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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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Dec 1, 2018

Comedians Jonnie W. and Brian Bates join us today to talk about the differences and similarities between church, corporate and comedy club gigs. We each primarily perform in a different environment. Jonnie plays mostly in churches, Brian is comedy clubs and I'm usually off at a corporate event.

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In clubs there are "A" rooms, "B" rooms, etc., but is that true for the other niches? We dig in and talk about it. Can a "B" room improved not an "A" room? Can a "B" slip into a "C"?

We also talk about what our ideal audience and set up would be like.

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We cover a lot, specifically ...

  • How NOT to dip your TOE into show business
  • "Coaching" the event planner prior to the show
  • The importance of restroom location
  • Tell tale signs of a "B" room
  • The last time we each went long by mistake
  • Learning how to land on a punchlineat short notice
  • When it's a "first time" how you can help the venue
  • Why scoring an 8 out of 10 at a corporate gigis actually a 12
  • How to overcome a tired audienceat a corporate event
  • The double edged sword of customized material
  • Ways you can "sneak in" customized material
  • Why you don't bring up Michael Vick
  • Should wear headphones in the bathroom
  • Reasons why women are so great!
and much, much more!
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This episode is brought to you by Patreonsupporter Greg Smrdel and by CLUB 52.

Club 52is a one-year program designed to challenge you to get bigger, better and more bookable. You will be prompted to examine your material, performance and business practices via email each week.


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You will define your stage persona, style and point of view. You will learn how to create expectations through your marketing, branding and introductions. From nailing your elevator pitch, to refining your value proposition, you will learn how to make it easier for bookers to hire you.

Meet comics from around the country during a quarterly online “hangout”. As a group, we tackle our top struggles and how to approach overcoming them. Think of it as your personal monthly mastermind group. Over the course of the year you will learn how to get more gigs, and leverage every opportunity that comes your way.

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Club 52 is available to anyone supporting the podcast through Patreon at $7 a month or more. To learn more about Patreon, just click here. Or go to