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”…

Church, Corporate and Comedy Club Gigs

CHURCH, CORPORATE AND COMEDY CLUB GIGS [EP. 181]

Comedians Jonnie W. and Brian Bates join us today to talk about the differences and similarities between church, corporate and comedy club gigs. We each primarily perform in a different environment. Jonnie plays mostly in churches, Brian is comedy clubs and I’m usually off at a corporate event. JANUARY 2019 Nashville Comedy Writing Classes –…

Scott Long

CREATING A LOCAL PRESENCE WITH SCOTT LONG [EP. 174]

Comedian Scott Long joins us today to talk about creating a local presence in your market. If you haven’t realized the importance of becoming a resource in your own community – you are missing out. I’ve known Scott Long for over 25 years. We started roughly the same time in similar cities. He lived in…

How do I start comedy?

AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL [EP. 138]

Today’s “After School Special” podcast is brought to you by Patreon supporter John Hill. To learn how you can support podcast through a small, monthly donation, visit Patreon.com/SchoolOfLaughs  After School Special I am joined today by a group of School of Laughs students after a recent comedy writing class. We had a fun bunch this last round…

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…

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…