E17: What To Do When You Aren’t Getting Booked

I honestly thought about calling this episode “Why All Bookers Are Assholes.”

Don’t even stress about whether you are getting booked if you are less than two years in. Some Bookers have rules about “time served.” It won’t matter how well you land with an audience at an open mic. Your stats could be amazing and they still won’t book you until you have a couple years under your belt. Especially in bigger cities.

I refer you to previous episodes:

E2 – Basic Rules of Stand Up Comedy

E3 – What the F To Wear

E4 – What Makes A Good Set

E6 – What I Look For As A Booker.

If you listen to these four episodes and are confident you are hitting all of these marks then it’s time to talk to the Booker. Any Booker should be happy to honestly communicate with you about what you can do better. Take this feedback openly and without being defensive. This feedback is important.

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E16 – Goal Setting For Comics

I recorded this episode on December 4th. The time of year I sit down and start thinking about my goals for the upcoming year. This episode is all about how to set goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. In the end, as comics, the trajectory of our career is dependent on the decisions of others. Avoid making goals that depend on someone else’s permission or approval. Focus what you can control. They will help you grow as an artist!

If you have a question for Comedy Mom you can e-mail her at comedymompodcast@gmail.com. Or just slide into our DM’s at @comedymompodcast on Instagram!

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E15 – Conversation With My Mother

I sat down with my Mom after Thanksgiving to talk about her perspective on the whole thing. The parents of comics have an interesting vantage point on our material. Plus, if you pay enough attention, you can learn what the “Boomers” are looking for comedy and why clean comedy can help you with that generation.

This interview was recorded in their home, on my phone. You may hear my step-father and husband chatting in the background. Maybe some noises from my kiddo, too. It’s an honest, kitchen table, conversation between mother and daughter. Enjoy!

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E14 – Chatting with Jessica Taylor

Jessica is a staple in the Bend comedy scene! We talk about her first open mic, advice for new comics and dating life! We were going to record this live, but the weather took a sh*t on Central Oregon. So, we are both cozy in our own homes!

You can find Jessica on Instagram at @therealjesstaylor!

Got a question for your comedy mom? E-mail us at comedymompodcast@gmail.com!

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E13 – Why Open Mics Are Important

It’s easy to start dismissing open mics when you’re getting “paid gigs.” Some people see open mics as only auditions for bookers. I am making a passionate case for why this is not true. All stage time is good stage time. Get all the stage time you can! Besides, you need to go see your Comedy Mom at least once a week. She misses you.

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E12 – Self Deprecating Humor: It’s A Good Thing

We are talking all about self deprecating humor. What it is, how it helps, and how to keep it from going too far. Using examples from her own material, Katy Ipock helps demystify writing jokes about yourself. Plus, Comedy Mom gets a little passionate at the end talking about the true purpose in the world as stand up comedians.

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E11 – What You Should Record Every Set

When sports teams want to get better the coach sits them down and makes them watch game footage. Watching yourself play is the best way to see what your doing and where you can improve. Comedy is exactly the same way. The best way to see where you can get better as a performer is to watch (or listen) to your sets. Truly and honestly analyzing your sets will help you grow your talent and skills. Seriously. Record every set.