On the “Bone, Thugs & Comedy” episode of the podcast, Jordan Cooper, Josh Spector, Chelcie Rice and Josh Homer discuss the recent speech by Patton Oswalt at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. In his two “letters”, we highlight why this is a big transition point in the comedy industry, the positives as well as the ramifications of such shifts, and ask whether established comedians and early adopters are the only ones truly benefiting from these new opportunities.
In addition, we get into a lengthy conversation making parallels between the comedy business and the hip-hop industry, what comedians can learn from rappers, and why becoming the platform may be more financially rewarding than operating solo. Taking some questions from the community, we also discuss the considerations when deciding to move locales for your comedy career, whether or not Twitter follower counts matter to the industry and why most questions comedians ask are really about validation.
Looking to take your online presence and marketing as a comedian to the next level? Josh highlights his upcoming Connected Comedy School class at the end of the show. It starts August 6th, so register right now before all spots are filled up!
Links from this episode:
Patton Oswalt’s “two letters” as presented at Just For Laughs [Third Beat]
Kevin Smith’s Secrets To A Successful Life [Connected Comedy]
Patton Oswalt – Wikipedia
WTF Podcast w/ Marc Maron – Episode 300
Fueling the tech boom and learning from hip-hop [CNET]
The Wu-Tang Marketing Plan [Mental Floss]
Refollow – Twitter Relationship Manager