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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..

4 Things You Can Learn From Social Media “Stars”

4 Things You Can Learn From Social Media “Stars”

I recently had the chance to work with some of the most talented (and popular) social media creators in the world and I want to share with you what I learned. But first, a little backstory. In my “day job” as the head of digital media for The Academy, I had the opportunity to put together a pretty unique stunt called the Oscars Creators as part of this year’s social campaign for the show. It was an initiative through which we invited seven talented social media artists from different platforms including Vine, Instagram, and Tumblr to come to Hollywood and share their perspective on all the Oscars activity. It turned out to be a great program, and you can see some of the highlights here: But it also gave me an opportunity to learn from these talented creators, see how they work, how they’ve built massive followings on social media, and learn how they created opportunities for themselves. While the Creators weren’t comedians (though some of their work is comedic) and each had differe..

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

Connected Comedy Podcast Episode 35: Comedy Clubs As Curators

Please subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes! On the “no solutions” episode of the podcast, Josh Spector, Jordan Cooper, Chelcie Rice and Josh Homer welcome road veteran Dale Jones onto the show to discuss the state of the comedy club business from a comic’s perspective, how clubs can shift with the changing landscape to have more sustainability, why it all can be fruitless without data showing what’s working and what’s not, and if audiences simply don’t trust the “comedy club experience” anymore. In addition, we talk about the broadening definition of a what a comedy show is, how clubs in middle America can embrace tactics being utilized in Los Angeles and New York by understanding, embracing and being active in their local communities and thinking of themselves more as content companies than performance venues. Links from this episode: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 5 Signs A Comedy Club Is Struggling [Ward Anderson] The Stand Cringe Humor Bar Rescue Episode 310 – Meat ..

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

Connected Comedy Podcast Episode 34: Look For The Yes

Please subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes! On the “don’t be an asshole” episode of the podcast, Josh Spector, Jordan Cooper, and Chelcie Rice welcome Ryan Budds to the show to talk about his move to Los Angeles from Chicago, building relationships and being a jack of all trades in an industry town, why production assistant jobs shouldn’t be “underneath” you and the power of simply just asking people for things you would like to do. In addition, we continue to discuss Josh Spector’s recent trend of “trolling” questions towards comedians, why lamenting that there’s not enough club work isn’t a solution, how comics have been ingrained to think of the crowd as someone else’s audience, and the difference in mindset between doing work-for-hire and pursuing a career. Links from this episode: CC Podcast Episode 18: When Do You Stop Paying Your Dues? You Know What Comics Really Hate? The Audience. [Connected Comedy] 5 Ways To Build A Closer Connection To Your Fans [Connected Comedy..

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

How Things Go Viral And More Stuff I’m Thinking About This Week

Here’s this week’s semi-rambling look at things I’ve been thinking about, stuff comics should know about, and more food for thought for comedians. You can read previous versions of this column here. You Can Learn A Lot From Jonah Peretti Jonah Peretti is a really smart dude. Besides being comedian Chelsea Peretti’s brother, he’s been involved in some of the web’s biggest content success stories including the rise of Huffington Post and most recently with Buzzfeed. He recently gave a talk at something called the Changing Media Summit in which he breaks down what he sees happening on the web and how/why some things spread and others don’t. It’s about a 30 minute talk, but well worth your time to watch it. Comedians As Other Comedians – A New Trend? For whatever reason it seems like lately I’ve seen a bunch of comedians doing stuff online featuring themselves parodying other comedians. For example, as a promotional stunt for the upcoming Marc Maron show on IFC, they put out a web seri..

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

Connected Comedy Podcast Episode 36: Make Stuff

Please subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes! On the “worst pitch session ever” episode of the podcast, Jordan Cooper, Chelcie Rice and Josh Homer welcome Dan Pasternack, VP of Development & Production at IFC to discuss how a network scouts talent, the role of podcasts and web series as a development platform, and how to pitch a television executive on a new project. In addition, Dan shares with us the story of how Portlandia was developed on IFC, the difference between ideas versus execution, the importance of having a distinctive voice, why the biggest disservice to your career is to be seen before you’re ready, and ultimately how in this day and age, it’s the best time ever to be a comedian. Links from this episode: Portlandia Thunderant Comedy Bang Bang Tribes – Seth Godin Super Deluxe Ben Stiller’s All-Star Comedy Roundtable Out There Maron Coming Soon: The Spoils of Babylon & The Birthday Boys [IFC Fix] Diabetes Is No Joke Participate with the community in our Connected ..

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

Connected Comedy Podcast Episode 37: Getting Out Of The Bubble

Please subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes! On the “fly on the wall” episode of the podcast, Jordan Cooper, Chelcie Rice and Josh Homer bring Mark Feigenbutz on the show for a very leisurely conversation about the internal and external struggles of moving up the comedy ladder, the destructive nature of staying inside your comfort zone, the process of framing material to suit a specific audience, and how it all ultimately comes down to the fear of failure. In addition, we discuss how badly the television networks are looking for content, why age demographics play a huge role in the industry opportunities you get, and how early success with a great five-minute showcase set can bite you in the ass later on in your career. Links from this episode: CC Podcast Episode 36 – Make Stuff Kyle Kinane’s Going Nowhere Interview w/ Patton Oswalt [AV Club] Impractical Jokers Participate with the community in our Connected Comedy Facebook group or post your questions, suggestions or topics ..

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

Connected Comedy Podcast Episode 38: What Kinds Of Delusion Are You?

Please subscribe and rate this podcast on iTunes! On another “fly on the wall” episode of the podcast, Jordan Cooper, Chelcie Rice and Josh Homer bring Patrick Passafiume on the show for an off-the-cuff conversation about being able to self-assess your talent, staying grounded, giving and getting honest criticism of your act from peers, and learning from failure. In addition, we discuss the dynamics of a comedy scene, why being made fun of is a rite of passage, stepping up from MC’ing to the feature spot, and weighing the standard of a “solid” set of time. Links from this episode: Like I’m An Idiot Episode 15: Maggie Klaus Explains Stand-Up Comedy Is Rob Delaney Trying to Keep the Video of Him Bombing on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Off the Web? Participate with the community in our Connected Comedy Facebook group or post your questions, suggestions or topics to cover in the future on our Facebook page. We always welcome your comments! The post Connected Comedy Podcast Episode 38: What Kinds O..

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