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The time between deciding you want to try stand-up and actually making any money doing it can be lengthy and humbling. MOST give up before they have success.

These writing and performing classes push you two to three years ahead of those who are “winging it.” You will have a built in peer group as well as access to information I’ve gathered in my 20+ years as a professional in the comedy world.

Below are some recent School Of Laughs success stories from some of the 200+ graduates of the “School of Laughs.”

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Brian Bates

Listen to his full episode of the podcast CLICK HERE.

Brian Bates has had the opportunity to travel all over the United States doing standup comedy. In 2014 alone, he’s performed as far west as Las Vegas, Nevada, as far north as Erie, Pennsylvania, and as far south as Marco Island, Florida.

He can be heard daily on Sirius satellite radio’s Laugh USA.

Follow him on twitter at @brianbatescomic.


Monty Mitchell

Monty Mitchell

Monty Mitchell is a funny guy. But don’t let that fool you, he is a lot deeper than just laughs. Listen in to hear how hard work and dedication is a must for anyone who wants to take things to the next level.

Check him out online at:


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Paulina Combow

Listen to her full episode of the podcast CLICK HERE.

Paulina Combow was recently been awarded a scholarship to attend Second City workshops in Chicago. Paulina is a hilarious, hard-working comic who also co-produces 3 monthly stand-up shows, with former student Mary Jay Berger. The show “Comedy Pug Hugs” is a big hit at Mad Donna’s Loft in Nashville, TN. More info on that show at

Congratulations Paulina! Follow her career at



Jonnie W.

Listen to his full episode of the podcast CLICK HERE.

Jonnie W. performs over 100 events a year, including shows with YouTube sensation Tim Hawkins on his “Rockshow Comedy Tour.”

He has performed for a crowd of 5,000 at Lifeway Stores’ “Main Event” at Belmont University, and shared the stage with Willie Robertson (Duck Dynasty), and FSU Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden.

His DVD, “Angry Sandwich” is available at

Follow him on Twitter: @Jonnie_W


Mike James Comedy

Mike James

Mike James is a busy man! He paid some dues and met some big names as he emceed shows at Zanies in Nashville. Now he is all over the map opening for Lonnie Love and Ralphie Mae. Being funny, likable and professional will always pay off and Mike is a great example of someone staying the course and working as much as he can to get better.

Follow Mike on twitter @funnymanmikej , check him out on Facebook and watch his clips on .



Kate Spellman

Kate has performed and guest hosted for several local comedy shows around Nashville and Murfreesboro including the Nashville Stand up Showcase at Zanies. And is slated to appear at the Southern Belle Festival in September 2014.

In addition to stand-up, Kate creates a YouTube web-series called “Mundane Lorraine”- which chronicles the adventures of a Southern Lady named Lorraine who has endless enthusiasm for the mundane tasks of life.

Follow Kate’s online at

And on her YouTube page


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Karen Eddington

Karen Eddington overcame performing comedy in the rough bars of Utah. That’s right. Utah. I first met Karen when she called and asked about the online writing course. She already had some stage time but wanted to punch up her jokes. She definitely has done that. Today she has great tips for comedians new and old.

Mark Anundson

Mark is a joke machine that is kind enough to grace local shows and clubs with his comedic genius. Mark has been performing for over a decade and every once in a while will get a paying gig.

Mark won the funniest person in Camden TN comedy contest and came in last place in the funniest person in Chattanooga TN contest.

Check Mark out on Twitter @Anundson


Brian Swinford

After spending several years practicing stand up comedy in Nashville and throughout the south, Brian took a chance to do something most comedians only dream of – make a living by performing.

Brian is co-creator of The Redneck Comedy Bus Tour. The 2 hour comedy/sight seeing show of Nashville entertains thousands of tourist and locals every year.

Follow Brian on Facebook at:

Or come see him on the bus! Go to for more information.


Riley Fox

After five years cutting his comedy teeth all around the southeast, Riley joined the comedy mecca in Portland, OR in Summer 2013. In just over a year, he has already headlined several local showcases, rubbed shoulders with some of the best comics in the country by volunteering at the annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival,

Riley’s second live stand-up comedy release (an EP entitled Further Thoughts & Provocations) can be downloaded for free at

Follow Riley on Twitter at (@riley_fox)


Drew Davis

Drew has worked hard to pursue a career in comedy. In just his first two years he has performed at the Heart of Texas Comedy Festival and at Atlanta’s Blackbox Festival.

One of his jokes has been selected by to be featured in a comedy deck of cards – 4 of clubs to be exact.

You can join Drew Davis on his comedy journey by following him on Twitter @DrewDavisComedy or


Charlie McCoin

Charlie has performed in churches of all denominations, wedding chapels where he recorded his debut album, and concert halls known for their music.

Comedy has allowed Charlie to join the world famous Country Music Association; one of country music’s most elite groups. Beyond comedy, he is a writer and storyteller.

For more information, check out

Charlie is also on Facebook /charlieisfunny. And twitter @charliemccoin



Coor Cohen

Coor started as a writer but eventually made her way to the stand-up stage. In less than 3 years, she has opened for comics like Nikki Glaser and also performed at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival (NC).

She regularly showcases and is working on material for her first album.

Follow Coor on Twitter @CoorCohen

Or you can check her out on