For those of you out there and working the road, it could be a few days that you can fill in a long road schedule.
Manager Jason Burkhart says that the club is going to be having shows on Thursdays at 9pm and Friday and Saturdays at 8pm and 10pm.
Great News for Lansing
That’s great news for that area of the country. As they were lacking in a club since Connxtions closed their doors last year.
Also good news, the club is going to be booked by the folks at the Funny Business Agency. So for those of you who already know John and Eric Yoder and the rest of the family, you already sort of have an “in.”
Those of you who don’t, I suggest getting an intro so you can have another club to add to your Contact Sheet of Clubs and Bookers.
And what I mean by that is this: Drop what you’re doing right now. Click those links and get those guys into your file system of bookers and clubs, then schedule a time to call or find a way to drop into the club, say to say hello.
And if you don’t have a file system for your bookers and club owners, start creating one.
Do you have a method for keeping track of your bookers? If so, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear how you keep your contacts organized!
Craig Ferguson announced Monday night that he’ll be leaving the Late, Late Show at the end of this year. There is a lot of speculation that Ferguson was mistreated and completely overlooked, when CBS passed over him to replace David Letterman who will be retiring at the end of this year.
This after a 10-year run!
He was like a second string quarterback waiting his turn to take over the team.
Imagine if the Green Bay Packers overlooked Aaron Rogers after Brett Favre left the team?
CBS Blew It!
I think CBS completely blew it with this decision. They instead went with Stephen Colbert.
Colbert is very talented, but unproven and untested as a host in a non-satirical, non-character-based environment.
Ferguson is fresh, unique and extremely talented.
The execs who made this decision have ABSOLUTELY NO CONCEPT of the level of talent it takes to go off-script like Ferguson does and riff on a subject and get consistently great laughs. The guy is a genius.
*But Jerry, tell us how you really feel!*
He has an ability to detach from the show and actually make you feel like he’s in your living room; all the while still engaging the studio audience.
Who else does that?!
I don’t understand their reasoning for this decision. The only thing I can hypothesize on is that they are looking to target the 18-34 male demographic; the demo that is so coveted by advertisers and and already targeted by Comedy Central, Colbert’s current home.
But if that’s the case they blew it, as Ferguson and Colbert are virtually the same age!
Writing Positions Are Opening Up
But what does this mean for my readers, (all 3 of you)?
I know that some of you are really into looking to nail a job on a Late Night Show as a writer. This is a truly historic time with the shake-ups that are happening all around late night. Never in my life time have there been so many changes in the late night line up. in the same year.
With Colbert replacing Letterman and Ferguson leaving at the end of this year, new opportunities will be springing up all over the network.
Time to sharpen your pencils, freshen your pens and get your carpel tunnel wrist braces on and start re-typing and re-writing your Late Night TV submission packets.
Those of you who have taken my workshop on writing for late night know that you should be re-tooling your submission packet every 6 months and sending it in to the shows producers on a regular basis.
You should also be tweeting your daily jokes. Why? The Late Night with Seth Meyers people plucked an I.T. worker from Peoria, and put him on the staff for the show after reading his humorous tweets.
Now the Dude is earning a $4000 minimum weekly paycheck as a staff writer on the show. Hell Yes!
So even though I’m in disagreement about the network’s decision to overlook Ferguson, I am laser-beam focused on the new opportunities available for writers.
Quick shout out to Stand Up Comedy Clinic student and funny girl, Sascha Knopf, who moved to the Semi-Final round in California’s Funniest Female comedy competition at the Ice House in Pasadena Wednesday night.
Sascha was in a mix of some darn good comedians too. Many of whom traveled from as far as Washington D.C. to participate in the competition.
One of the things that I really dig about teaching is watching students overcome obstacles, develop their comedic skill, hit milestones and achieve dreams… and this is no exception because the fascinating part of this share is that Sascha has only been involved in stand-up for eight months!
One of the judges said it was a blend of her structure and performance that made the judge feel like she “belonged there.”
About Sascha Knopf
Sascha is a skilled actress who has appeared in films like “Shallow Hal,” “Expiration Date” and “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?,” where she held her own comedically, playing opposite Danny Devito and Martin Lawrence. (Check out her reel on Sascha’s website.)
Sascha decided to try stand-up to compliment acting resume and give herself yet another creative outlet.
I say, “yet another,” because Knopf is one those people who exudes creativity. She’s always working on something to keep the creativity Gods happy. If she’s not acting or doing stand-up, she’s shooting pictures, because she’s also a skilled photographer. She spent some time with some of the top fashion designers shooting fashion week in New York and still shoots actors, comedians and events in L.A.
I’m proud to brag that Comedy Clinic Alumn, Stephanie Blum, also moved to the next round in the competition. Stephanie is a veteran of stand-up comedy and can crank out some great material so I’m looking forward to the competition as it moves forward with two Comedy Clinic students going to the semi-finals.
Shameless Plug: Comedy Clinic Student Won in 2013
Our students are no strangers to the CA Funniest Female comedy competition, as alumnus Pauline Yasuda was the winner of the competition in 2013! Pauline brought her comedy A-game to the competition last year which was held at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. Pauline took first place out of a ton of comics who came from as far as Australia.
Pauline may be taking a break from comedy for a bit as she just had her first baby, but as a father of five myself (that’s right, Five! Don’t judge!), I know Pauline will have a ton of new jokes in the coming months!
Good luck to all the comedians in this year’s California’s Funniest Female comedy competition!
About the Competition
California’s Funniest Female comedy competition is in it’s 11th year. It is produced by Bill Word and attracts comedians from all over the world and has done a lot to promote female comedians throughout its tenure. Check out their website and keep tabs so you can get into the competition next year!
It’s that time again! NBC is having their NBC Late Night Writers Reachout Program in New York City.
This is where they seek submissions from writers who are “almost ready,” so they can groom them to be staff writers on the Late Night Shows at NBC.
If you’ve been paying attention to Late Night, you’ll know that there is a lot of movement at NBC with Jay Leno leaving ‘The Tonight Show’ and Jimmy Fallon now talking the helm. Also Seth Meyers taking Fallon’s spot at ‘Late Night.’
Meyers is leaving SNL’s ‘Weekend Update,’ and evidently taking some of the writers with him to the new show, there are spots opening up for writers all over the NBC Late Night Landscape!
This is a perfect opportunity for the new writer to get established. There is no other opportunity like this right now in Late Night Television.
Four Hour Late Night Writers Intensive
To help facilitate this and help writers prepare. Jerry Corley’s Comedy Clinic is holding a Late Night TV Writing & Submission Workshop this week, January 15th, from 11am to 3pm.
In this workshop you will learn:
How to write monologue jokes quickly for Late Night Television.
How to write desk pieces
How to write sketches
What elements are necessary for sketches to work
How to come up with ideas quickly to create sketches from scratch
What makes a great sketch…
AND How to properly format a submission package so that it will be read.
When: Wednesday January 15th 11am-3pm Where: Jerry Corley’s Comedy Clinic 1213 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506 Cost: $99 for the Course or for the DVD download (if you can’t attend)
That’s right! We’ll be recording the workshop. So if you want the recording of the workshop with the pdf handouts, you can purchase it from this website just by clicking the DVD ticket below.
If you have any questions, please click the contact me tab at the top of the page and get me an email.
I wish you all luck and remember I am here to help you reach those comedy goals!