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How to Start Your Career in Comedy: A Guide for College Students

So you want to work in comedy when you grow up?

First of all, I'm really glad you’ve started reading Splitsider. You already know the first step of building a comedy career: learn as much as you can about the industry.

Second of all, are you reading this during class? Because you should seriously be paying attention to your professor, underpaid adjunct faculty member, and/or TA. The article will still be waiting when class is over.

If you want a career in comedy, you’re probably wondering what you can do to get from Point A: Where You Are Now, No Comedy Career, to Point B: Amazing Comedy Career, Life Dreams [...]

Bob Odenkirk's Advice to Aspiring Comedy Writers: "Don't Ever Look at What's Happening Now"

"But I honestly would tell anyone young to start looking at stories and learning story, because I think that’s the next step after people go, 'OK, I've had enough of that improvisation, I've had enough of those short comedy bits. Tell me a story, tell me a more complex story, something that lasts and maybe has a little more meaning to it.' Don’t ever look at what's happening now; look at what's coming next."

- Bob Odenkirk advises aspiring comedy writers to look beyond today's sketch show boom — which he says is "about to collapse" — in a new interview with Salon.

Jimmy Fallon Offers Some Solid Advice on Fear and Bombing in Standup

Here's a Tonight Show web extra featuring Jimmy Fallon answering a fan's question about bombing and being scared back when he started out as a standup, including a fun story about a time he bombed with a Catskills resort audience that included his grandfather/ride home.

'30 Rock's John Lutz Has Some Solid Advice for Young Improvisers

SNL writer and 30 Rock punching bag John Lutz wrote a piece for the Second City Network called "10 Things to Know About Life After The Second City." It's full of good advice for improvisers like "be patient," "don't hold grudges," and "if you own a pair of Skechers, throw them out," all of which double as good advice for regular people too.

Things to Consider When Submitting to Write For a Late Night Show

This piece was originally published on SaraSchaefer.com. It's republished here with permission.

This past fall, I had the amazing privilege of hiring a writing staff for my upcoming TV show, Nikki & Sara Live. I was flattered and honored when hundreds of people applied. It was a super fun experience, but it was also an incredibly illuminating one. Reading so many packets made a couple of things very very clear: there are some really easy, basic things you can do to improve your chances of getting a job writing for TV. Before I give you those tips, however, I want to give a little context.

I think that [...]

Paul Reubens Gives Some Unqualified Advice for 'The Tonight Show'

Recent Tonight Show guest Paul Reubens sat down for the latest installment of "Unqualified Advice," where he offers up tons of tips for convenient vacation spots, appropriate birthday party venues for 40-year-olds, and a very Pee-wee's Playhouse-style Halloween costume suggestion.

Stephen Colbert Gives Some Grownup Advice to Girls for 'Rookie'

Rookie's ongoing series "Ask a Grown Man" has already offered up plenty of great advice from comedy people like Danny Pudi, Kumail Nanjiani, Judd Apatow, and Jimmy Fallon, and this week they returned with a brand new installment with none other than Stephen T. Colbert, who doles out thoughtful advice on sex, relationships, crushes, and what to do when a teenage boy acts like a misogynistic jerk. It's a cool look at less Stephen Colbert the TV show host and more Stephen Colbert the real-life father.

Read Advice Louis C.K. Gave to an 18-Year-Old Standup in 2005

C.J. Toledano, a standup and former writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Onion News Network, wrote a piece for the Chicago comedy journal The Steamroller about getting some advice on standup from Louis C.K. nearly a decade ago.

At the time, Toledano was an 18-year-old dipping his toes into the comedy world and Louis C.K. was a comic and TV writer who was getting ready for his first starring role in HBO's Lucky Louie. Both Toledano and C.K. frequented the same Google Newsgroup, alt.comedy.standup (which is currently flooded with crazy spam), and Toledano wrote C.K. an email asking for comedy advice. Here's part of C.K.'s [...]

Ari Shaffir Has Four Hours of Advice for Young Comedians

Stand-up Ari Shaffir delivered this nearly four-hour-long lecture, chock full of helpful advice for up and coming comics, onstage at The Comedy Store earlier this month and it's well-worth listening to despite its considerable length.

David O. Russell Has Some Good Advice for Young Writers

"There's nothing like being in debt to make you work. My best work came since I've been in debt. The thing about being humbled or stumbling or being in debt is that it makes you cut out the nonsense and just get to it, Jack. Just tell your story. Don't be precious about it. Make it count. Make it emotional. And mean it. Really mean it. Don't get too cerebral about it. Don't think about it too much. Those are all the traps for me."

- Writer/director David O. Russell, an expert on telling people what to do, giving advice to aspiring writers in The LA Times.

John Mulaney Offers Some Relationship Advice for 'Rookie'

In the latest installment of their ongoing series "Ask a Grown Man," Rookie recently asked John Mulaney to field questions about playing hard to get, breaking up for the first time, unnecessary apologies, and acting awkward around crushes, which Mulaney claims to have tons of experience with: "Look, if he likes you and he can tell that you like him, then it's fine. If he can tell you like him and he doesn't like you back, it's not because of the way you're acting, it's just because he happens to not like you."

Ask the Existentially Troubled Housekeeping Expert, by Luke Burns

It feels like no matter how hard I work, I just can’t get the dining room to stay clean. Do you have any strategies that might help me stay on top of the mess?

—A.I., Oswego, NY

It sounds like your real struggle is not with the breadcrumbs on the floor, or the jelly stuck to the tablecloth, but with entropy itself! Your messy dining area is just one sign of the inexorable decay that will only end with the heat death of the universe. Here’s a hint: Try to avoid realizing that in the grand scheme of things, all struggles are pointless — especially your attempts to keep [...]

So Your Car Broke Down on a Family Trip…What's Next? by James Folta

1) Don't Panic The most important thing is to remain calm. You probably want to pound the dashboard until your knuckles are raw and bloody and make insane deals with gods you've never believed in. But before you promise a portrait in blood to Isis, try taking a deep breath. Hold it in until reality starts to fade away and then exhale. Don't let feelings of terror set in; they'll only alarm your family and lead you to make worse decisions.

2) Turn Your Car Off It sounds obvious, but people often forget about this one. If there are any problems with the engine, you can avoid causing further [...]

The Complete Guide to Everything: Tim & Tom Solve Your Friend-Making, Friend-Ending and DVD Lending Problems

Tim starts off by promising this will be an all karaoke episode but quickly loses interest and begins discussing the harmonies in Neil Young songs at detail instead. Instead the guys decide to do an all Tim and Tom Solve Your Problems to officially open the gates for listeners to send in their problems for the upcoming New York City and European shows in March. The first problem is a follow-up from Terrence, who previously wrote in to complain about not being able to attract girls as easily now that he works for a non-profit. Now he wants to know how to make friends as a single man [...]