Monday, October 15, 2018

#152 - Tamra Goins | Agents vs. Managers, Business Protocol for Comics, Taping a TV Reel



Tamra Goins is one of comedy's most powerful players titled the Head of Comedy at Innovative Artists in LA. This is her first podcast and she holds nothing back in this business masterclass all comics should hear. Takes notes and share the knowledge.

Must Hear Moments:
  • Top comic business mistakes
  • Getting a business LLC
  • Why or why not you need an agent
  • When it's time to get an agent
  • The difference between agents and managers
  • How to tape a TV reel
  • Creating your goals in comedy
  • The value of social media followers
  • The value of living in LA instead of your hometown
  • Being more than just funny in show business
Quotable Quotes:

"The agent relationship is very transactional. A manager's relationship is more strategy" (7.30)
"It's not just about how many followers you have but how much engagement does each post get?" (11.20)
"Living in LA provides more valuable networking opportunities to happen that your hometown cant's provide." (12.50)
"Make sure if you don't have a website, your facebook page has all your information." (20.25)
"There's more things to just being funny. You have to bring the business too. It's show business." (22.05)

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Monday, October 8, 2018

#151 - Melanie Comarcho: Is Katt Williams Crazy? Touring with Martin Lawrence & Chris Tucker, How to Negotiate Your Rate



Melanie Comarcho does not do interviews, until now! Since her comedy career started way back in 1992, she has toured the world with comedy juggernauts like Katt Williams, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, and more. This rare interview profiles her comedic journey and reveals how she has maintained such a consistent tour schedule with these comedy legends.

Must Hear Moments:
  • Knowing your worth in comedy
  • How to negotiate a rate
  • Touring with Katt Williams, Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker
  • Going to Prince's house
  • How to sustain success for 20+ years
  • Staying humble
  • Comedy now vs. 20 years ago
  • Internet comedians
  • Working with Tiffany Haddish
  • The secret to success in comedy
Quotable Quotes:
"I'm more aggressive than most the agents I've had."
"Keep your mouth and legs closed."
"Katt Williams has the biggest heart ever."
"Stay humble!"
"Comedy used to be about who's the funniest but now it's who can put assess in the seats."

Melanie Comarcho's Social Media:
https://www.instagram.com/melaniecomarcho/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/melaniecomarcho?lang=en
https://www.facebook.com/melaniecomarcho



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Research Cited:
https://blackamericaweb.com/2015/02/10/melanie-comarcho-on-fearing-suge-knight-performing-at-the-tom-joyner-fantastic-voyage/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlEgdm_avmc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnvADzCci5c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV-PWOCDjWE
https://allthingscomedy.com/podcast/whats-up-fool/ep-34---comedian-melanie-comarcho/page/2

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

#150 - Ali Siddiq: Why You Suck at Comedy, Taping a Comedy Central Special, Comedy Gimmicks



Ali Siddiq is back for his second interview on Hot Breath! Podcast to share his experience taping a Comedy Central special in prison, comedy gimmicks and why the purity of comedy is fading.

Ali's first interview:
https://audioboom.com/posts/5548725-73-ali-siddiq-talks-starting-comedy-in-prison-social-media-beefs-storytelling-tips


Must Hear Moments:
  • Still being an underrated comic over 20 years in the game
  • The reality of the comedy business
  • Comedy's biggest illusions
  • The secret behind internet comedians
  • Why most comics suck at stand-up
  • How to attract to fans
  • Tips for storytelling on stage
  • Advice from legendary comics
  • The pressure of being a headliner
  • Joke thieves
Quotable Quotes
  1. "There are only 20 podcasts in the world I'll do."
  2. "I don't have a gimmick. I am a comic and I am fine with that."
  3. "I guarantee if you're doing a sitcom and stand-up, your stand-up sucks."
  4. "Comedy is about freedom. It's the last place for free speech."
  5. "I'm not chasing laughs from an audience. I refuse to dumb down my comedy for fame. I believe what's for me is going to come."
  6. "How funny you gonna be is determined by how honest you gonna be."


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Ali Siddiq's Behind These Bars Comedy Special:
http://www.cc.com/episodes/3o0ox9/stand-up-specials-ali-siddiq--it-s-bigger-than-these-bars-season-1-ep-101

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https://www.instagram.com/alisiddiq/
https://www.facebook.com/ali.siddiq.92/

Monday, September 24, 2018

#149 - Jeremiah Watkins: Comedy Store Stories, Moving to LA from Kansas, Why All Comics Should Learn Improv



After moving to LA from Kansas at the age of 20, Jeremiah Watkins has become one of the most influential players in the LA comedy network. I've been a fan of Jeremiah's since seeing him in action on the Roast Battle's wave a few years ago. He is hands down one of the most dynamic performers I have ever seen and breaks down how how he does it on this week's episode. Not only can he kill a stage but also runs some of the most popular shows at The Comedy Store.

