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It’s time to analyze stand-up comedy! Today we dig knee deep into how to turn a funny thought into a full blown comedy bit. I am interviewed by Rick Altizer on his radio show which airs here in Nashville Saturday mornings at 9:30 on 106.3 FM. Rick is a songwriter, recording artist, music producer, film director and all around phenomenal talent. He produced the feature film Chonda Pierce – Laughing In The Dark and is working on her next movie as we speak.

He picks my brain on how to write stand-up comedy and what makes comedians tick.  Specifically we talk about:

  • The definition of a Christian comedian
  • Reading an audience and picking the best material
  • How I added teaching and coaching to my stand-up comedy career
  • Why isolating laugh triggers helped me move from middle act to headliner
  • How comics can layer techniques into their punchline to guarantee a laugh
  • Exploring a punchline to see where you can take the joke further
  • The process of writing stand-up comedy
  • The importance of letting things “marinade”
  • Examining your material
  • How you can parlay the punch line into something more powerful
  • The importance of creating a true connection
  • The right amount of self-deprecating humor and when to pull back
  • Why making fun of yourself first is necessary before picking on others
  • What is truly shocking in today’s comedy world
  • Using comedy to open the door to deeper conversations

And so much more …

Rik Roberts



The Rick Altizer Show is a weekly 30-minute program that interviews Nashville artists, directors, song writers and industry leaders. Host Rick Altizer is himself part of the entertainment industry—as a songwriter, recording artist, music producer and film director. This program focuses on how the truth of the Gospel is communicated through the entertainment medium in today’s culture.


I am looking for a few listeners who have new premises they would like to brainstorm. If you have the ability to RECORD your set, I would love to have you on the show! We will brainstorm over a Google Hangout, then you will need to bring back an audio clip within two weeks to include in the show.

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