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095 LUIS RAMEY – DO WHAT WORKS (podcast)
With three Comedy Central specials, appearances on Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, The View, VH1, MTV and becoming a finalist in Last Comic Standing, Louis Ramey has now set his sights on the globe. He performed on a 40 country world tour that took him to Mumbai, Hong Kong, London, Dubai and Johannesburg. His standup routine could be seen in over 170 movie theaters across the United Kingdom in “The Comedy Store, Raw and Uncut.”
A favorite at comedy festivals worldwide, I met up with Louis just before he won the 2014 Gilda’s LaughFest Audience Favorite Clean Comedy Award!
We talk about the comedy journey of Luis Ramey including:
- His start at the Punchline in Atlanta with Jeff Foxworthy, Henry Cho & Killer Beaz
- Beginning comedy while bussing tables at a Ruby Tuesday’s
- His first big break emceeing on the road
- Seeing things from booking agent’s perspective
- Being professional as well as being funny
- Where and when you should invest in your promo material
- Why listening to other comics (irony noted) may not be a good idea
- One tip for noticing your “tics” on stage
- The goal every emcee should have (before even being funny)
- How you’ll know when you are ready to move up from emcee to feature, feature to headliner
- Why comedy is constant learning experience
- His 2 year move to London and the reasoning behind it
- A few differences between comics in the UK and the USA
- What material works best when entertaining the troupes
and a whole lot more. And, I mean a WHOLE LOT MORE. This is required listening for new and intermediate comics. Luis Ramey has survived and thrived in comedy for over 30 years. Worth your time my friends!
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