COMEDY – ROASTED OR GRILLED? [EP. 169]

Today I am joined by former School of Laughs students and full time comedians Jonnie W. and Brian Bates. Over some tasty BBQ we discuss the recent happenings in the world of comedy. Specifically, Michelle Wolfe and the White House Correspondents Dinner, Netflix Comedy Specials and the passing of a fellow comedian. THIS EPISODE IS…

starting your own comedy show

STARTING YOUR OWN COMEDY SHOW [EP. 158]

Today I am joined by students who want to know insights on starting your own comedy show, how to get started when you are an introvert, getting spots on booked shows and writing for others. These are all great questions! I figured if they were wondering about something chances are you may be, too. When…

wrong jokes

3 NEW JOKES [EP. 117]

We follow up last week’s premise session with Jonnie W. and Brian Bates. They both pop back by the headquarters with audio clips. Last week’s premises are now jokes. But, how solid are they? We listen to Jonnie’s clip about Church Nurseries and wonder … Would this joke work as a cold opener? Is it…

writing jokes

PREMISE, PREMISE, PREMISE [EP. 116]

Today I am joined by former students (and now full-time comedians) Jonnie W. and Brian Bates. We frequently hangout and run jokes and ideas past each other. I thought we should record this and let you in on the process. It’s not rocket science. But, it is insightful to see how different people find humor…

how to write jokes

NEW BIT COMEDY CHALLENGE [EP. 105]

Last week you met John Branyan. He is the comic with an affinity for Shakespeare and the Three Little Pigs. After I hung up, I thought about a comedy challenge. John and I were both headed to the same conference that weekend (Christian Comedy Association). We were both slated to perform at the same showcase.…

Timing out your jokes

TIMING OUT YOUR JOKES [EP. 059]

  As comedians we can get pretty focused on how many Laughs Per Minute (LPM) our jokes are getting. But are you aware of how many words per minute (WPM) you speak? In this episode, we dig into a few ways you can eliminate 90% of the guesswork when estimating the time for a joke.…

showcase-set-strategies

SHOWCASE SET STRATEGY [EP. 052]

  Nothing is more serious in standup comedy than a showcase night. Whether your showcase set is at a festival, for TV or simply to get booked by a club – you’ve got to be prepared. Putting together your set can drive you crazy. This podcast is all about picking the right material for the showcase…

BEAT-WRITERS-BLOCK

WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW [EP. 050]

Coming up with new material can be tough. But it doesn’t have to be. When writer’s block rears its ugly head, you need to have a plan in place and keep moving forward. No doubt, the pressure to be funny can sometimes prevent you from even writing down an idea. That is a mistake. Write…

Bob Hope and Beyond Martha Bolton

BOB HOPE AND BEYOND [EP. 047]

Martha Bolton is a joke-writing machine! As a staff writer for Bob Hope for over fifteen years, Martha developed the comedic muscles to crank out an incredible amount of comedy material. Many others including Phyllis Diller, have hired Martha to produce comedy gold. Check out this episode! In this interview, Martha walks us through the…