How To Be A Comedian | Getting the Work

After a terrific graduation showcase for one of my classes this week, I sent out an email congratulating everyone on a job well done.

One of my students sent me an email: “The compliments are nice, but when does it translate into a paid gig?”

That’s a great question and is one of . . . → Read More: How To Be A Comedian | Getting the Work

How A Comedian Can Beat The “Bringer” Show…

One of the biggest complaints I receive from comics and students trying to get mic time is that “everything seems to be a bringer show.”

Several of my students “burned out” their bringers, early in the game, just trying to get more time on stage to develop their act and build to thirty minutes…

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Treating Your Comedy Like a Science

You ever watch other comedians come to the club or the open-mic time and time again with new material? Are you envious? You ever watch other comedians just seemingly come up with material on the spot that makes you say to yourself “Genius! I wish I thought of that!” You ever wonder how they did . . . → Read More: Treating Your Comedy Like a Science

Comedian Lessons | Not Getting Laughs? Slow Down!

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In this mini module of ‘Comedian Lessons,’ I’m simply going to lay out a simple technique that a lot of comedians—including myself—forget to do.

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Comedian Lessons | Double Your Laughs With an Honest Reaction

A good comedian needs to get acquainted with the reaction shot.

What do I mean by that? Well, if you’ve ever watched “Friends” or the BBC’s “Coupling,” you will get to see truly masterful work on the part of the actors (and the directors and editors), in capturing the reaction shot. The reaction . . . → Read More: Comedian Lessons | Double Your Laughs With an Honest Reaction