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School Of Laughs

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

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May 15, 2020

Since the COVID-19 virus popped on the scene live entertainment has taken a major blow. Who can crowd surf with ten people spread six feet apart anyway? Comedy has taken the punch and has had difficulty delivering the punchline back. Entertainers in every country are affected. But are they all affected the same way? Today I get to speak with folks from six different countries to see how COVID-19 has directly impacted them. I share a little from my perspective here in the USA as we talk.

All the folks on the show have either taken a course from the SCHOOL OF LAUGHS, or I met through the podcast. The only exception is our first guest. My friend Miggy lives in China about nine hours East of the Wuhan wet markets where this all started. Mig was a comedian at the very first show I ever did. We were later roommates. He’s always been the smartest guy I know and is now a teacher in China.

In all we cover over 32 thousand miles / or nearly 52 thousand kilometers on the podcast today!

Thanks to our Patreon sponsor for this episode Club 52 member Victoria Day.

We cover a lot in this episode, including …


  • How comedians are still being creative during COIVD-19
  • Using social media, memes, Tik-Tok to lighten things up
  • China’s big expectation for the virus later this year
  • The comedy scenes in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia
  • Starting comedy right when the doors closed to shows
  • A peek into Australian health care
  • How one comedian wrote a book to help people cope with the lockdown
  • The New Zealand comedy scene
  • The difficulty in doing online comedy zoom shows, etc.,
  • Poland’s growing comedy scene
  • One thing comedy is good for across the globe
  • A bit about the Comedy International Conference 
  • Amsterdams pre-Covid 19 comedy boom
  • Insight into the Edinburg Fringe Festival
  • The abundance of comedy stages in England
  • Handling kids in quarantine

And a whole lot more!

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