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Every week, Scott Curtis talks serious with comedians about their craft. Were they inspired by Dave Chappelle or George Carlin, Paula Poundstone or Iliza Shlesinger? How do they write their comedy sets? Which jokes work and which one's failed? How do you find your comedic voice? Which comedy clubs are the best? We hit these topics and more every week so that you and I can learn from the professional comedians who have blazed the trail for us.
 
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Dewayne White is a DC-based standup comedian who performs all over the country. He’s a combat-wounded veteran who served in the Army for 23 years. His humor is drawn from his unique take on his military experience, his life as a husband and father, and the general craziness of life. Dewayne started performing standup with the Armed Services Arts Pa…
 
Seen in the cult comedy documentary film The Unbookables released on Comedy Dynamics, “A true story about standup comics who have spent their whole lives pushing limits – onstage and off”. Described by media critic David Fewster as being “the spawn of an unnatural union between Henry Rollins and Don Rickles.” James has been on the Doug Stanhope Pod…
 
Ken Garr grew up on the south side of Chicago. The son of a retired Chicago Fire Fighter and Homemaker, Ken proudly hails from three generations of fire fighters. The youngest of 4 children, Ken’s hilarious views on life are derived on growing up in a blue collar family with his own white collar aspirations. A former Managing Director at NASDAQ, Ke…
 
When Mo Alexander hits the stage, it’s clear that you’re in the hands of a man who knows what he’s doing. With comedy influences such as Bill Hicks, Paul Mooney, and Richard Pryor, Mo combines intelligence and debauchery into a product that is just as funny as it is important. With an ability to access both the smartest and the stupidest parts of y…
 
Glen Foster has been one of the top headliners in Canada for over three decades. He didn't just work the road, he's one of the guys who helped to build it. Glen appeared in his first one hour comedy special, "That Canadian Guy" in 2000 and, since then, the moniker has stuck. Many of his fans, don't even know his actual name, but they do know one th…
 
Matt Drufke has been a performing comedian and show runner for over 16 years. His long-running Thursday showcase called Still Not Friday that takes place in the Chicago suburbs attracts some of the best touring comedians in the country. Matt also is passionate about giving newer comedians stage time on his show (provide they don’t act a fool). Matt…
 
Lace Larrabee is an Atlanta-based actor and nationally touring stand-up comedian who can be seen at clubs from coast to coast. Festival credits include; the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, She Devil, Asheville Comedy Fest, Limestone, Red Clay, Accidental, Comedy Fort, She Dot Festival in Toronto and more. Lace was also named "2018 Best Local Comedi…
 
Zack Lyman has been performing stand up comedy for over 12 years. In that time he has been recognized by magazines and shows across the United States. His live shows are full of energy during his story telling style of Stand Up Comedy. Also known for his Podcast cleverly named the Zack Lyman Podcast. Zach is also working on a comedy streaming show …
 
Matt Levy is a 1988-born stand up & sketch comedian, cancer survivor and lifelong Night at the Roxbury fan. Hailing from Arizona, Matt moved to New York in 2013 to pursue comedy full-time. We know. Very brave! Levy has performed at festivals like The Beast Village Comedy Festival (Des Moines), The Bird City Comedy Festival (Phoenix) and Motor City …
 
Tyson Cox loves comedy, plain and simple. Chasing this dream he’s slept in his cramped car and flown on… cramped airplanes. But in his travels he’s made memories, fans, and friends. This joy can be felt when he performs and it has lead him to get the chance to do things he only dreamed of when growing up on a farm. He’s performed all over this coun…
 
Linda Marcus Smith started comedy later in life after serving in the Army and sustaining a debilitating brain injury. After being estranged from her daughter, Linda felt hopeless and needed something to get her out of bed every day. Fortunately for the comedy community, she chose standup. Since then, Linda has moved to Las Vegas and is a huge suppo…
 
