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From the aspiring comedian to the part time pro this is the podcast you've been looking for! This podcast is full of honest insight and useful information on the journey from the open mic to the sweet paying corporate gig. Shows range in format from "comedy campfires" where we swap out the fire for a mic and get to the key questions from aspiring comics to in-depth interviews with professional comedians, booking agents, managers and club owners. Led by 23 yr comedy veteran Rik Roberts (www.R ...
 
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Stand Up Explained

Brandt Tobler and Andrew Sleighter

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Don't waste your money on a comedy class, because trust us, if you are going to be a comedian you are going to need every dollar you have! Each week Andrew Sleighter and Brandt Tobler explain Standup Comedy. They have been seen on Conan, Comedy Central and Espn! They've performed at colleges, corporate events, nudist colonies and cruise ships. They've done military tours, recorded CD's and wrote books. And to reach all these successes, they bombed countless times! They will talk about gettin ...
 
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Today we wrap up the long-running (6 1/2 years) School of Laughs podcast! It started in July of 2014 and has run the course of over 255 episodes. If you have a question about stand-up comedy we have covered it on this podcast. So as we wrap, where do you go from here? Today we talk about clearing off your schedule for upcoming goals. You can't add …
 
Today we focus on the year ahead. What are you trying to accomplish moving forward? Yes, it's the annual goals tracker worksheet episode! You can download the Goals Tracker Worksheet .pdf by clicking HERE. Thanks to the Patreon sponsor for this episode John Smith. We'll cover how to set attainable goals in bite-sized pieces. Specifically, we get in…
 
Sharing marketing tips for comics is the one and wonderful Tracy DeGraff. After penning her first book, "Laugh Anyway Mom", Tracy took classes at The Second City in Chicago hoping to take her stories to the comedy stage. Today, she joins us to share insights on what has worked (along with a few things that didn't) on her way to creating her one wom…
 
I just wrapped up 17 shows in 27 days. I am still learning how to be a comedian, speaker, facilitator, and actor. On top of that, I have to book travel and get myself to and from the gigs. Today I am going to share with you a lesson learned from each of the events. During the run, my shows consisted of two of my speeches, my stand-up, personal appe…
 
Today I am discussing comedy win-win opportunities with Chester Goad. I met Chester a few years ago at the BIG PODCAST conference with David Hooper. We've been in the loop ever since. During the past 18 months, we've spent many hours on coaching calls. Sometimes it is spent developing material, or creating a game plan. And always, trying to find wi…
 
Have you thought about CREATING A COMEDY CD? Brian Kohatsu joins us today to talk about a project that had been on his list for roughly 5 years. Coivd gave him time to finally knock it out and he knocked it out of the park! I'll play a few clips from his project "Secret Asian Man" and dig into the process for making the CD happen. CREATING A COMEDY…
 
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 together. We talk about h…
 
Chris Ruppe is our guest on this episode, and he is also our Patreon sponsor. I first met Chris at a Christian Comedy Association conference. Since then he has developed material and started to think about going full time into comedy. Along those lines, Chris had some specific questions about making that move. If you are considering making comedy a…
 
[This encore presentation of my interview with Jeanne Robertson is in honor of the late Speaker & Huomrists passing. Prayers and condolences for all those who were close to her. ] An interview with a rock star - Jeanne Robertson! In July of 2017, I had a great time talking with Jeanne. We discuss a career that started in the late ’60s and has carri…
 
In today's episode, Jonnie W. & Brian Bates join me. We discuss how the comedy scene is bouncing back, the latest Bo Burnham special, and how changing one line in a joke can take it to newer and sometimes better places. This episode is sponsored by Patreon supporter Jeremy Lee. If you would like to support the podcast please visit www.SchoolOfLaugh…
 
Join me for an encore presentation of Episode #2 of the School of Laughs podcast. This episode is brought to you by Patreon supporter Josh Liston. Find out how you can help us stay on the air at www.SchoolOfLaughs.com/Patreon. Producer Gavin Miller gathered questions from a club full of aspiring comics just like yourself. When the dust settled we c…
 
oday we are joined by Thor Ramsey. Thor is the force behind the movie Church People. The film takes us inside a megachurch whose pastor is caught up in gimmicks more than the gospel. Thor’s character, Guy Sides, is a rising youth pastor who is trying to get things back to being focused on the gospel. But, his agent and his pastor are going the othe…
 
CRISP AND CLEAN COMEDY COMPETITION Welcome to the competition results episode. This showcase of clean comedy was open to all comedians. The clips ranged from stand-up, musical comedy to comedy without an audience delivered straight to the microphone. All clips submitted, as long as they were clean and clearly understandable, made it into the episod…
 
Welcome to the competition episode. This showcase of clean comedy was open to all comedians. Whether you are brand new, full-time, or fooling yourself. The clips range from stand-up, musical comedy to comedy without an audience delivered straight to the microphone. All clips submitted, as long as they were clean and clearly understandable, made it …
 
