working in new material on stage

Working In New Comedy Material On Stage

How often should I be working in new comedy material on stage? by Rik Roberts (www.SchoolOfLaughs.com) This is a GREAT question that I received twice last week. It came from both an established feature act, and a brand new aspiring comedian. As you might expect, there is no “one size fits all” answer. Some will…

Tips On Memorizing Your Set

MEMORIZING YOUR JOKES [EP. 019]

Do you struggle with memorizing your jokes? Have you ever had problems with your voice during a show? What are the pros and cons of using props or musical instruments on stage? In this “after school special” recorded with students from the writing class in Nashville, we discuss several techniques to help you tie your jokes…

John Garret Comedy

PERFORMING IN NYC – JOHN GARRETT [EP. 017]

Comedian John Garrett had enough with his day job and saw an opportunity to pursue comedy full time. So, he took a few legal pads from the supply closet and started performing in NYC. Since his arrival, he’s sharpened his wit, broadened his options and become one exceptionally funny guy. Check out this episode! We talk about:…

ursuing Corporate Market part 1

Pursuing The Corporate Comedy Market – Part One

So you’ve been in the comedy clubs for a while. But, you keep hearing about all the good money comics can make when they book a “corporate” gig. Pursuing the corporate comedy market is worthwhile. Being fed steak, treated professionally, and getting paid as much for one show as you do for a whole week…

COMEDY After School Special

AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL [EP. 016]

  This comedy campfire style episode was recorded after a live stand-up comedy class in Nashville, comedy students ask great questions including:  Where do you find up and coming comedians on the web? How do I come up with a stage name? What do you do when you have a “down day” to get into…

How Do i get Paid to do Comedy

HOW DO I GET PAID TO DO COMEDY? [EP. 015]

Now that you rule the open mic scene, you may be wondering, “How do I get paid to do comedy?” Every club is a little different, but we discuss the most common process for getting bumped up from the open mic treadmill to a paid emcee week at the comedy club. Check out this episode!…

Paid Work at a Comedy Club am i ready

PAID WORK AT A COMEDY CLUB – AM I READY? [EP. 014]

Ever wonder how to get paid work at a comedy club? Before you burn your first impression, here are a few questions you should ask yourself. It’s far better to be over prepared than barely there. Check out this episode! Listen and then answer these questions honestly: 1) Is there a market for my comedy? 2) How many…

COMEDY CONTRACTS

COMEDY CONTRACTS – NO JOKING AROUND [EP. 010]

Contracts for independent performers, comedians and bands are no joking matter. In this episode we address the key components of a performer-based contract for shows you book outside of the comedy club. Check out this episode! Specifically, we talk about how to draft a contract that has YOUR best interest in mind. We cover: Refundable…

INTROS CLOTHES and BIO No Nos SchoolOfLaughs

INTROS, CLOTHES, BIO NO-NO’S [EP. 009]

First impressions are key in any business. In show business, how you are introduced, what you look like, and how you promote yourself is crucial. Check out this episode! Listener questions addressed in this episode include: What is your take on appearances, outfit, clothing, etc., How does it affect the audience perception of you in relation to…