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3 Tips For Comedy Writers – with late-night television writer Dicky Eagan

When it comes to writing for late-night, Dicky Eagan knows what it takes.  In this video, the head writer of “Last Call with Carson Daly,” who has also written for “Lopez Tonight,” “The Wayne Brady Show” and many others, gives away 3 powerful secrets to having a successful career in comedy, in writing and in any part of the entertainment field.

Tip #1) Surround yourself with people who are good at what you do.  

If you want to get better, then hang around people who are even better than you are at your chosen field – they will challenge you and as a result, you will improve.

Tip #2) Get specific with your goals.  

Don’t just say “I want to be a writer.” Imagine and envision exactly what person, project or show you want to write for. When things get hard your ability to focus on your original goal will help get you through the tough times.

Tip #3) Be great to work with. 

This is a tip that all of our most successful guests seem to say. No matter how talented you are, no one wants to work with a jerk. Get your attitude and ego in check, so that you will be the one that everyone wants to work with.

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Comedy: Fortune Feimster

“Chelsea Lately” Star’s Success-Secrets

4 years ago, Fortune Feimster had never been on TV.  She was working a day job and doing standup and improv casually for fun.  Then, 6 months after auditioning for “Last Comic Standing”, she was delighting audiences as a writer, performer, and round-table guest on E!’s hit show “Chelsea Lately”. From “2 Broke Girls” to Read the Rest…

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“Breaking Bad” and “Argo” Star Bryan Cranston’s Key to Success

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How to Be Funny

Here it is in a nutshell: almost every time you make someone laugh- you are surprising them. You are causing their mind to make a different association than it normally would. And the reward for playing this trick on their brain, for momentarily confusing their mind, is laughter. In this article, I’m going to show Read the Rest…

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How to become a Recurring Character on TV

How to become a recurring character on Television: An interview with Jennifer Hall

Everyone wants to become a “regular” on any show or series that they’re a part of.  But how do you make the leap?  How do you take a small part and parlay it into a starring role? Actress Jennifer Hall was on her way to San Francisco, to quit acting, when she got a call Read the Rest…

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Mic Technique

Microphone Technique for Speakers, Performers and Entertainers

At some point in your life, you either have been, or will be, called upon to deliver a speech using a microphone – but do you know the fundamentals of how these devices work? Watch the video to get a nuanced look on how to make the most of your time at the mic. Here Read the Rest…

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Director Jay Roach

Emmy-winning Austin Powers director Jay Roach on Comedy and Directing

Here are some lessons derived from Gerry Katzman’s ( interview with director Jay Roach (“Meet The Parents”, “Campaign”, “Austin Powers”) Lesson #1 – Everyone is afraid. Just because someone can successfully direct Zach Galifianakis, Mike Myers and Will Ferrel doesn’t mean he has faith in his own comedic ability.  Says Roach: “I’m not funny… When Read the Rest…

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