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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 1, 2018

Todays’ guest Ross Bennett walks us though the steps of his comedy career. Those steps cover nearly 40 years of ups and downs, twists and surprises and … accomplishment. You can catch Ross Bennett and friends on the “Make Comedy Great Again” tour:

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Ross Bennett Show Notes:

  • His early days as a yearbook photographer
  • Being inspired by SNL and Steve Martin
  • Almost giving up on pursuing a Letterman spot
  • The changes that opened up the opportunity for Letterman
  • The beauty of having an act
  • The primary difference between L.A. and N.Y.C.
  • His attention to diction and enunciation
  • The job of a comedian (Observation, Relation, Revelation)
  • How a comic is like a translator
  • Importance of a SLOWER pace in delivery
  • Keys to doing comedy OUTSIDE of a club environment
  • Understanding that “YOU ARE ENOUGH”
  • Not “hiding behind your jokes”
  • Getting your personality ahead of the joke
  • Comedians as archers
  • The 1/2 dozen ways you can open a show


More About Ross Bennett

Ross Bennett is a popular headliner at comedy clubs. He is a veteran and a comedian. Ross Bennett appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. He won "Best Supporting Actor in A Comedy Web Series" at LAWEBFEST2016. Check out his winning performance on Addicted to Show Business. He is a recurring guest on The Bob and Tom Show morning show. 

He loves performing for casinos, cruise ships and country clubs.



This episode is brought to you by Patreonsupporter Maria DiMaggio 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 monthly 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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