Drew Harmon is a comedian and former TV weatherman who moved from San Francisco to Detorit. Drew has been a regular at the Punch Line and has appeared at comedy festivals like SF Sketchfest, Gilda’s Laughfest and the Asheville Comedy Festival. Drew also created the popular show, “I Think I’d Be Good At That” where a person who has never done standu…
 
Mike Chisholm is the only person I know who is more obsessed with David Letterman than I am. Mike has put a lot of effort to bring us The Letterman Podcast which is the only podcast that celebrates and takes deep dives into Dave’s entire career from The Morning Show to his latest interview on Netflix. Here’s Mike’s description of The Letterman Podc…
 
Neil Rubenstein is a burly, tattooed guy who plays against type; kind, cerebral, but still casually mentions past illegal activities (running a poker room, owning a brothel, etc.) the way one might reference a Renaissance Lit course you took in college. Neil has won or placed in a list of comedy contests as long as my arm. Neil is a sought-after fe…
 
Shanna Christmas was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She is a stand up comedian, writer, actor and producer. She stands at 6’3’’ and played volleyball in college, despite much protest. Her comedy style has been described as “Edgy/Classy” as she finds ways to speak about complicated issues that can offend, but she’s so charming that you can’t be m…
 
Orlando Baxter exploded onto the Boston comedy scene in 2005, and was quickly established as one of the areas hottest young comics. His fresh perspective and unique relatability soon made this former high school teacher a fan favourite and led to a string of finalist positions in a host of contests and festivals all over the world including NBC’s ‘…
 
Walter Gottlieb spent much of his life as a non-fiction media producer, writer, & director for channels like CBS, HGTV, The Learning Channel, & PBS. He won many awards including an Emmy for his work. He decided later in life to pursue stand-up comedy and has been producing his own shows in the Washington DC & Baltimore areas. We had a great talk ab…
 
David Murrell is the lead and founding pastor of South Bend Vineyard Church in South Bend, Indiana. Ever since David can remember, his calling was to plant a church. After three years on staff at a local Vineyard Church, David knew it was time to break into new territory and plant on the other side of town. David is the father of two and husband to…
 
Most of America knows Andy Huggins from his standout appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2018. We all gasped a little when Howie Mandell recognized him from their days starting out together at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. All of Houston comedy looked on as one of their own took center stage on one of the nation’s largest talent competitions. …
 
Jon Batch started Demented Peach Productions in Southwest Michigan to fill a void for venues, folks who want to see live comedy, and comedians who deserve to be paid for their time & talent. Jon has put together a business plan and a team who can fill your venue, give you great comedy entertainment, and pay their comedians more than drink tickets. …
 
Originally from Syracuse, NY Steven Rogers is a New York City based comedian who has been making others laugh for most of his life. Steven made his national TV debut in 2019 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and has been featured in multiple comedy festivals such as Lucy Fest and the Rogue Island Comedy Festival. He also has a popular anxiety t…
 
Barry Katz is an Emmy and Grammy nominated TV-film-record producer, talent manager, and podcast host. Katz is universally known for representing iconic artists like Louie Anderson, Ken Jeong, Andy Dick, Hasan Minhaj, and Mike Epps, giving the first quality stage time in New York City and Boston to future stars like Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Sarah Silve…
 
Barry Katz is an Emmy and Grammy nominated TV-film-record producer, talent manager, and podcast host. Katz is universally known for representing iconic artists like Louie Anderson, Ken Jeong, Andy Dick, Hasan Minhaj, and Mike Epps, giving the first quality stage time in New York City and Boston to future stars like Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Sarah Silve…
 
Damon Sumner has been bringing laughter to people’s lives even before he held a mic on a stage. He has continued to hone his craft and every time he touches the stage, he delivers hilarious stories about his upbringing, and witty, high-energy observations of everyday life. Since starting standup in Atlanta, Damon has shared the stage with numerous …
 
