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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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Apr 7, 2016

With three Comedy Central specials, appearances on Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, The View, VH1, MTV and becoming a finalist in Last Comic Standing, Louis has now set his sights on the globe. He performed on a 40 country world tour that took him to Mumbai, Hong Kong, London, Dubai and Johannesburg. His standup routine could be seen in over 170 movie theaters across the United Kingdom in "The Comedy Store, Raw and Uncut."

A favorite at comedy festivals worldwide, I met up with Louis just before he won the 2014 Gilda's LaughFest Audience Favorite Clean Comedy Award!

We talk about his comedy journey including:

  • His start at the Punchline in Atlanta with Jeff Foxworthy, Henry Cho & Killer Beaz
  • Beginning comedy while bussing tables at a Ruby Tuesday's
  • His first big break emceeing on the road
  • Seeing things from booking agent's perspective
  • Being professional as well as being funny
  • Where and when you should invest in your promo material
  • Why listening to other comics (irony noted) may not be a good idea
  • One tip for noticing your "tics" on stage
  • The goal every emcee should have (before even being funny)
  • How you'll know when you are ready to move up from emcee to feature, feature to headliner
  • Why comedy is constant learning experience
  • His 2 year move to London and the reasoning behind it
  • A few differences between comics in the UK and the USA
  • What material works best when entertaining the troupes

and a whole lot more. And, I mean a WHOLE LOT MORE. This is required listening for new and intermediate comics.


Rik Roberts

Stand-Up Comedy Classes

Starting off in stand-up comedy can be REALLY intimidating. It’s like driving in the fog with no lights. That is the way I felt when I first started. There was no way to see what was ahead, how long it would take to get there, or which way I should be going.

After 24 years as a full time, professional comedian, I can now easily see the path. The fog has long lifted. The obstacles – some great challenges – are less intimidating. The journey is much more clear.

You’ll have to learn a lot on your own. No one can do this for you. But, the journey doesn’t have to be so intimidating. It all comes down to three areas: Writing, Performing and Business. And it all starts with WRITING.

The School Of Laughs online writing course contains all the tools I wish I had when I first started. You will immediately start to see stand-up comedy in a new light.

There are many techniques comedians use in their writing. You will learn them. You will practice them. You will layer them and you will get laughs.

Click here to learn more about the various levels of the online class and see which is the best fit for you.

You can contact us anytime for more information at

Guest Blog Posts
If you are blogging about your comedy journey or have written articles about your experience we’d love to share them. Send a link to the post and any other info you would like us to know and I’ll consider posting it and promoting from our site.

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