SCHOOL OF LAUGHS PODCAST LESSONS LEARNED [EP. 200]

Welcome to the 200th episode of the School of Laughs podcast! What an amazing journey this has been. Two hundred? Yes indeed. We made it. To be perfectly honest there were many times where I thought about moving onto something else. The amount of time invested in this show was preventing me from doing some…

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PUNCHLINES IN PAJAMAS MARTY SIMPSON [EP. 198]

Marty Simpson joins us today to talks about hard lessons learned in stand-up comedy. From getting his first stage time at five hour talent show, to auditioning for Last Comic Standing … it’s all here. He also shares with us insight into his weekly online open mic “Punchlines in Pajamas”. Info below: Join us for…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

wrong jokes

3 NEW JOKES [EP. 117]

We follow up last week’s premise session with Jonnie W. and Brian Bates. They both pop back by the headquarters with audio clips. Last week’s premises are now jokes. But, how solid are they? We listen to Jonnie’s clip about Church Nurseries and wonder … Would this joke work as a cold opener? Is it…

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PREMISE, PREMISE, PREMISE [EP. 116]

Today I am joined by former students (and now full-time comedians) Jonnie W. and Brian Bates. We frequently hangout and run jokes and ideas past each other. I thought we should record this and let you in on the process. It’s not rocket science. But, it is insightful to see how different people find humor…

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AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL – COMEDY QUESTIONS [EP. 115]

Today I am joined by several recent writing students to answer their comedy questions. Specifically, we talk about: What is a good way to know that you should continue pursuing stand-up comedy? How many shows is a good barometer for getting your feet wet? When should you quit! The value in bombing (and recording it)…

how to write jokes

NEW BIT COMEDY CHALLENGE [EP. 105]

Last week you met John Branyan. He is the comic with an affinity for Shakespeare and the Three Little Pigs. After I hung up, I thought about a comedy challenge. John and I were both headed to the same conference that weekend (Christian Comedy Association). We were both slated to perform at the same showcase.…