100 episodes

From the aspiring comedian to the part time pro this is the podcast you've been looking for! This podcast is full of honest insight and useful information on the journey from the open mic to the sweet paying corporate gig. Shows range in format from "comedy campfires" where we swap out the fire for a mic and get to the key questions from aspiring comics to in-depth interviews with professional comedians, booking agents, managers and club owners. Led by 23 yr comedy veteran Rik Roberts (www.RikRoberts.com) as part of his School of Laughs (www.SchoolofLaughs.com) workshop series.

School Of Laugh‪s‬ Rik Roberts

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 150 Ratings

From the aspiring comedian to the part time pro this is the podcast you've been looking for! This podcast is full of honest insight and useful information on the journey from the open mic to the sweet paying corporate gig. Shows range in format from "comedy campfires" where we swap out the fire for a mic and get to the key questions from aspiring comics to in-depth interviews with professional comedians, booking agents, managers and club owners. Led by 23 yr comedy veteran Rik Roberts (www.RikRoberts.com) as part of his School of Laughs (www.SchoolofLaughs.com) workshop series.

    Preparing for a Live Comedy Recording

    Preparing for a Live Comedy Recording

    Preparing for a live comedy recording involves choosing your jokes, timing out the set, editing, making segues, practicing it live, and more. Today I share the process I went through for my last recording. Including,

    Understanding language and content guidelines
    Thinking about your PURPOSE behind the set
    Choosing your jokes
    Tips on timing out your routine
    Practicing your set
    Stage clothes
    Getting wired up

    Oh yeah, having fun!
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    www.SchoolOfLaughs.com

    • 38 min
    COMEDY QUESTIONS

    COMEDY QUESTIONS

    I thought I would share the answers with everyone. The questions are ...
    Do you think comedy will return to the way it was before the virus?
    What books do you recommend to comedians?
    What are some crowd work tips?
    When do you make money in comedy?

    LISTEN NOW:

    Thanks to Bill Conger for sponsoring today's podcast through PATREON.

    • 22 min
    DAN RUPPLE - MEDIA MASTER

    DAN RUPPLE - MEDIA MASTER

    Today I am happy to introduce you to my friend Dan Rupple.  As a respected comedy writer, producer, and speaker, Dan has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX News, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Radio America, and more. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Facebook Pixels and YouTube Shorts

    Facebook Pixels and YouTube Shorts

    Zack Lyman helps us tap into using Facebook Pixels in conjunction with ads to drive traffic and actions on our website. There are a lot of things to learn. But don't worry, Zack explains it in a very tangible way. In fact, you can download his free e-book on his system for running ads in conjunction with Facebook Pixels.

    I also wanted to pick his brain on YouTube Shorts. This new Youtube option is still in beta testing mode. In short, it's YouTube's way of supporting vertical phone videos.

    • 45 min
    2021 GOALS TRACKER WORKSHEET PODCAST

    2021 GOALS TRACKER WORKSHEET PODCAST

    Today we review the year that was, the year ahead, and what we are trying to accomplish moving forward.

    We will cover how to set attainable goals in bite-sized pieces. Specifically, we get into goals about:

    Writing comedy
    Writing with others
    Performing on stage
    Performing Virtual
    Creating Virtual Solutions
    Updating Websites
    E-mail Newsletter Lists
    Networking Ideas
    Cultivating your Social Media following

    and much, much, more!

    • 35 min
    QUESTIONS ABOUT COMEDY

    QUESTIONS ABOUT COMEDY

    What is the difference between skill and passion? 

    What goes into a comedy rider? What is the difference between sarcasm and comedy? 

    How do you identify your weaknesses as a comedian?

    What groups like Toast Masters are there available to people who want to get extra stage time or story-telling experience? 

    What do you do when you have a joke that isn't like the rest of the act?

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
150 Ratings

150 Ratings

WYO varmint hunter ,

School of Laughs

I have been doing comedy serious for the last 3 years. I only found this podcast 6 months ago, but I wish I would have found it 3 years ago! It is a MUST Listen to podcast for the aspiring and veteran comedian. It teaches you both how to be a comedian AND the business side of comedy. I use things that I have learned from the podcast everyday as a comedian. From how I do marketing to how to deal with clients and of course how I write jokes and everything in between have been influenced from the School of Laughs Podcasts. Thanks Rik for this wonderful podcast!!!

iFiddle25 ,

Informative and Entertaining

I love listening to Rik and his guests! I am a music theory professor, and while theory is a required course, many students don’t enjoy it. I’ve found if I pepper in humor, students are much more likely to stay engaged. This podcast is a great resource as I continually study being funny while speaking.

LaffyYaffee ,

Episode 216

As a currently out of work full time comedian, I enjoyed getting the episode Rik put together, interviewing people around the globe regarding the state of comedy in their countries. Certainly highlighted the fact that we are in a seismic industry shift that may never return to BC (Before Covid) norms. Thanks, Rik.

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