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Everything You Need To Know About Comedy Taught By The Best!

HOPE FLOOD

Professional Comedian| Actor, On-Air Personality | Writer | Publisher |Philanthropist


Comedy 101 

How to get gigs

How to call and negotiate your pay for gigs

How to get your own comedy room/night, Turning you into a business

Inexpensive legal representation 

Branding yourself into a business

Things you should be doing for your career everyday

Things you should have if you consider yourself in the business.

LUENELL

Original Bad Girl of Comedy | Actress | Comedienne 


Comics Rock Forum & Veteran Comedians Panel Host, Welcome from one of the Baddest Chicks in the Game. Then meet some of your favorite veteran comedians as they tell their stories and answer your questions about the comedy business and more. Then join Luenell for FACE 2 FACE showing you how to navigate through the business.

SHANG

Actor | Comedian |Activist


Social Media & More

Learn how to set up your social media sites

Get followers

Build your email list

 

TROY RAWLINGS

Stand Up Comedian | Radio Host


Radio Etiquette 101

How to crack open the mic

Brand yourself & be successful in radio Who are you?

Where are you taking your audience? Dead air

This is money

The evil ummm

Keep them listening

Make your guest shine & leave them wanting more!


SHAWN MICHAEL HOWARD

Actor | Voice Over Artist

Intro to Voice Overs


Shawn Michael Howard is an amazing actor originally from Newark, Jersey, who has created a name for himself in both Drama and Comedy work in Film and Television. Shawn is a graduate of New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (Theater/Acting).


He began his career working in Off-Broadway theater in Mac Wellman’s Crowbar, which won an Obie Award for Best Play. His first feature film role was opposite Tupac Shakur in Above the Rim. Shawn then moved to Hollywood and quickly landed a starring role in the film Sunset Park opposite Terrence Howard.In Los Angeles, Shawn is affiliated with Beverly Hills Playhouse/Milton Katselas’ Master Class, The Ruskin School (Meisner), and The Actors’ Gang.Shawn’s film work includes, Men of Honor, Boycott, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster. 


Television credits include series regular roles on the hit sitcom The Single Guy (NBC) and Eddie Murphy’s Award-winning claymation series The PJs (FOX and USA Network); recurring roles on Ally McBeal (FOX), The Practice (ABC), Martial Law (CBS), Nash Bridges (CBS); guest star appearances on critically acclaimed one-hour dramas NYPD Blue (ABC), Law & Order (NBC), 413 Hope St. (FOX), Jack & Jill (The WB), and comedic turns in sitcoms including Married with Children (FOX), Becker (CBS), Cupid (ABC), Smart Guy (The WB) and It’s Like, You Know… (ABC).Shawn’s layered performance as the loveable crackhead “Smokey” on the animated series The PJs garnered praise from critics and won fans around the globe. 



RODNEY PERRY

Comedian | Actor | Writer | Producer 


Improv: Never Deny Next Level


Rodney Perry has had the opportunity to learn the business of Comedy from some of the best. His first job in Hollywood was serving as writer/warm-up guy for Kym Whitley’s show “Oh Drama” on BET. Doors continued to open for Rodney as he got opportunities to serve as opening for the likes of George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, and Steve Harvey. The relationship that would prove to be the most poignant would be the one between Rodney and Mo’Nique.

 

Perry now calls Atlanta home. Rodney Perry’s Comedy career has given him many opportunities, from his work as Co-Host of the Mo’Nique Show to his starring role as Harold in “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family”. Even though Perry is becoming a sought after actor and host he is and always will be a comedian first. Currently, Rodney Perry is preparing to shoot his first comedy special for television entitled “Rodney Perry All The Way LIVE!”

 

ALYCIA COOPER

Comedienne | Writer | Podcast Host 


Podcast 101 


Alycia is a “Jill” of all trades and has written for the “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and punched up scripts for TV and film. She was also the first female audience “warm-up” person for such notable TV shows as “Girlfriends”, “Wanda At Large”, “The Tyra Banks Show” and most recently, the Emmy-nominated, CBS morning panel show, “The Talk”.

In May of 2004, Alycia was featured in Essence Magazine as “One To Watch” and that title still holds true today. With her 4th comedy album, ‘Alycia with a “y”’ receiving rave reviews, quickly climbing the ITunes chart, and streaming on her very own Pandora Station, it’s quite clear that Alycia and her comic genius are here to stay.


ANTAVIUS WEEMS

Super Lawyer | Nation's Best Advocate


Ask The Attorney


Come get all your legal questions answered set up your business correctly learn the different types of corporations and which one is best for you.

 

Antavius Weems, named one of the “Nations Best Advocates” and a “Super Lawyer”, is from Atlanta, Georgia.  Antavius is the managing partner of The Weems Firm, PC, specializing in entertainment law and high profile civil litigation.ntavius has built a strong reputation in the Nation as an advocate for his clients, whether celebrity or not.  Beginning his legal career as a Prosecutor with the City of Atlanta, Antavius also served as a Child Advocate Attorney for Fulton County, spending more than four years fighting for the best interest of Georgia’s children in the State's largest Juvenile Court system before he founded The Weems Firm, PC.  Antavius is regularly called on to comment as a legal expert and has appeared on various major networks including ABC, CBS and Fox. Antavius is also a frequent legal expert and commentator on various radio programs.  Antavius has also frequently appeared in a recurring role as the Braxton family Attorney on the WEtv show, “Braxton Family Values”.  


