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EP 32: Power & Progress with Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings

Make sure you support the @soapboxxpodcast on social media! The Soapboxx Podcast family (host- T.J. Legacy, co-host Javonni Hampton, Jessica Andrade, & guest contributor Ishna Y’Keal) sit down with the first ever African-American Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry L. Demings. We get Mayor Demings reaction to the Orlando Police Department bodycam arrest footage of six [...]

Ep 102: Straight from the Torrei Hart

Comedian/Actor/Producer/Author/Mother Torrei Hart joins the #dopedealers to discuss her life, career, motherhood, and why she got that “Glow”! Torrei talks about her new Keto recipe book and

Ep 101: Me, Myself, & Guy with Guy

Comedian/Actor Guy Torry (Life, American History X, Pearl Harbor, Don’t Say A Word) joins the #dopedealers to discuss his career, creating Phat Tuesday’s, quitting the “Kings of Comedy” Tour,

BlackStage: Katie Merriam & Meredith Petro – Style In Comedy, Secret Shows, and Inspirations

Comedian Katie Merriam and stylist Meredith Petro stopped by the Blackstage studio and we talked about fashion in comedy, Katie’s shows, Bradlys’ parents, Meredith’s parents, hectic schedules, inspirations, and so much more. Please follow Katie Merriam at @katability and Meredith Petro at @minniemere. Follow Us! Greg Edwards Twitter: @gregthegrouch Instagram: @gregcomedy GregComedy.com Bradlys Philoctete Facebook:…

5 Reasons Comedian Newsletters May Become Bigger Than Comedy Podcasts

Not so long ago, most comics had never heard of podcasts, let alone had one of their own. Oh, how things change. Social media evolves at such a rapid pace that it’s difficult to keep up to date with the latest opportunities, let alone get ahead of them in a manner that allows you to capitalize on them. For example, the boom in comedy podcasts over the past couple years created incredible, career-altering opportunities for comedians – but mostly for comics who were “early” on the podcast boom. Guys like Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, and others built podcast empires by combining their talents with a good sense of timing – they saw the potential in the format before the rest of the comedy world and capitalized on it. While predicting the future is certainly a crapshoot, I also felt like I saw the podcast boom coming several years before it exploded. And now, I feel like I’m seeing a similar set of circumstances bubbling up that leads me to believe there’s a new boom coming. This time arou..

7 Things You Can Learn From Dave Foley Of Kids In The Hall

This is a guest post from Connected Comedian David Gavri, a Chicago comic and comedy writer who also publishes interviews with comedians on his Gonzo Fame website. If you’d like to contribute a guest post to Connected Comedy, please email me. A founding member of the comedy troupe Kids In The Hall, Dave Foley has had a long and successful career as a standup comedian, actor, and writer. He recently appeared at a Q&A held at Second City in Chicago where he was interviewed by Katie Rich and shared the following advice for comedians about the challenges of writing and creating comedy. 1. Sometimes The Best Ideas Come When You’re NOT Writing When it came to writing sketches with Kids In The Hall, Foley explained that typically the group’s most successful ideas came when they weren’t actually trying to write at all, but rather when they were just hanging out together. “The best ideas come when you’re NOT writing,” he said. “We spent an awful lot of time watching MTV videos and saying stu..

How 5 Successful Comedians Used Their Websites Before They Were Famous

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5 Things You Can Learn From Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias recently appeared on an episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast where he discussed the evolution of his career and how he’s grown into one of the biggest headliners in the country. But most importantly for up and coming comics, he explained how he approaches marketing and branding himself in a way that has helped separate him from the rest of the crowd. You can listen to the full episode here, or read up on some of the highlights below. 1. Be Easy To Remember – And Consistent At around the 17-minute mark, Iglesias explains that he embraced the nickname “Fluffy” early on because he realized that nobody that saw him was remembering his name. So, he decided to incorporate the nickname Fluffy into his act and into everything he did from a marketing perspective, recognizing that it was more memorable than his name. “It branded me,” he says. Iglesias’ branding didn’t stop with his nickname. Early on he also made a conscious decision to maintain a consistent look – in his cas..

Embrace That Niche (Connected Comedy Podcast Episode 57)

Please subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes! On the “nichiest” episode of the podcast, Jordan Cooper and Josh Spector talk about narrowing the focus of your career towards a target audience, concentrating on that one thing that’s unique and different about you, how consumers have become fragmented and are gravitating to niches over broad media, how advertisers are putting more effort in reaching engaged audiences rather than large ones, and why ‘artisanal’ e-mail newsletters may be the next big wave of building and cultivating a fan base. In addition, Jordan discusses the strategic plans of his podcast over the past two years, how it shows the power of placing yourself in the position to get opportunities, the importance of putting as much effort into community engagement as you do creating the content, and why setting goals with timeframes can help determine how you’re defining “success” in your comedic endeavors. Links from this episode: Blenderhead Podcast #39: Never Go Ful..

The Best Audience For An Unknown Comedian To Connect With

I’ve been doing a series of Q&A posts over in the Connected Comedians Facebook group recently where I offer advice to anybody that’s got questions about the marketing or business side of comedy. There’s lots of great stuff in those conversations, but I wanted to share one in particular that I think many of you will find relevant. Atlanta comedian Jamie Ward asked an interesting question about how to figure out what type of audience had the most potential for him to connect with as a relatively unknown comic. Here was his specific question followed by my thoughts: “I’m going to break comedy audiences down in to 3 primary groups: Comedy nerds: Who know current comedians follow favorites and such. General comedy audiences: Who somewhat regularly attend clubs but really only remember big names or those from TV or movies. Casual entertainment audience: Who might attend a club once because there is a deal or they one tickets, they’re open to have a good time, but didn’t necessarily see..