CREATING A COMEDY CLUB: DENNIS TOOLEY [EP.16]

Dennis Tooley shares his journey in co-creating Gutty’s Comedy Club.  Located in Greenwood, IN, Dennis and his business partner Steve Rivera are putting in the work to make their dreams of owning a successful comedy club a reality.

Gutty’s is currently in a contest with other businesses for a chance of winning a $50k grant!  Vote daily thru March 8th! (click here to vote now)

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DENNIS TOOLEY SHOW NOTES

  • Starting a comedy club.
  • Marketing their business.
  • The value of family friendly comedy.
  • Political Correctness and comedy.
  • The NEW Gutty’s Comedy Club app.

And a whole lot more!

 

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SCHOOL OF LAUGHS: RIK ROBERTS [EP.15]

Rik Roberts keeps his humor relevant and easy to relate to.  Rik mots recently can be seen in his half hour Dry Bar Comedy special.  His emphasis on storytelling paved the way towards his speaking career.

Just like in comedy, Rik keeps the pace of his keynote programs up using stories, facts, current events, visuals and crowd participation to make the points relevant to each group.

Aside from his keynotes and comedy shows, Rik teaches comedy writing workshops across the country and online through his School of Laughs and can be heard through his School Of Laughs Podcast.

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RIK ROBERTS SHOW NOTES

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DEFENDING APU [EP. 14]

 

In this episode Jared Lovrak and I talk about The Simpson’s character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and voice actor Hank Azaria‘s decision to stop voicing Apu.

 

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APU SHOW NOTES

  •  The origins of Apu.
  •  Why Apu is a hero.
  •  Why people find the character offensive.
  •  Why Hank Azaria is stepping down from the character.
  •  Will this lead to more character’s being abandoned for the sake of political correctness?
  •  What racial stereotypes look like outside the United States.
  •  Why not laugh?

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TV PRODUCING and COMEDY: ANDY FREEMAN [EP. 12]

 

Andy Freeman is the Senior Producer of Huckabee, filmed near Nashville, TN. 

Andy is a wealth of knowledge in TV Production, comedy and life.

 

 

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ANDY FREEMAN SHOW NOTES

  • Andy’s comedy influences.
  • Doing stand-up comedy in college.
  • Growing as a comedian with the likes of Emo Philips.
  • Why clean comedy is supreme.
  • How comedy has changed.
  • How comedy changes lives.
  • The true danger of Political Correctness.
  • What Andy looks for in booking stand-up comedians for the show.
  • Dennis Regan’s set on Huckabee.

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RICKY GERVAIS, JOKES and HOLLYWOOD [EP. 11]

Kicking off the new decade were the 2020 Golden Globes.  As time moves on, each Hollywood awards show becomes more and more about pushing agendas rather than celebrating talent, people and hard work.  The Golden Globes would prove to be more of the same, but then there was Ricky Gervais.  Never one to shy away from being politically incorrect and unafraid of offending groups, he let the jokes fly!

 

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DEFENSIVELY OFFENDED [EP. 10]

What is Defensively Offended?  It ‘s being offended for someone else assuming they will be offended.  In this short episode I unpack why we should stop assuming our friends, family and even people we don’t know will be offended.  I propose we should trust they have the maturity and even desire to take in jokes they may relate to.

 

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THE UNEMPLOYED ALCOHOLIC: AARON SORRELS [EP.09]

For anyone else, The Unemployed Alcoholic would be a woeful badge, but Aaron Sorrels wears it with a smile.  Pursuing recovery while facing rejection from the job market was painful.  He battled identity crisis, depression and anxiety — But he also found purpose.  Now he helps people laugh while highlighting recovery and faith.

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AARON SORRELS SHOW NOTES

  •  The Unemployed Alcoholic?
  •  Finding joy in recovery.
  •  Using comedy to impact lives.
  •  Meeting his wife in middle school.
  •  First time on stage was at LaughFest.
  •  Clean Comedy Time

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LAUGHING THROUGH THE PAIN: JOBY SAAD [EP.08]

Growing up in Nashville Tennessee, Joby Saad read of Harry Houdini and was performing children’s magic shows most weekends by age 12. He eventually became a stand-up comedian and hasn’t looked back.  Creating the character The Village Idiot, Joby’s big break came from his starring role on an episode of the family friendly television series Bananas Comedy in 2005. Then in 2006 came the Warner brothers “Thou Shalt Laugh” starring Patricia Heaton from “Everybody loves Raymond“. Featuring seven of the nations top clean comedians it went on to become the highest selling comedy DVD within its genre.  Joby is currently a judge and performer for the annual Clean Comedy Challenge which promotes clean comedy for younger comedians as well as veterans comics.

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  • Joby’s shares about his good friend, the late-great comedian Brody Stevens.
  • Starting as a magician.
  • Trying to understand why bullies bully.
  • Joby inspires the late-great Michelle McNamara to marry a comedian.
  • Creating characters.
  • Creative outlets.
  • Suicide jokes.
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    ROOKIE MISTAKES: BIG ANDREW KUYKENDALL [EP. 07]


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    BIG Andrew Kuykendall

    is a comedian based out of Atlanta.  In this episode Big Andrew shares his wins and struggles as a fairly young comic.  This episode is also fun because it was the first ever Free to Laugh recorded.

    BIG ANDREW KUYKENDALL SHOW NOTES

    •  Why BIG Andrew?
    •  Producing your own shows.
    •  Having someone to bounce jokes off before taking them to the stage.
    •  Is Political Correctness fair?
    •  Being reprimanded by other comedians.
    •  The problem with midget jokes.

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    DEAF COMEDY: CHRIS RUPPE [EP. 06]

    Chris Ruppe grew up in a small town and was raised by deaf parents. Chris was the class clown and made terrible grades. Somehow he went on to graduate from college and get a masters degree. Chris has been a pastor, consultant and has worked with several 501c3 organizations. Chris does comedy and speaking engagements with several adoption related charities to raise awareness and funds to support this great cause.


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    CHRIS RUPPE SHOW NOTES

    •  Being raised by deaf parents
    •  Working jokes about deaf people
    •  Being offended by other people’s real life experiences
    •  Doing warm-up for TV shows
    •  The downside of longer joke setups
    •  Using comedy to raise money for charity

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