I’m so glad you found the School of Laughs! This site has a LOT of helpful information for your comedy journey. But where do you start? Great question. How about we start right where you are and take you to the next level? I realize very comedian or speaker who finds this site is at a different level of their career. From seasoned professional to curious outsider … we have information for each level.  Find the description below that fits you the best. I’ve made suggestions for the most relevant blog posts, podcasts and tip sheets for that level. I’ve also listed resources available to you that supplement those suggestions. Now, get started and become bigger, better and more bookable than ever before!

LEVEL: CURIOUS OUTSIDER

I have performed less than ten times and am not sure if comedy is right for me.

LEVEL: OPEN MIC / BEGINNER

I have performed at open mic nights and a few other places, but I have yet to be paid.

  • PODCAST: Click here
  • BLOG: Click here
  • RESOURCE: Download the free “How Long Does It Take to Become A Comedian” sheet from the Free Resources page.
  • NEXT STEPS: Challenge yourself with a Comedy Scorecard and Crack the Comedy Clique

LEVEL: EMCEE / PART TIME PRO

I have been paid to Emcee and host a few shows. I would like to develop further and see if I could go full time into comedy.

LEVEL: FEATURE ACT BEGINNING PRO

I regularly host and feature shows and am about to (or already have) quit my day job.

LEVEL: PROFESSIONAL, FULL TIME COMEDIAN

I get paid to perform and make enough money that comedy is my primary source of income. I would like to learn how to make more money and become bookable.

  • PODCAST: Click here
  • PODCAST: Click here
  • RESOURCE: Consider joining CLUB 52 to receive a weekly email challenge designed to fine tune once specific aspect of your comedy career every 7 days.
  • RESOURCE: Download “Three Financial Areas Comedians Can’t Ignore” from the Free Resources page.
  • NEXT STEPS: Consider joining a mastermind group like the monthly Zoom Hangout for CLUB 52 members only. This group will challenge you to do bigger and better things, and allow you to share your knowledge with others as well.

LEVEL: PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER WANTS TO ADD HUMOR

I get paid to speak as my primary source of income. I would like to learn how to incorporate more humor in my programs.

  • PODCAST: Click here
  • NEXT STEPS: Consider investing in a writing class. Either LIVE with others or ONLINE on your own time. Or, schedule a LIVE COACHING call with Rik Roberts.
  • Listen to this PODCAST: http://www.schooloflaughs.com/standupcomedyexamined/ to hear how you can implement comedy writing techniques into your speech, program or story.

OTHER ENTRY POINTS. IF NONE OF THOSE DESCRIPTIONS FIT YOU, TRY ONE OF THESE:

I NEED HELP WRITING

I NEED HELP WITH THE BUSINESS SIDE OF COMEDY

  • PODCAST: Click here
  • BLOG: Click here
  • RESOURCE: Consider joining CLUB 52 to receive a weekly email challenge designed to fine tune once specific aspect of your comedy career every 7 days.
  • NEXT STEPS: Consider joining a mastermind group like the monthly Zoom Hangout for CLUB 52 members only. This group will challenge you to do bigger and better things, and allow you to share your knowledge with others as well.

I NEED HELP WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

  • PODCAST: Click here
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  • RESOURCE: Check out this great blog post from Social Media Examiner.
  • NEXT STEPS: Choose ONE platform to learn and master first before moving on to another. THIS PODCAST has great tips for growing your Facebook Fan Page.

I NEED HELP WITH BOOKING MY OWN SHOWS

  • PODCAST: Click here
  • BLOG: Click here
  • RESOURCE: Download “Ideal Comedy Club Set-Up” from the Free Resources page to help you design a live show set up that will make your next show go smoother!
  • NEXT STEPS:

I NEED HELP WITH GETTING INTO CORPORATE COMEDY

  • PODCAST: Click here
  • PODCAST: Click here
  • BLOG: Click here
  • RESOURCE: Download the Free Contract Sample on the Free Resources page.
  • NEXT STEPS: Read this blog post about NETWORKING THROUGH ASSOCIATIONS