In this episode, I will discuss the re-emergence of stand-up comedy. Battling shuttered clubs, empty showrooms, dry-docked cruise ships, and other venues it has been a tough year for comedians. I discuss a variety of things, including: Vaccination rates in the USA and how that affects audiences How some states are using Lotteries to entice vaccinat…
 
“Cancel Culture” is a term that has become more prevalent. In the world of comedy, it’s one step further down the path of political correctness. Today we talk about what it is, how it affects comedy, and what comedians can do to neutralize its invasion of our art form. Webster defines cancel culture as “a way of behaving in society or group, especi…
 
Crisp and Clean Comedy Competition Guidelines This showcase of clean comedy is open to all comedians. Whether you are brand new, full-time, or fooling yourself. Here’s how it will work. The clip can be stand-up, sketch, musical comedy - as long as it is clean and clearly understandable. Send your TV CLEAN audio clip, 60 seconds or less to SchoolofL…
 
Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a movie, write a jingle, or land Bob Dylan's manager? Well, today you are in luck! I have a pod-swap interview with Rick Altizer. Not only is Rick an incredibly good friend, but we also share an office! Over the years I've learned a lot about his character, his dedication to his work, and his incredib…
 
Have you ever wondered what goes through a comedian’s mind when they tell a joke that doesn’t work? Whether you’re an aspiring comedian or a hardcore comedy nerd, The Art of Bombing Podcast has something for everyone. From useful comedy insight to entertaining stories of bombing and failure told by the comedians that lived through them. Join Rik Ro…
 
This is the follow-up podcast to episode 235 where I shared my process of preparing for my last recording. You can listen to that podcast HERE. In this episode, I review the live recording. Offering up insights into my thinking for choosing certain jokes, we talk about what went well and what could have been different. We start off by listening to …
 
Preparing for a live comedy recording involves choosing your jokes, timing out the set, editing, making segues, practicing it live, and more. Today I share the process I went through for my last recording. Things were a little different this time due to COVID-19. But the overall approach is still similar to the way I have done it in the past. We co…
 
Over the past few weeks, I've received a handful of questions from listeners. I thought I would share the answers with everyone. The questions are ... Do you think comedy will return to the way it was before the virus? What books do you recommend to comedians? What are some crowd work tips? When do you make money in comedy? LISTEN NOW: Thanks to Bi…
 
Today I am happy to introduce you to my friend Dan Rupple. As a respected comedy writer, producer, and speaker, Dan has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX News, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Radio America, and more. Show Notes How did he get started in comedy? What is…
 
Facebook Pixels and YouTube Shorts Today I learn about Facebook pixels and Youtube Shorts with Zack Lyman. Zack is a funny comic out of Phoenix. When not on stage, he consults on marketing projects for companies and individuals. We tap into that expertise today to find out how we should be using Facebook Pixels in conjunction with ads to drive traf…
 
Today we review the year that was, the year ahead, and what we are trying to accomplish moving forward. Yes, it's the annual goals tracker episode! If you aren't a member of the Insider Tip Sheet Newsletter, you'll want to shoot an email to schooloflaughs@gmail.com and request to be added. This episode comes with a .pdf that is only available to Cl…
 
Today I answer questions about comedy as I am interviewed by Josh Liston, host of Tips of the Slung and Punching Sideways podcasts. Josh is an avid listener of the School of Laughs podcast and noticed I left a few topics uncovered. He noted that occasionally I will say, "one day I should do a whole episode on that topic". But ... sometimes I never …
 
Virtual gigs, drive-ins, outdoor parking lots ... is this what it has come down to? I discuss the options for comedians with former students Brain Bates and Jonnie W. If 2020 has taught us anything it is this: "adapt or die." There just aren't as many inside gigs as usual. If you want to earn some money you have to get outside your comfort zone. To…
 
This episode is all about YOU! That’s right. It’s time to pause and recalibrate. The podcast is going on its 7th year in 2021 and I want to make sure it still serves a purpose for you. It started out as a weekly comedy class-style show. Then evolved into an interview format. Where do we go from here? It’s up to you. Let me know how I can serve you …
 
In this episode, I get to catch up with a former student, June Colson. I met June in 2017 at the Christian Comedy Association annual conference. She was eager to learn comedy but still wasn’t sure if she was in the right place. After meeting some fellow comedians with similar interests she decided to give it a go. Lucky for us. If she hadn’t, we wo…
 
In this episode, I get to discuss the history of The Onion with founding member Scott Dikkers. Dikkers helped found the original Onion newspaper. He’s served as The Onion’s owner and editor-in-chief, on and off, for much of the last quarter-century. In 1996 Scott founded the website, TheOnion.com . In the mid-2000s, Scott headed up the creation of …
 
Learn how to generate creative comedy with Josh Harris. Josh is a talented, creative stand-up comedian. He expresses his vision through music, video, and sketch comedy. Josh provides a great example of how stand-up can evolve off-stage. His high energy performances are more like a one-man show in quality. With over 10 million views of his hilarious…
 
