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29 Things Comedians Should Check Out This Week

May 13, 2012

I recently launched a free Connected Comedy Daily email through which I send comedians links to comedy business-related articles and videos I think you’ll find helpful. You can signup to get the emails here, and to give you an idea of what you’ll get, here’s some samples of what I shared this week:

How To Get More People To Follow You On Twitter When You Ask Them (This article is from 2009, but it’s pretty interesting to see what a difference a couple words can make)

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” (Some interesting thoughts about originality here)

Maria Bamford Discusses How She Developed Her Career

Aziz Ansari Talks About His Approach To His Latest Special

Why Comedians Are Going To Have To Raise The Bar To Overcome The Competition

13 Things You Shouldn’t Do If You’re Trying To Build A Fanbase

This Week In Comedy Podcasts

How Louis C.K. Got Fired From Pootie Tang

Howard Stern’s Interview With Sacha Baron Cohen (Full audio of the interview and a rare chance to hear Sasha out of character)

Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival Announces Its Lineup

Hannibal Buress Talks About What It’s Like To Work On 30 Rock

The Real Magic In What Aziz Ansari and Louis C.K. Have Done With Their Specials. (They’ve managed to retain control and still get TV distribution)

How To Get More Out Of Your Email List (Good tips about what to send, when to send it, and why)

20 Simple Ways to Boost Blog Subscribers (Some of these are obvious, but also too often overlooked)

The Tempe Improv Is Closing June 1 (Because it couldn’t handle the competition from a new club in town despite a two decade headstart in the market)

The Universal Comedy Flowchart (This is probably a little more accurate than it is helpful)

New Girl Creator Discusses Lessons Learned During The First Year Of Writing A TV Series

Content Is No Longer King. (This isn’t directly about comedy, but there’s lessons to be learned.)

A Look At The Open Mic Scene At The Comedy Store In Los Angeles

SXSW Panel Discusses How To Give Fans A Reason To Buy And Make Direct-to-Fan Work

How To Offer Free Album Downloads And Press Kits Via Dropbox & WordPress

Talking with the Sklar Brothers About Their New History Channel Show, Their Podcast, and the Evolution of Their Standup Process

Documentary about the Comedy Moshpit, a stand up show in Muncie, Indiana

How to Be a Stand-Up According to a Pre-Famous Jerry Seinfeld

Holy F*ck! A Look at Standup Comedy With Dave Ross

Amazon.com now accepting your original comedy series pitches

Walking Through the History of ‘Between Two Ferns’ with Scott Aukerman

Jon Stewart interviews George Carlin in 1997

The 10 Most Satisfying Cases of Hecklers Getting Destroyed

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HELAINE WITT May 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

As a joke and comedy writer, stand up, support/joke-editor and emcee, I am looking forward to reading how Louis got fired from Pootie Tang and the other helpful articles = how to promote one’s comedy business on Twitter, etc…. I will print them out so I can digest it all!

Plenty to contribute to my career, so THANK YOU!

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