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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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Nov 6, 2015

Tom Mabe talks about his evolution from jingle writer to prankster, comedian to Youtube master. Tom has covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. The key? Drive. relentless drive.

We talk about:

  • First realizing you can tell the same joke twice
  • Hustling the road just to get stage time
  • How hard it is to overcome a bad first impression
  • Developing thick skin
  • Having a following before you have an act
  • The ups and downs of YouTube income
  • Creating multiple revenue streams
  • The one prank that really paid off
  • The long ride home after bombing
  • Corporate gigs and distractions
  • When an emcee reveals your entire show before you hit stage
  • My key for free breakfast on the road (in the old days)
  • Partnering with other YouTube producers

and much, much more!

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