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

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    • 4.9 • 151 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.

    THE END OF AN ERA

    THE END OF AN ERA

    Today we wrap up the long-running (6 1/2 years) School of Laughs podcast!
    It started in July of 2014 and has run the course of over 255 episodes. If you have a question about stand-up comedy we have covered it on this podcast. 
    So as we wrap, where do you go from here?
    Today we talk about clearing off your schedule for upcoming goals. You can't add something new unless you subtract something from your list of tasks. What will those things be for you? 
    Lastly, what is your 5-10 year plan? Have you thought about how to get where you need to be to make those plans happen? We talk about a few things to consider when pursuing stand-up comedy as a career. 
    It's been a fun run. Thanks for listening. I hope you continue to share past episodes with your friends. Revisit topics as they become relevant for you. 
    (c)(p) 2022 School of Laughs Podcast
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    • 19 min
    GOALS TRACKER WORKSHEET EPISODE

    GOALS TRACKER WORKSHEET EPISODE

    Today we focus on the year ahead. What are you trying to accomplish moving forward? Yes, it's the annual goals tracker worksheet episode! You can download the Goals Tracker Worksheet .pdf by clicking HERE.
    Thanks to the Patreon sponsor for this episode John Smith.
    We'll 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!
    This goals tracker worksheet is one of my go-to for really understanding if I made any progress in the previous year or not. It also helps me pinpoint what I can do better and where I should spend my time. It will do the same for you.
    (C)(P) SCHOOL OF LAUGHS
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    • 32 min
    MARKETING TIPS FOR COMICS

    MARKETING TIPS FOR COMICS

    Sharing marketing tips for comics is the one and wonderful Tracy DeGraff. After penning her first book, "Laugh Anyway Mom", Tracy took classes at The Second City in Chicago hoping to take her stories to the comedy stage.
    Today, she joins us to share insights on what has worked (along with a few things that didn't) on her way to creating her one woman show. She emphasizes the need to pave your own P.R. way in order to sell tickets, bring awareness, and earn money as a comedian or speaker.
    Thanks to our PATREON sponsor for this episode MAX WINFREY!
    MARKETING TIPS FOR COMICS SHOW NOTES
    Specifically, we talk about:
    Her journey from writer to stand-up comedian/speaker
    Testing her book title and getting insightful feedback
    The difference between stand-up and storytelling
    Trading off her expertise to learn stand-up
    Taking classes at The Second City
    Why she chose to self-publish
    The difficulty in finding her ideal audience to test comedy
    Why it took awhile for her to utilize her journalism and PR degree
    How to get featured in local newspapers
    Why newspapers need content
    Providing everything needed to publish your story
    3 Keys to getting published!
    How to "reverse-engineer" your shows for maximum return
    Producing her next video special
    How to determine an ad budget for your own show
    Capturing e-mail addresses and how to use them afterwards
    The benefits of using MAILCHIMP to create email campaigns
    Providing something to bookers so they remember you
    and much more.
    Visit her website: https://tracydegraaf.com
    (c)(p) School Of Laughs.com
    www.SchoolOfLaughs.com
     
     

    • 32 min
    17 SHOWS IN 17 DAYS

    17 SHOWS IN 17 DAYS

    I just wrapped up 17 shows in 27 days. I am still learning how to be a comedian, speaker, facilitator, and actor. On top of that, I have to book travel and get myself to and from the gigs. Today I am going to share with you a lesson learned from each of the events.
    During the run, my shows consisted of two of my speeches, my stand-up, personal appearances, and as audience warm-up. It requires a lot of versatility and resilience. Sometimes I think those qualities are more important than talent. Probably not, but they help! Nevertheless, this episode is chock full of comedy lessons learned during the 17 events performed.
    Thanks to our PATREON sponsor for this episode JOHN PETERS!
    COMEDY LESSONS LEARNED - SHOW NOTES Specifically, I'll talk about:
    What Barney Fife, Realtors, and a Mexican Restaurant have in common A unique soundproof booth for doing a zoom interview How an outreach event turned into a virtual solo show Why being overprepared comes in handy A lesson in generosity Standing your ground to protect your health and restfulness Working in new material How a former NFL player gave me a set-up for a new joke What to do when a health official coughs all over your microphone Being appreciative of your friends and family Remembering to loosen up and "add the flavor" Making a wish and top golf Rolling the dice on an Uber in Atlantic City The accent in Boston I wasn't expecting Establishing off-stage relationships with clients and CEO's How refreshing it is to work with other comics Knowing your crowd and when to slow down How gender jokes can still work and much more.
    Folks mentioned in this episode include:
    Dan Swartout [Episode 092] Let Your Style Develop
    John Branyan [Episode 116] Three New Premises
    Andrew Rudick
    David Pendleton
    Chris Cohen
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    If you enjoy this PODCAST please subscribe in iTunes or STITCHER and leave a comment and ranking.
    Better yet, subscribe to the monthly School of Laughs “Insider Tips” email and get exclusive information delivered right to your inbox. It’s fast, free, useful, and fun.
    Just email: SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com and put “insider tip sheet” in the subject header. I’ll make sure you get the official tip sheet and I promise to keep your email anonymous and spam-free.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    COMEDY WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITIES

    COMEDY WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITIES

    Today I am discussing comedy win-win opportunities with Chester Goad. I met Chester a few years ago at the BIG PODCAST conference with David Hooper. We've been in the loop ever since. During the past 18 months, we've spent many hours on coaching calls. Sometimes it is spent developing material, or creating a game plan. And always, trying to find win-win opportunities to develop his stage time and material.
    Chester is also a writer and actor. A podcast host (Film Fresh and Leader Byte).
    Learn more and contact Chester Goad at https://www.chesterg.com.
    COMEDY WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITIES WITH CHESTER GOAD SHOW NOTES Specifically, we talk about:
    cutting your teeth on shows where patrons don't expect to see a comedian providing value to a venue instead of asking for stage time writing about what you know connecting with the audience through local material networking in a real way with other comics the value of encouragement sometimes the payoff comes later than you expect Gutty's Comedy Club The Clean Comedy Challenge What Chester knows about BIGFOOT and much more.
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    If you enjoy this PODCAST please subscribe in iTunes or STITCHER and leave a comment and ranking.
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    Just email: SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com and put “insider tip sheet” in the subject header. I’ll make sure you get the official tip sheet and I promise to keep your email anonymous and spam-free.

    • 34 min
    Creating a Comedy CD

    Creating a Comedy CD

    Have you thought about CREATING A COMEDY CD? Brian Kohatsu joins us today to talk about a project that had been on his list for roughly 5 years. Coivd gave him time to finally knock it out and he knocked it out of the park!
    I'll play a few clips from his project "Secret Asian Man" and dig into the process for making the CD happen.
    CREATING A COMEDY CD SHOW NOTES
    Specifically, we talk about:
    making the project personal by including friends and family the need for a plan, schedule, and focus incorporating impressions into the album how he has a knack for impersonating the laughs of famous people using his personal skills and talent to save money and studio fees recording at home while the family is around and much more.
    Learn more about Brian and purchase his project at www.BrianKohatsu.com
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    If you enjoy this PODCAST please subscribe in iTunes or STITCHER and leave a comment and ranking.
    Better yet, subscribe to the monthly School of Laughs “Insider Tips” email and get exclusive information delivered right to your inbox. It’s fast, free, useful, and fun.
    Just email: SchoolOfLaughs@gmail.com and put “insider tip sheet” in the subject header. I’ll make sure you get the official tip sheet and I promise to keep your email anonymous and spam-free.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 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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