville we gather around the microphone as if it were a campfire.

In this episode Gavin (producer and aspiring comedian) discusses his first open mic appearance and what he learned from the experience.


  • Not to give yourself too much to remember
  • How to work through stage fright
  • The importance of editing

Rik offer tips for new comics such as:

  • Know your opening and closing bit inside and out
  • Ask yourself “What am I trying to say?” when defining your premise

Questions from students include:

  • Mike Spencer asks how to take the quick spontaneous wit he displays during conversations and apply it stand-up comedy.
  • Andrew Davis wants to know when to record a CD, how to set up a channel on Pandora, and how to get played on SiriusXM Radio.
  • Patrick Ebbit wants to know about regional differences and pronunciations of words. Patrick also asks about trends in styles of comedy and what to avoid.



This podcast is designed to help the aspiring comedian or platform speaker get funnier, faster. Workshops are taught live and can also be taken online at

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