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.”
NYC Comedian and writer Jourdain Fisher joins the show to share his rise through comedy starting at the age of 17 in North Carolina to performing on, and writing for, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Jourdain shares his early beginnings and eventual move to New York including the slow beginnings – once sleeping outside just to get a one minute set on to getting a manager and spots on national TV and comedy central presents — a clip we review on the show.
We talk through writing and Jourdain’s crisp delivery including segues between bits, his conversational flow, and his vocal “act outs.”
We know you’ll enjoy this episode and please also check out Jourdain’s recent album “Good For You.” Available for streaming on iTunes, Spotify, and other platforms.
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!
Actor and Standup comedian Jenny Zigrino joins the show and shares so much great advice for comics. We break down her killer Valentine’s Day set on CONAN, plus find out which celebrity she distains!
Really excellent advice around submitting for comedy festivals shared by Jenny who has been on the selection side of the submissions.
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 Standup Comedian and Filmmaker, Jessica Watkins. The discussion with Jessica is inspiration for comedians to take on projects that can compliment your growth as a standup act. Her documentary “Special-ish” serves as a great example of a creative way to expand your name in the in comedy industry. They discuss funding large projects, editing, storytelling, networking, and much more!
For over eight months Jessica pushed a running stroller from Lewes, DE to Oceanside, California performing standup in a dozen cities along the way and filmed the whole adventure. Part comedy special, part documentary the feature film SPECIALish premiered at the 2019 Broad Humor Film Festival winning Best Feature Film, and is slated to be released through Random Media, April 2021.
Learn more: http://www.jessicawatkinscomedy.com/specialish-documentary
Wow! So much fun and such a unique prospective on comedy shared by LA art critic turned comedian, Christina Catherine Martinez. She shares some interesting influences in her comedic style including Philippe Gaulier’s clown philosophies that she was able to apply and reach new levels of vulnerability and honesty on stage.
This episode takes a different approach breaking down a television commercial parody that Christina created in collaboration with several other comedians in place of our usual standup comedy clip. We hope this clip and episode inspire you to explore other avenues to reaching audiences through your comedy than standup.