Matt Ruby of Schtick or Treat (Seeso) on recording his comedy album, life as a comedian, and how to get people to notice you

Matt Ruby is a touring comedian based in New York City and is the creator of Vooza. His newly released album Hot Flashes (top 10 on iTunes) is available now. 

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my dumb thoughts on comedy festivals – Patrick Hastie

Comedy festivals are huge right now. They got ‘em everywhere. Pretty much any city with a scene has its own festival. In my home state of Iowa there are 5 different comedy festivals right now. I’ve never done the *big* ones like Bridgetown, JFL or Edinburgh, but I have done a bunch of the smaller ones. Here are some of my dumb thoughts…

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what i learned from seeing Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Thank God For Jokes’ three times

This is a re-post from stumelton.com. the original article was published almost exactly a year ago. Thank God For Jokes is live today on Netflix…watch it! I also saw one of his Netflix special tapings and if you’re curious about what that was like, check out How You Can Make A Successful Netflix Stand Up Comedy Special Just Like Mike Birbiglia.

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how you can make a successful Netflix stand up comedy special just like Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia’s new special Thank God For Jokes is out today on Netflix! If you’re a comedian there’s no way you’re NOT trying to get your own Netflix special one day. Who wouldn’t want a way to stream their jokes to an audience of millions? However, the steps up to that point seem so abstract… “I know I deserve it, but how could Netflix want to work with a dumb small-time comedian like me?” you ask. “I’ve never ever even been on TV!” That’s why I’m breaking down Mike Birbiglia’s achievement step-by-step to ensure that, one day, you’ll accomplish your own destiny of Netflix stardom.

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getting booked Mad Libs

Every comedian is trying to get booked these days, so it’s hard for us to stand out in the crowd. Getting booked is tough. But, if you just think a little differently, you can really capitalize on your colleagues’ lack of creativity and get yourself on more shows. Just fill out this sheet and stick it inside the notebooks of all your favorite comedy show producers and watch as the bookings start to roll in!

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a made up story about the time Bill Burr said i was an inspiration and then did completely consensual submissive mouth sex to me – Alex Ptak

People are going to say this story isn’t true, only because it is fake. They are going to say “Alex is just trying to be funny” or “Alex has a tumor in his brain that makes him lie to the public.” When you get right down to it, why can’t we both be right? Cannot a lie be the most true? Would that be crazy?

Yes.

Anyway, here is a fabrication where a comedy legend tells me I am great and then puts his damp mouth-barn around my squealing flesh-hog.
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how to network in comedy from a real pro – Alex Ptak

Illustration by Rachel Lenihan

Alex Ptak is a top talent man for KRB Talent Empire. He has done many big deals with top comedy talents like Geraldo Rivera and the Rivera Family Band. He is also currently represented by ACA as a Networking Star.

Before leaving to work as talent man at KRB, Alex worked on a steam boat where he quickly rose to the top by networking. After many years of hard work on the poop deck, Alex became a famous stand up comedian in only 3 weeks. He is now ready to pass his show business lessons on to you.

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what the 10,000 hours rule really means: taking lessons in stand up comedy from a nerdy Swedish guy instead of Malcolm Gladwell

My roommate Matt, like me, is a stand up comic. So, when one of us decides to take a night off, the other always tries to inspire some action: “Why don’t we go out and do some open mics?! You need to write more!” Matt always boils it down to: “You’ve gotta get your 10,000 hours, man!” I’ve probably heard Matt say that phrase 10,000 times. He’s really good at it. 

I was listening to a rebroadcast of a Freakonomics Radio episode called “How To Be Great At Just About Anything,” when the guy who came up with the 10,000 hour rule started explaining what it’s all about. And it got me thinking. What does 10,000 hours really mean? In the stand up community, the idea of “10,000 hours” is thrown around like crazy, but does anybody ACTUALLY know what it means? Yeah, 10,000 hours is a number.. .but do you magically become Louis C.K. after you’ve been on stage for that much time? Does it only matter how much time you’re on stage, or does writing count, too? Are you meant to keep track of how many hours you’re doing? Or is it just a big number to use for inspiration? Is it even physically possible?

When we boil it all down, “10,000 hours” really amounts to a buzz word that’s lost a lot of it’s meaning. So this is an attempt to get some real, concrete answers about what it means to get your 10,000 hours in comedy. Starting here:

You ask anybody who came up with the 10,000 hours rule and they’ll say “Malcolm Gladwell.” But they’re dead wrong. Which is why I’d rather take a lesson in stand up comedy from a nerdy Swedish guy named Anders Ericsson. Wait.. .who?

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here’s a Twitter list of 150+ comedy festivals if you want updates on submissions

Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of festivals (mostly in the U.S.) to submit to! I thought it might be helpful if you’re looking to submit videos. If you’re active on Twitter and very forgetful like I am, they’ll literally remind you to submit whenever their deadlines are coming up. If you don’t know how lists work, subscribing won’t make a million Tweets pop up in your feed; it just means that you can click on the list here and there to see what’s up. You can also click on the “members” if you just want to see a straight up list of all the festivals.

Couple other things:

  • This list only includes whatever festivals I could find on Twitter
  • These are only the comedy festivals with their own Twitter page (some festivals are tied to personal accounts or venues – those aren’t on here)
  • These are mostly stand up festivals/festivals where I know there’s stand up. A few are sketch, writing, improv, podcast, etc.
  • Nearly all of these allow submissions, except for some of the really big ones which I included for fun

If you run/know of a festival I can add, please let me know if I missed it!

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