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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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Mar 31, 2016

I met Mike James back in 2005 or so and he was starting to get his set together. Writing, tweaking and performing his material constantly has improved his consistency. Now, he is a full time funnyman traveling across the country doing the job he loves.

We cover a lot of ground including:

  • Waiting two years to finally...

Mar 24, 2016

Stephen Bargatze joins us today. If that name sounds familiar it may be because you saw him in Las Vegas, caught him at Opryland, perhaps he visited your school or maybe because he is the father of Nate Bargatze.

Regardless of whether you knew him before or not, you will love his generous and insightful...

Mar 17, 2016

Are you trying to emulate your favorite comedians? Have you already determined your comedic style before your third open mic? If so, you may be limiting yourself and shortchanging your potential.

In this episode, Dan Swartwout (or “Swarty" as his friends call him) and I discuss how our influences are like...

Mar 10, 2016

This episode is all about YOU. That's right. I opened the mail bag and found a bunch of great questions and some jokes that ... well, you wanted fixed. Join me as we answer the following questions ...

  • Do you have any tips on writing every day?
  • Specifically, is there a place or web site for submitting jokes?
  • When do...

Mar 3, 2016

Monty Mitchell Wrangled Snakes!

Have you ever driven 6 hours (one way) to an open mic for a quick 5 minute set and then headed home as the sun was coming up? Do you chip away at your vacation benefits one hour a a time so you can pursue your calling? Monty Mitchell has too. And then some.

Monty stops at nothing to get...