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COMEDIANS AND PRESIDENTS [EP. 045]

With the talk of presidential candidates in the air here in the United States, I got to thinking about what I want in a leader. Oddly enough, many traits we identified are also traits of great comedians. Candidates are definitely characters. Comedians are as well. But what are the common links that cross over from…

PErfect Comedy Club Set up

PERFECT COMEDY CLUB SET-UP [EP. 039]

Okay, no doubt there is room to disagree on this topic. Everyone has the things they like in a club – and things they hate. This episode is chock full of what I would LOVE to see in a comedy club set-up. From the floors to the ceiling, the sound and lights, to the stage…

8 Tips For What to Wear on Stage

8 Tips For What To Wear On Stage

by Rik Roberts | www.SchoolOfLaughs.com You spend a lot of time working on your act, networking, and beefing up your web presence. Have you spent any time thinking about what you wear onstage? It is easy to forget that part of the equation. Don’t believe me? Attend any comedy show and most likely you’ll see one or more…

Joke-Thieves Comedy Cardinal Sin

JOKE THIEVES – STOLEN LAUGHTER [EP. 031]

  Joke thieves are everywhere. Just when you least expect it, your favorite routine that you’ve worked years to perfect is stolen. And it’s on TV nonetheless! What do you do? Drop the joke? Confront the thief? Check out this episode! As long as there have been stories, there have also been “raconteurs” who have…

trouble shooting a slow start on stage

Troubleshooting A Slow Start Onstage

By Rik Roberts | www.SchoolofLaughs.com At some point, every new comedian will have a show that just gets off to a sluggish start. The laughs aren’t coming, the crowd looks confused, and something seems amiss. The comedian can blame the crowd, shrug it off and forget about it. Or, if the set was recorded, they…

Shold a host do crowd work

Should a Host do Crowd Work?

by Rik Roberts (www.SchoolOfLaughs.com) This question was asked as a follow up to the post on hosting tips last week. As with nearly every comedy topic the short answer is, “find what works best for you by experimenting and see how it goes.” So that’s one answer. More specifically, I feel the host (or as…

Unwritten Comedy Rules School Of Laughs

UNWRITTEN RULES OF COMEDY [EP. 024]

  Be funny. That’s really the only rule in stand-up comedy, right? It is a biggie, and it trumps everything. The funnier you are the more you can get away with, no doubt. But there are countless unwritten rules of comedy. Most of these unspoken expectations are unsaid because only an idiot would have to…