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School Of Laughs

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

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Dec 1, 2020

Virtual gigs, drive-ins, outdoor parking lots ... is this what it has come down to? I discuss the options for comedians with former students Brain Bates and Jonnie W.

If 2020 has taught us anything it is this: "adapt or die." There just aren't as many inside gigs as usual. If you want to earn some money you have to get outside your comfort zone. To keep your comedy chops sharp that may include some unconventional settings. This year Brian opened for Nate Bargatze at drive-in theaters. Johnnie W. did a few outdoor shows. I am doing more and more virtual gigs. It's not going to be the same as a packed comedy club. That's okay. Those aren't happening right now.

So we share what is working and what isn't in this mid-pandemic climate.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • The challenges of performing at Drive-Ins
  • Gigantic trains
  • How timing is affected at a Drive-In Show
  • Comedy IS confidence
  • Sharing a tour bus during COVID
  • Recording a Netflix Special in a pandemic
  • Crowds that go "tight"
  • Vaccines
  • Brians "Quarantine Video" Video
  • Johnnie W. and the cabbie from Bangladesh
  • Creative Virtual Gigs
  • Comics who reinvented themselves lockdown
  • Using free time for getting healthier
  • Staying faithful to God

And much, much, more!