TIMMY BOYLE: COMEDY CIRCUIT [EP. 23]

Timmy Boyle has received rave reviews for his unique comedy styling, as emcee or headline act, at various events in Canada & The United States.  He’s been a featured performer on the nationwide Date Night Comedy Tour and can be seen regularly across Ontario as founder & host of The Circuit: Canada’s first clean comedy circuit.  Most recently, Timmy was a Clean Comedy Challenge finalist at the legendary Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA.

TIMMY BOYLE SHOW NOTES

  •  What’s the deal with Helen Keller?
  •  Classic comedy influences.
  •  Connecting with comedian Leland Klassen.
  •  Why Timmy’s start in stand-up comedy is on DVD.
  •  Producing live comedy.
  •  Creating a “Comedy Circuit.”
  •  Timmy’s Instagram LIVE show Calling Comedians in Quarantine.

And much more!

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BRIAN APPRILLE: UNCOMMON COMEDY [EP.22]

Brian Apprille is a stand-up comedian, voice actor and motivational speaker who performs across America.  Brian’s career took a turn for the serious in 2009 when he developed facial paralysis as a result of a rare disease called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.  Now an activist and a comic at once, Brian raises awareness of facial paralysis and inspires hope in fellow suffers with plenty of belly-laugh healing along the way.

BRIAN APPRILLE SHOW NOTES

  •  The ex factor.
  •  Career motivation.
  •  Trying new jokes.
  •  How Brian incorporates impressions in his act.
  •  Filming with Dry Bar Comedy.
  •  Going on stage during difficult personal times.
  •  Ramsey Hunt Syndrome
  •  When self-deprecating humor offends people.
  •  Cancel culture.
  •  Political humor.
  •  Stealing joy and giving your joy away.
  •  What comedians can give.

And much more!

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BRIAN BATES: CAREER CHANGE [EP. 21]

 

Brian Bates got his comedy start later in life. Since launching his comedy career, he’s toured comedy clubs and theaters across America with national headliners like Henry Cho and Nate Bargatze. Brian can be heard weekly on Laugh USA on Sirius satellite radio.

 BRIAN BATES SHOW NOTES

  •  Why stand-up comedy?
  •  Taking the School of Laughs
  •  Leaving a solid career
  •  Comedy after quarantine
  •  Advice on becoming a full time comedian
  •  The Anne Frank House joke

And lots more!

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MAKING LAUGHTER IN THE HOME: REBECCA KENNEDY [EP. 20]

 

These times are crazy, to say the least.  In this special episode, my lovely bride Rebecca Kennedy and I share some thoughts and tips on making laughter happen in our home.

SHOW NOTES

  • Differences in what makes us laugh
  • Snuffing out stress
  • The advantage of being calm people
  • Finding humor in crazy places
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Being quarantined
  • Doc can’t stand rosemary

And much more!

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ZOOM COMEDY: BRANDON SKELTON [EP.19]

 

Brandon Skelton was born to not only preach, but bring the funny!  Although he’s only been at the comedy game two years, he’s learned a lot along the way.

BRANDON SKELTON SHOW NOTES

  •  Being a pastor and working comedian
  •  Performing for teenagers
  •  Marketing to your audience
  •  Learning from performance mistakes
  •  Tips for doing live video comedy
  •  Booking Zoom live comedy shows
  •  The value of virtual comedy
  •  The Josh Belcher Uncharted Podcast

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CONVERSATE: SHAWN MATHENIA [EP. 18]

 

Shawn Mathenia is a veteran comedian based out of Memphis, TN.  In this fun chat we talk a variety of topics, including:

SHAWN MATHENIA SHOW NOTES

  •  Shawn having been adopted
  •  How his comedy has changed over the years
  •  Unintentionally offending people at church shows
  •  Shawn’s little daughter telling jokes with him on stage
  •  Conversate with Shawn Mathenia

And a whole lot more!

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BEHIND THE BITS: SCOTT CURTIS [EP. 17]

Scott Curtis is a stand-up comedian based out of South Bend, IN.  Scott’s first time on stage came later in life when he was offered a chance to perform at work and from there started out on this wild journey.  Scott is also host and producer of the hit podcast Behind The Bits.

SCOTT CURTIS SHOW NOTES

  •  Scott’s early comedy influences
  •  First time performing stand-up comedy
  •  Learning why a joke may or may not work
  •  Enjoying comedy with a spouse
  •  Scott’s current purpose in comedy and the value of knowing yours
  •  The Behind The Bits Podcast

And a whole lot more!

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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?

And lots more!

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