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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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Oct 1, 2017

Are you starting comedy later in life? Trying to find a way to get more stage time? Looking for realistic goals? Then this episode is for you! Today I talk with former student Bo Shuster, about all things comedy.

This episode is brought to you by Patreon supporter Dwight McCormick and by the Clean Comedy Conference!

Bo is a great guy with a heart for the audience. We cover a lot of ground in this episode including:

And a whole lot more! Look up Bo Shuster these following channels:



More about Bo Shuster ...

Bo Shuster is the funniest Doctor in Tennessee…..probably.

Smarter than he looks, Bo is a psychiatrist and hospice medicine specialist.  While he has practiced his profession for years, he has been a smart aleck his entire life.  A native of Chattanooga, Bo grew up in Flat Rock, Alabama and attended school (which was a pretty smart thing to do).  He grew tall and strong and moved back to Chattanooga for college, then to Atlanta to learn about doctorin'.  He lived among the Yankees for a few years, to the puzzled amusement of the good people of Boston.  With his ruddy good looks and irresistible charm he convinced a fine woman to be his bride and they raised their family in Birmingham for almost 20 years.  In 2010, like so many of America's most talented, he surrendered to the siren song of Music City, USA and has made his home in Nashville ever since.

Bo is the co-host of Comedy on Tap, a bimonthly comedy open mic at the Belcourt Taps in Nashville.  He's also the caretaker of the Comedy Gym, a rehearsal sweatshop for local comics.

Now on the far side of 50 years old, Bo appears to be on the verge of abandoning a successful medical career to pursue fame and fortune in comedy.

Smarter than he looks isn't the same thing as smart.





If you want to get ‘More Laughs - More Gigs - More Money’


The Clean Comedy Conference is designed for comedians of all levels to come together and learn more about working clean. There's an old adage, "Clean is green." Working clean allows you to work a variety of different venues and get paid for it. Whether it's corporate work, cruise lines, churches, colleges, or comedy clubs, clean comedy can be a great way to reach a wide audience and earn money while doing it.

Through the CCC you will learn from professional comedians and bookers, who will address the pitfalls and show you how to navigate the challenges of making money as a clean comedian. In addition to working at clean comedy venues, many of these speakers and panelists have written for television (late-night and TV shows).

This year, the theme for the inaugural Clean Comedy Conference is "Clean is Green." Come and see why for yourself. 


  • WHO - Maria Herman and Brandon Young - Co Directors
  • WHAT - Clean Comedy Conference
  • WHY - Connect comedians with bookers to network and show comedians how to make more money from working clean
  • WHEN - Thursday October 12th - Saturday October 14th
  • WHERE - The Comedy Palace. 8788 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego 92123
  • HOW - Various daily conferences and evening showcases geared to direct comedians on how to make money and possibly work full time.


NOW - Sept 15th ONLY $149

Sept 16th - Oct 5th $199

Oct 6th - Oct 12th $1,000,000 (LOL)


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