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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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Sep 24, 2015

Does your city or town have a weekly writer’s meeting. A place where everyone can freely offer up ideas for feedback? A group that exceeds 1600 members? Wayne Manigo joins us to discuss how he and Mandy Dalton created the Washington D.C. Comedy Writers Group.

Specifically, we talk about:

  • Writing exercises to get your...

Sep 17, 2015


Watching a masterful comedian navigate crowd work is a beautiful thing. Like a hunter, they are one step ahead of their prey. Leading them here, baiting them there. The stand-up comedian is artfully creating a theatre in which the audience is keenly aware of the risks. When done competently, crowd work is a...

Sep 10, 2015

Your stand-up comedy show is getting tight and you are ready to release a live product. Should you go with a CD, DVD, or DIGITAL DOWNLOAD?

Creating a product can be overwhelming, especially the first one. But it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of options. Which is best for you?

In this episode, we talk with...

Sep 3, 2015


Andrew Tarvin LOVES Improvisational Comedy. He started the 8th Floor Improv Group while attending THE Ohio State University in 2004. That group started in Stradley Hall is still together 11 years later. The names and faces may change, but the shows go on.

After college, he took a calculated risk and worked as an...