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.
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!
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.
NYC actor, standup comedian, and talented sculptor of Pokémon figurines Matthew Broussard drops some knowledge on the show. Listen in to find out what a “Shit Big Mac” and an “Open Face Shit Sandwich” is for your open mic work. How building a set list is like making a mosaic. Why you should keep a bad ideas notebook. How social media help you with word economy, and so much more!
Matthew shares what he has learned from his incredibly fast accent in comedy beginning in Houston, TX. After only a year in standup, he won funniest comic in Texas and made his way out to LA with a brief stop in Austin. He was vulnerable enough to share how he struggled in those markets until he finally found his true home in New York city where he has excelled getting late night spots on Conan, The Tonight Show, and featured on Comedy Central’s “This Week at the Comedy Cellar.”
Brian and Drew talk with LA Comedian Jerry Garcia! Jerry has great takes on how to get ahead faster and gain a following in your first years of comedy. Jerry shares how he was able to make relationships with touring headliners to accelerate his growth as a comic. We listen to a set of his hilarious material from Chingo Bling’s “The Can’t Deport Us All” Special from Netflix.
A great listen for comics at all levels but if you’re in your first year or just about to start this is Jerry shares some great advice for you!
Brian & Drew are joined by Taiwanese-Canadian Comedian Ed Hill. Ed recently released his debut comedy album this month “Candy & Smiley.” We discuss his unique choice of recording his comedy album in front of only six people due to the pandemic and listen to a few hilarious clips.
Ed shares his unique and effective approach to writing. We also hear about his effective delivery method. Listen in to find out just how long Ed ran the light on his Ted Talk! Overall a really great discussion about comedy writing and performance with Ed!
We talk with British comedian and freestyle rapper, Chris Turner. Some of the highlights include some tips for working corporate gigs, discussion about arriving on stage, and the story of how his freestyles have him closing out shows across the country including the famous Comedy & Magic Club in LA and the Comedy Cellar in New York.
Chris’s videos have racked up over 25 million views on YouTube and if you have not seem how he does is freestyles, go check them out!
Brian and Drew are joined by NYC standup comedian Adrienne Iapalucci. Discussion includes delivering dark material, the benefits of writing with other comics you trust, why having a managers isn’t always a good thing, plus much more!
We break down some material from her new comedy album “Baby Skeletons.” Plus hear just how much of a train wreck Adrienne’s first manager was on her Just For Laughs trip.
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!
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!