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School Of Laughs

Welcome to the School of Laughs podcast. I am your host, Rik Roberts.

My goal is to help you get bigger, better, and more bookable as a comedian. Use the search tool at to find episodes on your favorites topics within comedy.  Be sure to subscribe and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Jun 11, 2015

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 set. Eliminate all the second-guessing with a little time invested now!

In this episode we speak specifically about:

  • Determining the goal for the night
  • Selecting the best material for the showcase
  • Nearly eliminating all segues
  • How to open the set
  • What to NOT do in your opening joke
  • What type of jokes won’t work in a short set
  • Which joke to close you should close out with
  • Whether or not you need to hit all of your tags
  • One thing you must do no matter what
  • A simple (yet often forgot) piece to fool proofing your set
  • What to do once you’ve assembled your set
  • How much you should practice before the big night

And much, much, more!

In fact, I am using every one of these strategies to get ready for a showcase in front of about 1300 people this very week. How will it turn out? We will definitely follow up in another episode.



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In the new year (which starts for us on July 4) we want to help as many comics as possible. If you have a short joke (100 words or less) that you would like some feedback on please send it in! You can email the joke written out or send us an audio clip, or even a link to a YouTube video. We will get it on the show and get feedback for you, give out your web site and / or twitter handle to help you get your name out there. Our show is PG so please take that into consideration when selecting a joke.


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