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“Visual” – Francisco Ramos

His success started with working the door at the World Famous Comedy Store in LA and got his first break as a voice actor in the animated hit Rio. Then passed at the comedy store and appearances on TV like Shameless and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

He cautions not to do anything you may regret later, where in comedy we’re often advised say “yes to everything.” He shares how acting and improv are related and different from standup. Find out what it means when Francisco calls himself a “visual writer” and so much more!

“Farmer” – Dustin Nickerson

Get into a routine like a farmer! Do your sets, record them, post clips, record your podcast and do it on a regular cadence. If you get fans you win! Focus on social media YouTube & TikTok because the algorithms put you in front of new people. Find ways to make your money outside the clubs — Spotiify, SiriusXM, YouTube, and gigs. Find out how to monetize fans selling merchandise use tools to find out where your fans are.

You have to find something other than clubs to pay your bills while your on the come up. The four C’s Corporates, colleges, corporates, or chruchs. Most, if not all, of your breaks will come from comics, so network! This and so much more, great episode for all comics but especially for those that are or who want to do touring and club work.

We watch a clip from Dustin’s latest special filmed during the Pandemic, “Overwhelmed” available to watch for free on YouTube ( also, be a good sport and subscribe to his channel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRIRmlo4OR8

“Questions” Steven Rogers

Brian and Drew are joined by friend of the show, NYC comedian Steven Rogers. For years Steven has been on tour with the great Brian Regan and made his late night debut on the Colbert Show in 2019. He is working on releasing his album later in 2021.

We have a great discussion with Steven about both the comedy industry and writing. What stands out from Steven’s story is you’ve got to get out to comedy festivals once you’re a few years in, because that is where breaks can happen. We also have a great discussion about treating mental health. Steven shares his writing process which includes tips such as eliminating words and trying to figure out what questions that the audience would want answered as he delivers his material. Great episode for all levels of comics!

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“50 Bad Sets” Greg Warren

What an incredible discussion with Greg Warren! He cautions that even the best comics have to take a beating. You can count down your 50 bad sets to when you’re good is one of his many tips. Also morning pages, dealing with rejection, being seen in the room, quitting your day job, listen to your sets as background noise, and so much more!

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“Pandora’s Box” with Andy Woodhull

Brian and Drew speak with Andy Woodhull, a nationally touring comedian and writer who has been featured on the Tonight Show, Dry Bar Comedy, Comedy Central, and James Corden.

Andy shares so many tips and tricks including the free tools to help grow your following in Pandora. He talks about writing groups, late night show submissions, working the road, comedy contests, and tells you it’s okay to keep telling those old jokes… And so much more.

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Liz Miele “Self Made”

Liz took a non-traditional path to rise to her success. When her contemporaries were doing the normal path such as Just for Laughs and late night TV spots Liz was doing international tours and self producing her albums and saying yes to nearly everything because she knew that more exposure could lead to opening new doors in her career and she was right! She has found a way to really get ahead during the pandemic including re-releasing her first special on YouTube along side her latest special “Self Help Me” which together have gained over 2.6M views since 2020 as of the time of this recording.

We look at Liz’s incredibly meticulous writing process as we examine a clip from “Self Help Me.” Such an incredible and inspiring discussion with a very passionate and talented comedian! Don’t miss this one.

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Jasmine Ellis – “TikTok”

L.A. comedian, writer, and actress Jasmine Ellis, originally from Texas, joins Brian and Drew. We talk a lot of the top about social media strategies including TikTok as a platform to build your following. We also talk about performing in front of different audiences and changing your setups to be relatable but still sticking your material and staying authentic. We watch a clip from her Dry Bar Comedy special “Nobody’s Queen” and discuss some behind the scenes of doing a Drybar special in front of their unique audiences in Provost, UT including the challenges with performing in front of audiences who like clean comedy.

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Gianmarco Soresi – “Phone a Friend”

Brian and Drew are joined by NYC comedian, actor, and writer Gianmarco Soresi. Gianmarco opens up about how his journey as as standup comedian admitting he was initially just an actor playing a comedian running an hour for one his first sets, until he got serious about writing and getting stage time. Some his first moves were picking up check spots at a tough NYC club and leveraging his acting credits to get stagetime to quickly ascend as one of the more respected up-and-coming comics in the NYC scene.

We hit on a lot of topics including roast battling, check spots, performing in front of different audiences, showing up authentic, writing with comedians and non-comedian friends, and much more!

J.F. Harris “Exploration”

Writer and comedian J.F. Harris shares his experiences as a comic who came up in Staten Island, NY now lives in LA and has been everywhere in between. So many great takeaways and recommended readings and other media for comics at any level. Some key takeaways is to make sure you ask for your opportunities, be present, and find a way to be comfortable on stage to explore new jokes and ideas to grow as a comic.

Louis Katz – “Empathy”

Brian and Drew talk with NYC comedian Louis Katz. A passionate comedy writer we get into the details of writing and set development that can be helpful for standup comedians at all levels. Additionally we talk about writing teams, club etiquette, audience empathy, the importance of listening, and so much more. We watch a clip from Louis’ story for Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening.” Really great episode!