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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 31, 2014

It’s high time to write jokes. In this episode, we talk exclusively about the comedy writing process. Beginners and pros all deal with the same obstacles. How you approach them and move on will help separate you from the others.

Working in new jokes, fighting perfectionism, post performance evaluation, and bouncing...

Oct 24, 2014

Comedian John Garrett had enough with his day job and saw an opportunity to pursue comedy full time. So, he took a few legal pads from the supply closet and headed to NYC. Since his arrival, he's sharpened his wit, broadened his options and become one exceptionally funny guy.

We talk about:

  • Following comedy stars in...

Oct 17, 2014

Recorded after a live stand-up comedy class in Nashville, comedy students ask great questions including: 

Where do you find up and coming comedians on the web?

How do I come up with a stage name?

What do you do when you have a “down day” to get into the “zone” before taking the mic?

How do you ease into...

Oct 10, 2014

Now that you are ready to go for that paid spot at a comedy club, you may be wondering how it all goes down. Every club is a little different, but we discuss the most common process for getting bumped up from the open mic treadmill to a paid emcee week at the comedy club.

Specifically, we talk about:

  • crushing the...

Oct 3, 2014



Rik and Gavin discuss being ready for your first paying gig at a club. A few questions you should ask yourself include:


1) Is there a market for my comedy? 

2) How many minutes of polished, solid material do I have?

3) Am I funnier and more...