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Next Stand-Up at Flappers Comedy Club on April 24th

flappersStand-up comedy is the most condensed form of all comedy, and for the really good comics, it’s simply a conversation with the audience. A really funny one at that.

Over the past six weeks and on the heels of our 150th episode of Tola Talks, I’ve been studying this rather frightening art form – for most entertainers, that’s for sure – and honed my skills at writing stand-up as well as performing in front of a large crowd…twice at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. On my first attempt I “didn’t bomb” as one friend so eloquently put it. On my second attempt I definitely heard some roaring laughter and felt the exhilarating rush comics feel when the room gets going. I can see how stand-up comedy can be frighteningly addicting. Albeit, very challenging, to say the least.

With concepts like attitude, topic, premise, act-out, mix, turn, set-up, and punch, not to mention there’s no one up on stage to help you do anything, stand-up is hard. Whatever that means. But it’s also super gratifying when you get it right, i.,e, make people laugh. Or as legend Whoopi Goldberg once said, make them laugh and think. Because good comedy is not just funny, it’s also insightful about something everyone can relate to. Or should be, if you want laughs.

They say the third time’s the charm, so come check me out next Friday, April 24th at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank – we’re in the YooHoo Room from 9:30-11p. Should be a blast! – R

Tola Talks the Finale (for now), Louis C.K. & Black Sails

After 150 shows, Tola Talks is sailing off into the sunset just like the cast of the Starz original, Black Sails. Well, not exactly, but check-out our finale (for now), plus a few quick stories about Louis C.K., the new Ford Lincoln Continental, Americans making, saving and spending less, and the new host of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, South African stand-up comedian, Trevor Noah.

Watch on youtube.com/tolatalks

Tola Talks Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Check-out the Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! Plus, a celebrity shout-out to Justin Bieber (for growing up) and the courageous passengers of the United Airlines flight from Washington DC to Denver who stopped a crazy man from entering the cockpit…kudos!

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and all social: @richtola

Tola Talks Lose 3 Pounds in 3 Days – Guaranteed

Tola Talks about how anybody can lose a few pounds in a few days…check-it out, and check-out the latest on my first Stand-up show this month at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA. Plus a quick get well (and get back in the air) celebrity shout-out to Harrison Ford.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks

Tola Talks Alaska Goes to Pot & the ‘Kingsman’

Tola Talks a reversal of fortune with the Get Your S#!T Together Award, because Alaska has its S#!T together as the 3rd state in the US to legalize marijuana. Plus, check-out Tola’s Top 10 Reasons to Go to the Movies. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and all Social: @richtola

Tola Talks Ice Ice Baby & Happy New Year of the Goat

Tola Talks about Ben Affleck’s manhood (revealed), Vanilla Ice’s burglary, the Chinese New Year and predictions (not great) for those born in the Year of the Goat. Plus, it’s TBT so we’re taking you back 50 years and comparing the world in 1965 to what’s happening today.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. Also on all social: @richtola

Tola Talks Road Rage, Unhealthy Lunches & Selena Gomez

Tola Talks WTF Wednesday stories around the world where everyone wins the Get Your S#!T Together Award…including the US for giving our school kids the unhealthiest lunches on the planet (close to it). Plus a shout-out to Selena Gomez for going topless in V Magazine.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. Social: @richtola