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Joyelle Nicole Johnson – “Hitting Beats”

Catch our interview with comedian, actor, and writer Joyelle Nicole and find out what two pieces of advice Dave Chappelle gave her early in her career that helped her. We talk about how she was able to land some of her early breaks, writing standup, writing for television, and much more! We break down a set from Comedy Central Presents. All comedians, aspiring comedians, or just comedy fans will take away a few things from our talk with Joyelle.

“Comedy is mathematical and math is music so when you hit certain beats the audience is going to laugh.” – JNJ

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Ian Lara – “Always Bring It”

Ian’s accent in comedy is inspirational for anyone new to comedy or for maybe has been in it for a while and hasn’t gotten any big breaks. By staying focused and being patient he was able to earn the respect of comics that were able to help him further his career including landing a spot on the Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and HBO.

His message is clear, put the work in upfront so you can always bring it when you go onstage. Even if you bomb, comics and bookers will take notice you are putting in the effort. So many great tips and helpful experiences shared. Enjoy this excellent conversation with Ian Lara!

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John Caparulo – “Pippen > Jordan”

Yes you read that right, Pippen is better than Jordan. Find out how that statement helped John find his first manager as he discusses what comedians should be looking for in their own manager. We also cover writing on stage, finding your voice, finding comedy from your most frustrating and uncomfortable experiences and so much more.

We break down a set from John’s “Caplets” project where he decided to stop working on hour specials and focus on writing a new set every 30 days. Over a period of three and a half years he relapsed 44 of these all found on his YouTube channel and website – https://johncaparulo.com. You can also find his new comic book series! What a joy it was to talk comedy with John, enjoy!

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Tom Thakkar – “Graveyard Babies”

NYC comedian Tom Thakkar joins the show to share to talk about Graveyard babies. What’s that you ask? Listen to the pod to find out! He shares his experiences in the comedy business and we break down his 2019 Comedy Central Half Hour set.

Tom has some great tips for how to calm your nerves and to enjoy yourself while performing on stage because that is what it’s all about!Tom’s passion for comedy comes through in this episode and he has some great insight on how to level up in comedy — No secret step one is work to be funny on stage consistently, you’ll have to listen in to get the rest!

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Sean Patton – “Tangents”

Such a fun interview right out the gate as Sean Patton, NYC comedian shares advice on industry including why comics don’t talk to you. What happens after you get a big break (hint: nothing) comparing Houston and New Orleans scenes, LA and New York scenes, and reminds us to ALWAYS RECORD AND LISTEN TO ALL YOUR SETS.

Sean has a great anaology to look at the distinction between just being funny and killing on stage. He suggests you should be okay with falling on stage, leaving potholes for yourself and digging out allowing organic comedy to happen by exploring tangents. Never kill your babies… If you have an idea you find funny you probably just need to find the right way to communicate it on stage. And so much more!

Follow Sean on social @mrseanpatton and https://meseanpatton.com

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Sam Tallent – “Kill. Every. Night”

Brian and Drew are joined by Sam Tallent standup comedian and road dog as we review the set that got him Just For Laughs New Faces and discuss his book “Running The Light.” So much great advice but it starts with killing every night for Sam! Join us for this fun interview.

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“A Comedy Clip show” Looking back at Season 1 with Brian & Drew!

Brian and Drew go back and examine important moments for comedians from all ten episodes from Season 1 including talks with Jon Reep, Ron G, Nore Davis, Sarah Tollemache, Sarah Tiana, Danny Palumbo, Rik Roberts, Scott Dikkers, Joel Byars, and ANdy Huggins.

They also announce the first four guests for Season 2 and the Breaking Down Bits Feedback Mic — Hint — to sign up email breakingdownbits@gmail.com or fill out the form on the website.

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Jon Reep – “Working the Road”

We talk about leveling-up in standup comedy by getting booked at clubs and working the road with the winner of NBC’s fifth season of Last Comic Standing. We then breakdown some material from his latest comedy special on Amazon Prime, “Ginger Beard Man.”

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Sarah Tiana – “Roast Comedy”

Interested in how to write Roast Comedy? So many great tips, stories, jokes, and strategies shared by Sarah from over decade of performing and writing Roast Comedy for Comedy Central.

We break down the Comedy Central Roast Battle she had with WWE wrestler turned comedian Dolph Ziggler. Plus stick around until the end to see which host Brian or Drew wins a Roast Battle judged by Sarah!

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Rik Roberts – “Storytelling”

We talk comedy with 30-year veteran of headlining, Rik Roberts. We watch a clip from his DryBar Comedy special “Put Down the Sweet Tea” and cover so many different writing and performing techniques including using emotion, adding risk, using rhythm, and storytelling. Rik even gives us several exercises and writing prompts that we can use in our own comedy.

Rik teaches comedy and the business of comedy through his School of Laughs online classes and podcast. Learn more – https://www.schooloflaughs.com/ and find more from Rik at https://rikroberts.com/. The full DryBar Comedy special can be viewed here for free – https://www.drybarcomedy.com/specials/rik-roberts-put-down-the-sweet-tea

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