Sword Swallower Dan Meyer grew up as a scared, shy, skinny, wimpy kid who was teased and beat up by the bullies. He convinced himself that someday he would perform superhuman feats, DO the IMPOSSIBLE, and change the world. And he did! Today Dan mixes danger, laughter, and swords to defy death with a smile. And as he does … he inspires audiences to …
 
OVERCOMING STAGE FRIGHT Today we make a call all the way to Scotland to talk about overcoming stage fright. Elissa Di Napoli is the best-selling author of “Dare to Be Seen” from Stage Fright to Stage Presence. She helps performing artists command the stage and magnify their presence. By doing so, they can share their gifts with their audience and s…
 
CREATING A TV SHOW with JIM HOPE Today we are talking about creating a TV show with my friend Jim Hope. He's a whiz who writes, performs, and produces comedy. I first met Jim when I performed on the Henry Cho Show on Great American Country (GAC Cable TV). He was a co-writer and producer and I could tell a smart guy. I caught him again a few years l…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss rather are not you should acknowledge that you are bombing! There are a couple different ways to handle bombing ..... do you address it, do you make fun of yourself, do you yell at the crowd for being awful, or do you just plow through and get your set over with? We discuss what has worked for us, and what really di…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss the old theory that you have to have an awful life to become a stand up comedian. We talk about our upbringings, how tragedy has affected our comedy, and why tough times will help you prepare for the ups and downs of comedy, BUT you don't have to have tragedy + time.... to get to the comedy! #comedyclass #funny #sta…
 
I am extremely excited to share with you some storytelling tips for speakers with Dave Bricker. Dave is an experienced speaker, trainer, and coach. Even more cool is he is a sailor! In fact, he combines his love of sailing with storytelling and is able to help people tell remarkable stories—through writing, speaking, graphic design, video, technolo…
 
On this weeks episode we and the question we know you all want to know.....When Should You Move To LA? We both lived in Los Angeles for almost a decade, and we share the good and bad lessons we learned. We will also have you answer one question and that will give you an answer on rather or not it's time to take the plunge and move to HOLLYWOOD and …
 
On this weeks episode we discuss Dealing With Rejection! Any comedian has had jokes rejected, been told NO by club bookers and festivals, and dealt with rejection emails from the industry! (If they even respond) There is so much rejection in this business, and we are here to help you realize that rejection is not a bad thing! #howtobeacomedian #com…
 
On this episode we are talking college comedy with Eric O'Shea. Colleges have entertainment budgets and seek out comedians, bands and other performers to fill their schedule. Could you fill your schedule with college work? Eric breaks down what you need in terms of material, personality, flexibility and longevity. If you are curious what it takes t…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss Callbacks and Transitions! Early on our careers we were way to worried about transitions, and we eventually figured out a few tricks to make them a little more smooth. We also tell you the importance of when, where, and how to use a callback. And why crowds always love them! #howtobeacomedian #standup #comedy #howto…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss the importance of watching and studying headliners. We share stories of all the tricks we have learned from watching good, bad, and ugly headliners! There are so many great headliners working today, and there is so much (good and bad) you can learn from each and every one of them. #standup #comedy #funny #howtobeaco…
 
Today I talk with Chris Wineland, the author of “The Great Heckle.” Chris popped on my radar when her performed on the Huckabee show in Nashville. He’s a busy guy. He has written for Emmy Nominated “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Pursuing his love of late night comedy, Chris co-created the acclaimed Christian late night show “Next Week with Jeff Du…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss rather or not you should put your material online. Will people steal your material, how long of a video should you put up, best ways to get a good tape, and most importantly why your material should only be showcased on your page! #comedy #standup #standupcomedy #comedyclass #comedytips Please subscribe, rate, revie…
 
On this weeks episode we answer the age old question of "When should I get a manager and agent" We talk about how you get them, our experiences with them, why you need them, why you don't need them, and why the key to your success will always be your own hard work! #standup #comedy #funny #comedyclass #comedyadvice Please subscribe, rate, review, a…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss drinking and doing drugs before, during, and after the show. A lot of times they both will be available for free....BUT you gotta remember what's important, and that is always being funny! We give a little advice, and tell stories about the good and bad nights we have had as intoxicated comedians! #standup #comedy #…
 
On this weeks episode we discuss what to wear on stage. There are a few unwritten rules about what to wear when performing, so we go over those and share some stories about the awful things we wore on stage. Just remember look good, feel good, and be funny! #comedy #standup #jokes #howtobeacomedian #comedyclass Please subscribe, rate, review, and t…
 
MOODY MOLAVI joins us today to talk comedy. Specifically we talk about: MOODY MOLAVI SHOW NOTES Getting started in Chattanooga Crashing cars and motorcycles Learning about trigger words in a joke Using his background for stage material His desire to perform for the military Doing his DryBar comedy special Going on the road with Killer Baez and much…
 
On this weeks episode we teach you how to deal with bookers. We talk about getting booked on bar shows, showcases, corporate gigs, and comedy clubs. There definitely is a strategy to getting booked, and we give you all the tricks that we have learned over the years. And we agree that the best way to get booked, is be funny! #standup #comedy #funny …
 
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