Must Hear Moments:
  • Moving to LA from Kansas at age 20
  • Navigating the LA comedy scene
  • Training with Keegan Michael Key at Second City
  • Making comedy a full-time job
  • The real hustle of comedy
  • Bombing in front of friends
  • Comedy Store stories
  • Celebrity personality traits
  • How to create characters live on stage
  • Why all comics should learn improv
Quotable Quotes
"I never thought I'd get upset to be bumped by Dave Chappelle."
"Jeff Ross always says three words, enjoy the process."
"Not having an ego pays off."
"I remember Keegan Michael Key telling me about pitching Key & Peele to Comedy Central."
"Coming from Kansas, I thought you had to be 21 to do stand-up comedy."

Jeremiah's Website:
http://www.jeremiahwatkins.tv/
Jeremiah's Podcast:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jeremiah-wonders/id1332244128?mt=2
Jeremiah's Music:
https://www.reganandwatkins.com/

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Research Cited:
https://www.thecrabfeast.com/2016/02/08/the-crabfeast-194-jeremiah-watkins/
https://soundcloud.com/theponyhour/jeremiah-mixdown
https://www.mindpodnetwork.com/tao-comedy-44-jeremiah-watkins/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWWUJX517g8
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sit-down-with-stand-ups/id1036619440?mt=2

Monday, September 17, 2018

#148 - Sean Patton: Storytelling Secrets, Improvising on Stage, Louis CK Controversy



Sean Patton is one of comedy's most unique talents. I have seen him perform live four times and not a single set has been the same. He breaks down his technique behind improvising on stage and how you can do the same. There is also an in-depth discussion on the power of silence on stage and a storytelling breakdown that has forever changed the way I perform comedy. This is one of those Hot Breathisodes you'll have to hear multiple times to digest.

Must Hear Moments:
  • The Storytelling Treehouse technique
  • Navigating the comedy business
  • Taping for Comedy Central
  • Advice from Bill Burr
  • Comedy writing tips
  • OCD Tips
  • How to improvise on stage
  • The power of silence in comedy
  • Loving Atlanta comedy
  • Louis CK
Quotable Quotes

"I feel like I'm lying on stage if I do the same thing every time."
"In order for a story to grow, it has to be planted in truth."
"Your jokes fit together like Lego blocks."
"Bill Burr told me he's blown away at how I comfortable I am with silence."
"Louis CK must talk about what he's done and why it was wrong."


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Research Cited:
The Laugh Button: Comedy.Covered
https://thelaughbutton.com/sean-patton/interview-four-nights-road-sean-patton/
The CrabFeast with Ryan Sickler and Jay Larson:
https://www.thecrabfeast.com/2014/02/25/crabfeast-episode-93-sean-patton/
Beyond the Joke: The Lowdown on Stand-Up Comedy from Bruce Dessau
https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/4194/interview-rarely-asked-questions-sean-patton

Monday, September 10, 2018

#147 - Samm Severin: How to Record a Comedy Album, Balancing OCD with Comedy, Drugs and Creativity



Samm Severin is an Atlanta favorite that just recorded her first comedy album called "Stoned and Sad." She breaks down how comics can record their own albums from start to finish. There are also a lot of insightful stories about her battles with sobriety and how her OCD is connected. This is one of a kind interview with a one of a kind comic. Enjoy!

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#146 - Marvin Hunter Shares Stories of Working with Kevin Hart, Doing Comedy in the Navy, Taping a Comedy Central Special,+ MORE



Marvin Hunter just taped his second appearance on Comedy Central with his Half Hour special on Kevin Hart's Next Level show. He didn't start comedy until he was 30 but has found fast success after paying his dues on the road. This interview provides veteran insights from a comic that has earned his success the hard way.

Must Hear Moments:
  • The first jokes he said on stage   
  • Starting comedy in the Navy
  • Hilarious road stories
  • Doing comedy in strip clubs
  • Growing up black in Mississippi
  • Working with Kevin Hart
  • How he booked Comedy Central
  • Opening up for Katt Williams
  • Going on tour with Rickey Smiley
  • Young comic mistakes
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