Katie Hannigan is a stand up comic, actor and bad bitch (she tried to be rude once but she got nervous). Featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central, Just For Laughs New Faces, Travel Channel, and MTV, Katie performs nightly in NYC at New York Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, Westside Comedy Club, and Caroline's. Katie wrote Death Hacks…
 
Navy Vet and Single Parent Dean Jernigan brings the high energy heat with his keen sense of humor and contagious smile. After several years on the radio, Dean started doing comedy in 2018 swiftly rising to the top of Michiana’s comedy scene. He quickly left his mark sharing his unique view on single parenting and dating today. He made his regional …
 
Nick Gaza is a funny, sick and often twisted individual. His act is a mixture of hilarious true stories and things we can only hope aren't true. Nick makes fun of everyone: the audience, himself, and anyone who gets in his sights. His comedy knows no limits, so be warned! But if you are the kind of person who laughs at things you know you shouldn't…
 
Alex Hooper is a stand-up comedian, actor and professional roaster. He delights crowds by blending dark humor with silly positivity. His joke writing is clever and fearless. Onstage he bursts with energy. Alex shines just like his sparkly wardrobe. He’s headlined clubs all over the world. And whether it’s an audience of 11 or 11,000, Alex leaves co…
 
On July 30, 2021, I hosted a special live event with Tom Dreesen to help promote his book “Still Standing: My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage, and Sinatra”. We had some of Tom’s friends from his many years of performing and a Q&A for a couple fans at the end of the show. There is some great insight to Tom’s fantastic career in comedy …
 
A standup comedian for more than twenty-five years, Drew Hastings has inhabited the American comedy scene with a distinct perspective. His commanding stage presence has always delivered intelligent material with an edge, be it his observations of the human condition or the declining state of American society. What has always made Hastings’ standup …
 
I met Trent Babb during the height of the pandemic on Joel Byars’ Hot Breath network. We did a couple feedback mics together and I watched him really lean into his comedy writing. Trent has really impressed me with his “crowdsourcing” his jokes by bouncing them off complete strangers in a comedy writing Facebook group and posting some of his great …
 
I got to catch up with one of my favorite guests, John Poveromo in this episode. John & I talked about trends in stand-up comedy in 2021 and speculated on the future of live comedy. We also talked about bringer shows which appears to be a hot topic on the comedy groups these days. John always has some great insight and I’m happy that his podcast, D…
 
With a background in improvisational theater, including training at Chicago’s prestigious Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, Johnny brings a very unique style to the stage. He made his network television debut in January of 2015 as one of the last comedians to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman. He has also made …
 
Eddie Brill is a well respected, very funny and talented stand up comedian. In addition to performing in 46 of the 50 states in the US, Eddie has also done stand-up in England, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, France, Holland, Dhaka and Hong Kong. For seventeen years, he worked on The Late Show with David Letterman. He served as the audience w…
 
Shanda Sung is a comedian from Bloomington, Indiana. Her stand up has been seen by audiences throughout the Midwest. Shanda was featured on the album On Tour Live from Bloomington and the premiere episode of the Vice network show Hunters. She has been featured at the Limestone Comedy Festival, the Milwaukee Comedy Festival and the Finger Lakes Come…
 
Geoff Plitt has an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon and is an ex-Google employee. After studying at Second City and iO in Chicago, Geoff moved to LA to be a standup comic and joke writer. Festival performances include SF Sketchfest, Windsor Comedy Fest (2nd place), San Diego Comedy Fest (semifinalist), Ventura Comedy Fest (semifinalist), and…
 
Mo Vida started performing comedy in New York to fill a void after her father passed away. She hit the ground running after taking a comedy class then took her act to Colorado a few years later. Mo has been seen on Amazon Prime’s Comics Watching Comics and is a headlining act all over the West. Follow Mo on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moka…
 
This is my Anti-Spotify Rant. Let’s hit Spotify in the wallet and use virtually any other streaming service! Also, buy artists albums and merch! Here’s the article regarding Spotify removing comedy albums: https://thelaughbutton.com/spotify-pulls-comedy-catalogs-in-retaliation-to-comedians-asking-for-owed-royalties Here’s a rough comparison of stre…
 
