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:

Which . . . → Read More: How A Comedian Can Beat The “Bringer” Show…

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 | Jokes About Death

Comedian Lesson: When I tell my students that you can write comedy about anything, I mean that. There are ways–I believe–to talk about anything using humor… One of my students recently asked if you could write comedy material about family members dying. I said, “Yes!” In fact it’s healing and cathartic and it gives . . . → Read More: Comedian Lessons | Jokes About Death

Johnny Carson was Wrong!

I know, I know:how can I say the “King of Television” was wrong, right? And what do I mean by that? Well, the King of Late Night said a long time ago (okay, 1979), that comedy is not a place for women  “A woman is feminine, a woman is not abrasive, a woman is not . . . → Read More: Johnny Carson was Wrong!

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