Another Comedy Clinic Student Signs with Agent

Chris Rubeiz

Chris Rubeiz came to The Stand Up Comedy Clinic as a talented actor and a writer who had done some improv and had some acting jobs. He had also written and shot some sketches and shorts. But he had never done stand up and always wanted to.

In the first couple of weeks Chris struggled with material. His act was all about taking a sh*t at work…(not in the office but in the restroom), all while his boss was in the other stall. Could be funny, but I let him know the limitations of having an all ‘scat’ set.

Well Chris did what few people do…he really went to work. In 8 short weeks, Chris wrote and developed a brand new 7-minute comedy set that had teeth and and definite laugh points and best of all structure. I emphasized that it is the structure in your comedy that will set you apart from other comedians and it will give you definite, crisp laugh points.

After he performed his culmination set in The Belly Room at the world famous Comedy Store, he was asked back to perform in the Main Room. Now I’m under no illusions as to why he was asked to return. Despite the fact that his set was solid, he brought a bunch of people to the club that night and the booker wanted him to repeat that feat and bring more to the Mainroom. After all, it is a “bringer” show.

I try not to knock another man’s hustle and I get the game. I didn’t come up through the trenches of comedy participating in bringer shows and I have no qualms sharing my feelings about them.

In my classes I teach at my comedy studio, I try to be as transparent as possible about what a bringer show is and how it works. I want my students to have no illusions about this business—both the positives and negatives. I suggest to my students to use the ‘bringers’ to their advantage and only participate when they can benefit from them. (I.E.: If an agent is coming or a manager or casting director, or if there is a chance to get a great tape).

So Chris called and asked my advice. He said he wanted to try the Mainroom once and the booker had told him that an agent was going to be present. I’m not going to mention his name, but I know the booker and he has a good reputation and is a very talented comedian himself, (that should narrow down the choices, huh?). The gig fit the criteria we discussed so Chris did the Mainroom.

Low and behold, the booker once again exceeded his reputation and the agent was in the room. Chris brought his people, rocked his set and the agent asked him for a meeting. Chris signed with Jamie Ferrar of JFA this week.

Navigating this business requires good instincts and a thoughtful approach. Chris is one of those guys who is not only creative and talented but also a thinker. He approached this with thought and good instincts and it paid off. His talent, work ethic and drive will continue to take him down the road of success and I’m glad to be a part of it! Congratulations Chris! Jamie is getting the better end of the deal.

Getting The Gigs On Late Night T.V.

I saw this article on how to get gigs on late night T.V. and I just had to post it for you guys to read. It’s got some really great insight from some pretty heavy hitters in the business. Take your time and read it. It won’t take long. Don’t forget to write down the names of the bookers. You should do this each and every time you read an article in the paper or hear something on T.V. about a booker. Write the name down and start building a database. Sometimes these guys move from show to show.

I remember, the talent coordinator from A&E’s “An Evening At The Improv” like me a lot. We lost touch then I found out he moved to FX. He was casting a completely different (episodic) T.V. show. I had his name in my database. I saw he was casting this show. The mere fact that I wrote down his name recalled it in my mind the next time I saw it. I sent him a picture and resume and told him I was a fan of the show and I would love to read for any role he thought I might be right for. He called me in on a job and I booked the gig! And you know what the beauty of if was? I did it myself!

Please enjoy the article then do me a big favor and leave a comment on my blog or click “Recommend” at the top of this post! Thanks!

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How To Write Comedy and Make Some Cash

So you want to know how write comedy and make some cash? This is a no-brainer. I spent the weekend talking to Ari Ecker and Joe Yakacki, couple of funny entrepreneurs in New York. They’ve started a website called FunnyforMoney.com, it’s a new concept that allows you write punchlines and win some cash. I’ve looked in to it and it’s totally legit.

This is how it works:

Each week Funny for Money posts some straight lines, based on the news (sounds like what we do in class right?). You then write some punchlines and record them on your webcam. Upload the lines and people vote on your punchline. If you win, you get $100. Not bad for doing something that you do every week as an exercise in class. You know it and I know it; most of our students could win hands-down!

They’ve gotten some venture capitalists to back them because they believe that they can turn this into a big deal for television or further it on the web. I think it’s a great idea. It’s like Dancing with the Stars meets America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Students are always asking me about how to write comedy and make money. This could be one way to do that. It’s not going to be a ton of money but when the site goes live, the monthly grand prize goes up to $10,000. That could buy some beer, huh? I’m thinking about adding this to the curriculum. Make it a weekly thing. You sign up you record punchlines and we see who wins. So what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to sign up or you can click their logo. Just tell them Jerry sponsored you.

And that’s one way to learn how to write comedy and make some cash.

Comedy Clinic Student To Do Set For Showtime

JC Morgan at LovitzComedian and Stand Up Comedy Clinic student JC Morgan, also winner of the “Funniest Comic in L.A.” contest, was recently asked to appear on Showtime for a special they are shooting on ‘pot’ comedy. JC is a very talented writer and comedian and is a perfect example of a student who works hard and applies the techniques taught in Jerry Corley’s classes. He gets noticed, wins comptetitions and now is doing his first special for T.V.! This is all in less than two years.

So What are you waiting for? Get yourself going in comedy and sign up for a class today!