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School Of Laughs

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

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Nov 12, 2015

Stand-Up Comedian Nate Bargatze is a busy man. His Comedy Central one hour special “Full Time Magic” was a huge success. And the CD went to number one on the Billboard Comedy charts - topping his first CD “Yelled At By A clown” which made it to number two.

He makes time to join us today to discuss his early successes and failures, the types of comics he likes to hang with, and setting the bar high.

Specifically, we talk about: 

  • Fearing actually getting onstage the first time
  • Going to ANY open mic for practice
  • Overcoming the fear of silence on stage
  • The value of a comedy class
  • Always trying to top your best show
  • Starting a comedy room in New York
  • Failing to convince people to see Dave Chappelle for free
  • The trick to working in a new joke
  • Whether you work clean or dirty be sure to be funny
  • The benefits of doing a longer headlining set
  • The downside of headlining
  • A night we MAY HAVE worked together
  • How he met Jimmy Fallon
  • What it is like to pitch a show to NBC 

And a whole lot more.

This episode is a MUST LISTEN for anyone seriously considering a career in comedy. In fact, you might want to listen to it twice.

Don’t just take my word on it, Marc Maron mentioned Nate as a “comic who should be big” in a Rolling Stone piece. Jim Gaffigan was interviewed in Esquire and said Nate is “one of the top up and coming comics.”

Find out more about Nate Bargatze!