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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…

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…

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…

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…

comedy questions

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 DO COMEDY

BEGINNING COMEDY QUESTIONS [EP. 088]

NEW AT COMEDY? YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING … Do you have beginning comedy questions about stand-up? Are you just dipping your toes in the waters of writing and performing? Today I am joined by three current writing students in this “after school special”. They each bring forth a slew of excellent questions. I am willing…

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TOP MISTAKES NEW COMEDIANS MAKE [EP. 063]

  When starting your comedy journey, there are hundreds of “first time” occurrences. Some you’ll breeze through and others will blow you away. No sweat. You learn as you go. Just don’t shoot yourself in the foot so many times that people see you hobbling towards them to make the same mistake again. CLICK TO LISTEN No…

Timing out your jokes

TIMING OUT YOUR JOKES [EP. 059]

  As comedians we can get pretty focused on how many Laughs Per Minute (LPM) our jokes are getting. But are you aware of how many words per minute (WPM) you speak? In this episode, we dig into a few ways you can eliminate 90% of the guesswork when estimating the time for a joke.…