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The Business of Comedy with Tom Simes
14 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
052 Joe Lowers
Host Tom Simes talks to Joe Lowers, the CEO of the World Series of Comedy.
20 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
051 Casey Currier / Hillary Hutson
Host Tom Simes sits down with Casey Currier and Hillary Hutson. They're the owners of Mic Drop Comedy in San Diego. Casey is the fomer manager of Stand Up Live and the Tempe Improv and Hillary is the producer of the Big Pine Comedy Festival. They discuss how things are going after opening 5 months ago.
22 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
050 Mark Masters
Host Tom Simes talks to Denver comedian Mark Masters. Mark took off a week from work, packed up his car and went on the road performing comedy. He explains how he set it all up, breaks down the income and expenses, and takes along on the adventure.
80 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
049 Hosting In Clubs
A hosting workshop given at Stir Crazy Comedy Club followed by a chat about hosting with veteran comedian and actor Mark Cohen. Mark's the house emcee at the Comedy Cellar in Las Vegas.
35 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
048 Barry Katz
Host Tom Simes talks to legendary agent, club owner, producer Barry Katz. They discuss the current state of the comedy business and many other things.
61 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
047 Matt Komen
Host Tom Simes sits down with Matt Komen. Matt is a partner and talent booker for Stand Up Live, CB Live and the Tempe Improv in Arizona, and the Improvs in Dania Beach, Miami and Palm Beach in Florida. The wide-ranging conversation covers booking, the differences between big clubs with big name acts versus smaller clubs, the challenges of running a club and filling seats, and the need for comedians to use social media to break through and create fans.
52 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
046 Booking Emails
Host Tom Simes breaks format a bit to discuss booking emails. We hear from Danielle Alfano from the Comedy Catch, Jenny Canfield from Laughs Unlimited, Dustin Kaufman from the Comedy Club of Kansas City, Hillary Hutson from Mic Drop Comedy, and Barry Neal of Entertainment Max.
14 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
045 Jann Karam
Host Tom Simes chats with actor/comedian/writer Jann Karam about her appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and on 'Seinfeld' playing Jerry's girlfriend Sandi in the season 6 episode 'The Switch'.
26 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
044 Susan Thompson
Host Tom Simes talks to Susan Thompson about booking comedians. Susan is the support talent booker for the House of Comedy in Vancouver, BC and is responsible for talent networking/coordinating for William Hirsch Entertainment.
15 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
043 Jack Assadourian Jr
Host Tom Simes talks with comedian Jack Assadourian Jr. whose parents own the HaHa Comedy Club in North Hollywood. Jack talks about his experience growing up in the business and deciding to becoming a comedian.
25 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
042 Thai Rivera
Host Tom Simes sits down with comedian Thai Rivera about how his outspokenness on social media impacts his career.
35 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
041 Dave Burleigh
Host Tom Simes chats with comedian/impressionist Dave Burleigh about impressions and his experience on America's Got Talent.
25 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
040 Byron Kennedy
Host Tom Simes sits down with comedian Byron Kennedy to learn about the inner workings of his record/development deal.
32 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
039 Willie Barcena / Quinn Dahle
Host Tom Simes sits down with comedians Willie Barcena and Quinn Dahle to discuss green room etiquette.
24 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
038 Jackie Kashian
Host Tom Simes sits down with comedian Jackie Kashian to discuss the opportunities and the economics of streaming your stand up online.
59 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
037 Craig Gass
Host Tom Simes sits down with comedian/impressionist/actor Craig Gass for a free-wheeling conversation about impressions, stories about his time on The Howard Stern Show and The Family Guy, and all sorts of adventures.
23 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
036 Kirsten Alvarado Valkingburg
Host Tom Simes talks to Kirsten Alvarado Valkingburg about her career as a producer in the comedy business, comedy for television and how comedy has changed over the years.
2 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
The Business of Comedy Update
A quick update on the status of the podcast
30 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
035 Brian Kiley
Host Tom Simes sits down with writer/comedian Brian Kiley about his long career writing for Conan O'Brien
14 minutes | May 18, 2020
034 Dan Schlissel
Host Tom Simes talks to Dan Schlissel, owner of Stand Up! Records about the comedy album business.
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