A weekly journey into the world of bookers, producers, decision-makers, and talent about the art of saying yes and no. Plus: other stuff! Hosted by Jamie Flam, Artistic Director of The Hollywood Improv.
What is a gatekeeper? What is this podcast all about? Artistic Director/Booker of The Hollywood Improv, Jamie Flam, lays it all out. Plus: Awesome sound effects!
Adam Eget (Comedy Store Talent Coordinator) and Jamie discuss/vent about the politics of comedy club booking, dealing with the scourge of entitlement, and the rewards and challenges of booking two historic comedy venues. Plus: Ghosts!
Zoe Friedman (Letterman, Comedy Central, Blue Ribbon Content) and Jamie discuss late night booking, comedian development, the art of TV pitching, and the very thin line between persistence and annoyance. Plus: Other Stuff!
Troy Conrad (Producer, Set List) and Jamie discuss the art of being professionally pushy, the poison of entitlement, and being the comic you’d want to book. Plus: Ruckus Making!
Brent Forrester (Mr. Show, The Ben Stiller Show, The Office, The Simpsons, Love) and Jamie discuss comedy as spiritual conquest, the balance of happiness, and the how to create your own writer’s room. Plus: Talkers Block!
Eric Abrams (Comedy Central) and Jamie discuss the journey from club booker to network development to independent producer and all the rewards and challenges therein. Plus: Weirdness!
Janet Varney (Burning Love, The Legend of Korra, The JV Club) and Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture Podcast, Rifftrax) talk with Jamie about starting SF Sketchfest, what they look for when booking the festival, and making your own opportunities. Plus: Homemade sound effects
Todd Glass (Stand up, 'The Todd Glass Show' Podcast) and Jamie discuss the minute details of creating the best possible comedy experience, the importance of evolving as an artist, and doing comedy until you’re dead. Plus: Jazz!
Bart Coleman (@midnight, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The UCB Show) and Jamie discuss what he looks for when booking talent, how to craft the perfect late night set, and why being fearless (even with social media) can have a positive impact on your career. Plus: A talking emoji?!
Graham Elwood & Chris Mancini (LA Podfest, Comedy Film Nerds) and Jamie discuss gatekeeping in the world of podcasting, the nitty gritty of producing a successful annual festival, and how to use crowd funding and other resources to fund your creative pursuits. Plus: Adbot is back!