A weekly journey into the world of bookers, producers, decision-makers, and talent about the art of saying yes and no. Plus: other stuff! Hosted by Jamie Flam, Artistic Director of The Hollywood Improv.
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Postcard From The Hayworth (A Huge Announcement)
A special announcement from Jamie Flam!
#47 Marianne Ways (Booker, Producer)
Marianne Ways (Booker, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac) and Jamie discuss about how she got her start, what it takes to set up a great show, and what makes a comedian stand out. Plus: Silly and weird!
#46 Roy Wood Jr (Stand up, Daily Show)
Roy Wood Jr. (Stand up, The Daily Show) and Jamie discuss how to navigate road rooms and coast clubs, the delicate balance between likability and arrogance, and the fallacy of TV credits. Plus: Pineapples & Chili!
#45 Paul Mecurio (The Late Show, Stand up)
In this recording from Central Park, Paul Mecurio (The Late Show, The Daily Show, Stand up) and Jamie take a look behind the scenes at Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Paul’s path from Wall Street to stand up, and what it takes to be good at audience warm-up. Plus: Knife fight!
#44 Barry Katz (Manager, Producer)
Barry Katz (Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Jay Mohr) and Jamie discuss some of his favorite live comedy experiences, the ebbs and flows of comedy club dominance, and what it takes to be an absolute killer on stage. Plus: Flamtasia!
Great info and warm and supportive guests
This show is so great. These types of shows for comedians or musicians often tend to come off as "scoldy". There may be great info, but the hosts deliver it in talking down fashion.
Gatekeeper absolutely does not do that. This show comes off as very supportive of comedians and still gives great advice. That means I can hear the introduction come on without feeling like I'm taking my medicine.
Great job Jamie!
Behind The Comedy Curtain
As a comedy nerd, I love hearing about all the behind-the-scenes shenannigans, whether it's the booking process, putting a show together, or the day-to-day headaches that come with being a....GATEKEEPER. I recommend starting with Adam Eget's episode, which is very down-to-Earth and funny. It's nice hearing two guys trade notes and relate to some of the headaches that come with the job of booking comedians, especially the difficult personalities they come across. Todd Glass is in a very good DIY episode on how to spruce the club up on a small budget. Just remember comedians...BE COOL AS ____!
This show gives incredible insight into the behind the scenes of Comedy! It’s not only super informative but its also entertaining. Jamie is a great host! Funny, warm and wise! I highly recommend this show!!