Sarah Silverman Does a Guest Set at our Student Showcase

The beginning students from The Stand Up Comedy Clinic did their graduation showcase at the world famous Comedy Store last night and what a night it was! First off, all the students did a great job! I’m not just saying that either; Just terrific! Congratulations to you guys for doing such an amazing job. Some . . . → Read More: Sarah Silverman Does a Guest Set at our Student Showcase

Should I Do New Material at a Showcase?

Jay Leno once told me, “Never do new material for a showcase for an agent.” . . . → Read More: Should I Do New Material at a Showcase?

Can You Teach Comedy?

You either are funny or you’re not! You, of all people should know that!” . . . → Read More: Can You Teach Comedy?

No Ethics in Comedy

Students often ask me if they should protect their material or if they should the worry about other comics stealing their material. I usually regurgitate a quote told to me by Jay Leno. He said, “There are no ethics in comedy. You just have to write faster than everyone else and your reputation will precede . . . → Read More: No Ethics in Comedy

Is Profanity Necessary in Humor?

The subject of using profanity often comes up in my classes. Should I use it? Should I avoid it? The answer is: Fuck if I know! Here’s the deal: Sometimes profanity is absolutely necessary for a joke to work: A little old lady is golfing on the back nine when a tee shot whizzes by . . . → Read More: Is Profanity Necessary in Humor?