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“Don’t Skip Any Steps” – David Gborie

So much great advice shared by David! Work Hard and don’t skip any steps!  It’s a cumulative effect of all the progress of the work you put in. Some things that help, start a mic or a showcase where your comfortable and work out new jokes. Start a podcast and not necessarily a comedy podcast. If you like comedy and like getting better, work hard and don’t be in such a hurry the breaks will come!

Follow David: https://www.instagram.com/cool

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Check out his podcast: All Fantasy Everything – https://headgum.com/all-fantasy-everything

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“Networking” – Kim Congdon

The guys are joined by LA comedian, writer, and actress Kimberly Congdon! Kim’s first two standup sets ever were both at the World Famous Comedy Store. She rolled the Pot Luck open mic spot into a spot on the new (at the time) Kill Tony Show where she became one of the first show regulars.

If we can learn anything from Kim, it is to network, even when it’s out of your comfort zone. She later made connections to that got her onto the Comedy Central Roast Battle, a writer for the Impractical Jokers, and so many other opportunities. Kim shares a unique writing tip (especially if you have a podcast, and if you don’t she gives you a good reason to start one) Great episode for any comic, at any level!

Find Kim:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimcongdon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlycongdon

Broad Topix Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/c/broadtopix

This Bitch Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSifmAaKVbhYtPzCbZILVHQ

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“Taking Weird Opportunities” – Ahamed Weinberg

Brian and Drew talk the hahas with Ahamed Weinberg. Ahamed is a Los Angeles-based comedian from Philadelphia. He made his late night stand up debut on Late Night w/ Seth Meyers (NBC), is one of TimeOut LA’s Comics to Watch and Vulture’s 20 Comics to Watch and was awarded New Face at the 2016 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Interesting discussion on script writing and other creative comedy projects outside of standup. We talk about taking chances on stage and ways to get into the right headspace. Mining material and things to talk about on stage by taking weird opportunities and chances. Life experiences lead to some of the most interesting and meaningful material.

Follow Ahamed:

https://instagram.com/ahamedweinberg

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https://instagram.com/thebriangendron

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“1000 Funny Things” – Mike Vecchione

Brian and Drew talk comedy with NYC comedian, writer, and actor Mike Vecchione! Weeks before recording his standup special produced by Nate Bargatze in Nashville we catch Mike as he tightens up his hour. He shares some lessons he has learned from his career journey including how to get booked for late night and other projects. He also opens up his writing strategy suggesting that over 1000 funny things happen to us each day and encourages us to capture those things and write about them.

We watch a clip from his most recent Tonight Show appearance and much more. So much great info shared for comics at all levels so give it a listen, and tell a friend!

Find Mike: https://www.instagram.com/comicmikev/

Mike’s podcasts:

Mike Vecchione Investigates: https://gasdigitalnetwork.com/gdn-show-channels/mike-vecchione-investigates/

Macaroni Rascals: https://macaronirascals.libsyn.com/

The Riot Comedy Show: https://theriothtx.com

Brian Gendron – https://instagram.com/thebriangendron

Drew Jordan – https://instagram.com/drewistalkward

“Making it in America” – Steph Tolev

Brian and Drew visit with Canadian standup comedian Steph Tolev, now based in LA. We follow her journey from Toronto to LA and learn a few lessons along the way. We discuss running shows, hosting, working with bookers, writing on stage, and so much more. You’ll love Steph’s insights and her energy even more! We look at her clip from Bill Burr’s “The Ringers” from Comedy Central.

Steph has two albums her most recent album “I’m not Well” was nominated for the Juno Award. Steph has a half hour on Epix, and was just passed at the Comedy Store in LA at the time of this recording!

“Jokes From Your Past” – Caleb Synan

Brian and Drew talk comedy with LA comedian Caleb Synan. Like most of us, writing during the shutdowns from the pandemic was difficult. Caleb talks about going deep into his past which opened up the discussion about mining for material from your past and upbringing. Bringing animation to your bits including eye movements, act outs, and every few months changing and adding to bits because the times are different and you are different. This and so much more shared, very funny episode with Caleb Synan!

Follow Caleb

More episodes – https://breakingdownbits.com

Followon instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/breakingdownbits/

https://www.instagram.com/thebriangendron/

https://www.instagram.com/drewistalkward/

https://www.instagram.com/calebsynan/

“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

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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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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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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!