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School Of Laughs

Welcome to the School of Laughs podcast. I am your host, Rik Roberts.

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Aug 15, 2021

In today's episode, Jonnie W. & Brian Bates join me. We discuss how the comedy scene is bouncing back, the latest Bo Burnham special, and how changing one line in a joke can take it to newer and sometimes better places.

This episode is sponsored by Patreon supporter Jeremy Lee. If you would like to support the podcast please visit

Specifically, we talk about:

  • Are the audiences masked, stressed, or back to normal
  • The vaccinated and the unvaccinated are all attending
  • How the Delta Variant is causing disruption
  • Venues and artists requiring audience members to be vaccinated to attend
  • Bo Burnham's comedy special and how revealing it is (underwear alert)
  • Our favorite parts of the special
  • How technology has changed our cultural norm
  • Why keeping new jokes conversational can lead to moments of discovery
  • How a horrible audience can reveal your best material
  • Are the first few minutes of your show super important or completely disposable?
  • How Foxworthy and Leno treat their audiences