connect with audience

DON’T BUILD THE WALL BETWEEN YOU AND THE AUDIENCE [blog post]

Here are 3 things you should avoid if you want your jokes to be “borderless”. DON’T BUILD THE WALL … between you and the audience. There is a lot of talk about the proposed increased security around the US and Mexico border.  It got me to thinking. When you go onstage, are you building a “wall”…

dan whitehurst

DAN WHITEHURST: FROM COP TO COMEDY [EP. 187]

Dan Whitehurst talks about going from cop to comedy. Dan is a friend of mine from nearly the first few weeks I moved to Nashville in 1999. I knew al little about his backstory, but have always wanted to learn more about the man behind that impressive beard. DAN WHITEHURST Show Notes We talk about…

Dale Jones Comedy

DALE JONES HAS A PRESCRIPTION [EP. 182]

Comedian Dale Jones has a prescription for hilarious high-energy comedy. Which is good, because his stand-up is infectious and contagious! If you’ve never seen Dale Jones perform there is only one thing you need to know: he was influenced by Looney Tunes. Yes, Dale blends the physical cartoonish expressions with high level, smart material to…

When comedy goes wrong

9 STAND UP COMEDY LESSONS LEARNED [EP. 135]

This week’s episode “9 stand up comedy lessons learned in 2016” is brought to you by Patreon supporter Kay Dodd Stokes. To learn how you can support podcast through a small, monthly donation, visit Patreon.com/SchoolOfLaughs STAND UP COMEDY LESSONS As we look back at 2016 for the final time, I wanted to make sure I…

LESLIE NORRIS TOWNSEND

STAR SEARCH, DISNEY AND LESLIE NORRIS TOWNSEND [EP. 131]

Leslie Norris Townsend lost her parents when she was in her teens. In order to support her three siblings, she started entering beauty pageants in hopes of bringing home a check. The awards also helped pay for college. The contests required her to do a “talent” which helped her develop her singing and innate ability to improvise.…

COMEDIAN GREG WARREN

GREG WARREN – TRUST YOUR GUT [EP. 126]

Greg Warren (most recently seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show and Comedy Central Presents) has built a strong fan base with an act inspired by his Midwestern upbringing. His CDs, Running Out of Time (Sept 2013) and One Star Wonder (June 2009) hit #3 and #6 respectively in iTunes Top Comedy Albums. An honest mix of self-deprecation, frustration and…

COMEDIAN STRASSE

NINE MONTHS INTO STAND-UP COMEDY [EP. 123]

Today I am joined by one of my students “Straussie”. Straussie took the Stand-Up Comedy Level One: Writing class back in February. Then he followed through with the Level Two: Performance Class and the Business of Comedy Class. I could tell right away this guy doesn’t mess around. He is serious about things and is…

BEING VULNERABLE ONSTAGE [EP. 122]

Today I meet up with clean comedian and radio show host Daren Streblow. I’ve known Daren for awhile and he has always been super funny and extremely gracious. Today we talk a lot about the inner mind workings of a stand-up comedian. And we talk in depth about being vulnerable onstage. DARREN STREBLOW SHOW NOTES…

how to write stand up comedy

STAND-UP COMEDY EXAMINED [EP. 119]

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…

Jeffrey Jena

JEFFREY JENA – 38 YRS IN THE BIZ [EP. 096]

  Jeffrey Jena started comedy in … 1978! Were you even born? Ha. I was just 10 years old eating fruit loops in my jammies when Jeffrey Jena first hit the stage. Thirteen years later I worked with him for the first time.  And now, some 18 years later, we catch up. Jeffrey is still performing…