Samantha Bearman is an empowerment coach, a writing expert, and a comedian. She has been writing professionally for over a decade and is a contributing journalist for Syndrome Magazine. When Samantha is not making you laugh, she is teaching comedians and public speakers how to write and perform compelling bits and talks that keep an audience engage…
 
Trent Mabry won the 2020 Indy’s Funniest Person competition by working on his comedy skills since the age of 17. He started a popular podcast called There You Go With Trent Mabry during the pandemic and is still putting out episodes. He’s talked to comedy greats like Jeff Altman and Eddie Brill and gives some very bad advice to people with very bad…
 
Carl Sobel is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based comedian who doesn’t wait for opportunities to perform to come to him. He makes his own opportunities. With his “Comedy on Ida”, Carl gave comedy fans and performers a safe and socially distant place to see comedy during the pandemic. Carl built a stage in his garage and created an outdoor space so that …
 
Lace Larrabee is an Atlanta-based actor and nationally touring stand-up comedian who can be seen at clubs from coast to coast. Festival credits include; the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, She Devil, Asheville Comedy Fest, Limestone, Red Clay, Accidental, Comedy Fort, She Dot Festival in Toronto and more. Lace was also named "2018 Best Local Comedi…
 
For most of his life, Jeff Altman resided in Los Angeles where he was a sought after stand up comedian, as well as an accomplished actor, starring and guest starring in TV shows the likes of the Dukes of Hazzard, Nurses, Baywatch, Night Court and the Tonight Show plus many others. In his career, Jeff starred in over 30 national commercial campaigns…
 
Nina Kraus, Ph.D., is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning. She began her career measuring responses from single auditory neurons and was one of the first to show that the adult nervous system has the potential for reorganization following learning; these insights in basic biology galvanized her t…
 
Gwen Sunkel is an Indianapolis comedian, emcee, and character actor. She performs regularly at Helium Comedy Club and The White Rabbit Cabaret where she is a cast member with An Evening With The Authors*. You’ve seen her at Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha, Yuckfest, and Limestone Comedy Festival and on the Vice TV Series ‘Hunters.’ Gwen is also contributing …
 
David Britton released his first full-length comedy album last year called “The History of the Universe” and it’s a delightfully weird look into the way that David sees the world. David started his standup when he lived in Bloomington, IN and has taken his talent to upstate New York. David has written for The Daily Dot and Hard Times. David and I t…
 
I’m running a repeat of my Corey Ryan Forrester episode as he and the WELLred comedy team are performing in Huntsville (my new hometown) this weekend. Get a ticket and see the show! Check out the WellRED Comedy Tour Dates here: https://wellredcomedy.com/ Check out our new sponsor, FÜM and use the code “BTB” to get 10% off your first order: https://…
 
Greg Warren, most recently seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show and Comedy Central Presents, has built a strong fan base with an act inspired by his Midwestern upbringing. His CDs, Running Out of Time (Sept 2013) and One Star Wonder (June 2009) hit #3 and #6 respectively in iTunes Top Comedy Albums. An honest mix of self-deprecat…
 
Liz Miele, originally from New Jersey, started doing stand-up at 16 in New York City. At 18 she was profiled in The New Yorker Magazine, at 22 she appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” She recently appeared on Comedy Central’s “This Week at the Comedy Cellar,” NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” Hulu’s “Coming To The Stage,” AXS TV’s “Gotham …
 
Erica Switzer is a Chicago-born educator, comedian, and public speaker formerly based in Shanghai, China. With her unique energy and raw, biting wit, she has featured for veteran comedians Simeon Goodson, Mateen Stewart, and Justin Rivera and accomplished her first 30-minute headliner in April 2020. Along with founding Hei Now Comedy, China's premi…
 
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