Also a sought after speaker, author and lecturer, Antavius has written and published literary studies and articles on legal issues and social welfare topics, such as “An Exploratory study on the impact of self-esteem on youth between the ages 15-18.”  Antavius has served on the Board of Directors for several corporations, such as “Keeping my Kids” and “Georgia People TV”.  Antavius is a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University and Michigan State University College of Law, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Before being a Lawyer, Antavius was a Therapist, providing clinical Social Work to families and children.  A graduate of the Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, Antavius is passionate about the family and how to keep families healthy and whole.  As a philanthropist, Antavius frequently lends his name and resources to causes that are important to him, such as charities that impact domestic violence, children and single mothers. Antavius is also the founder of “My Brother’s Keeper”, a mentoring program for at-risk young men, who are paired with a male Attorney to serve as a positive role model. The program has been a great source of pride for Antavius. As an attorney, former prosecutor, child advocate, philanthropist, television personality, author and lecturer, Antavius is most proud of the title of family man

TINA GRAHAM

Talent Booker | Talent Producer 

 

Tina Graham has worked diligently for the last 25 years in urban comedy.  She began her career in comedy in 1989 by assisting in the development of the first Black owned Comedy Club.  “The Uptown Comedy Club” in Harlem, New York was the first place to feature and nurture up and coming urban comedy and musical talents.


Since then she has worked on many other shows including; Talent Executive, Fox “Uptown Comedy Club TV Show"; NBC’s “Showtime At The Apollo”; Talent Producer, “HBO SNAPS”; Consultant, “Bet Comicview 2001”; Talent Consultant, “Laffapalooza 1999”; and the world renown “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam” - Talent Associate, Producer and Talent Producer HBO’s P. Diddy presents “Bad Boys of Comedy”, Talent Producer  “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes” all 4 Seasons,2005 2009 - Associate Casting Director , “The Last Laugh” aka “C’Mon Man” Movie and currently Co-Host an Internet Talk Radio Show entitled “Legends & Laughter”, Tina Graham is currently Talent Producer of the Comedy Series “Comedy Underground” & Producer of the Documentary “The Uptown Comedy Club: The Birth of Hip Hop Comedy”. 


Tina has played a major role in launching the careers of Mike Epps, Flex Alexander, Tracy Morgan, Monique, Sommore, J.B. Smoove, Mike Blackson, Melanie Comarcho, Talent and many more.  Presently, she has been a pioneer in creating, packaging and presenting some of the most dynamic shows of our generation and has vowed to continue the trend of excellence by turning out the most sought after talent, ideas, and fresh, new concepts in urban comedy entertainment.

 

Tina Graham continues to book special events, television, films, Comedy Clubs, tours and colleges around the country.  Tina Graham, Inc. is her comedy firm that is a full service “one-stop-shop” for comedy casting, consulting, promotions and booking agency.  Her clients include:  The Improv – Miami, Fl (Urban Nights), The Improv West Palm Beach, Natural Life Entertainment, Jordan’s Comedy Club, Moca’s Comedy Lounge and  many more

LAMONT FERRELL

Comedian | Actor/Writer 


Sitcom Writing 101

This masters class will give you the tools on how to become a television sitcom writer.  Learn the A,B, C's of sitcom writing including story structure, the writing process, comedic timing and more!!

KENTE SCOTT

Comedian | Actor/Writer 


Kentegious Komedy Punch-Up Session

In the Punch-up Session, the comics will perform two to three new jokes (or still in development) like they would onstage. Afterwards,veteran comedian, Kente Scott, will let them know if the joke's premise has potential and then punch up the funny in the jokes to get them stage ready.

KENNY WILLIAMS

Comedian | Writer 


Comedy Clinic 101 

The Comedy Clinic will be a workshop designed to develop and improve comedic skills for the beginner, intermediate, or veteran comic. The Comedy workshops is to help the student understand Stand Up Comedy and to help to develop their funny. The Comedy workshops will address: Stage Fear, Bombing, Set Development, Writing, Stage presence, and The Business of Comedy. The goals are to help you develop a 5-7 minute set & to get you ready not just for the comedy club but any setting: Colleges, Churches, Military Bases, Private Parties & Yes Correctional Facilities(Jail). 

DWAYNE COLBERT

Actor | Sketch Comedy | Improv Coach


Sketch Comedy


Dwayne Colbert is a graduate of Second City Hollywood's Improv, Sketch Writing, Longform and Directing Programs. He has been a writer for Nickelodeon, and has toured with The Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. He's appeared on Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project, Tosh.0, and in numerous national commercials. Dwayne recently wrote and directed the musical comedy "Afros & Ass Whoopins," which is currently running at Second City in Hollywood, and he regularly performs as a member of the Nerdist School house improv team, Saga. Please follow his nonsensical tweets @justlikestephen.

BELYNDA CLEARE

Comedienne | Mental Health Counselor


"MENTALLY YOURS"

Get the info you need to be mentally stable.

Belynda is a multi-talented individual and she has been entertaining and making people laugh most of her life. Originally from a small rural community in Nova ScotiaCanada, her comedy material is based on a hilarious blend of stories from her outrageous family, her unique childhood in Canada, her exciting role as a mother, and her extraordinary understanding of human nature.  Belynda performs at Corporate Events, Private Parties, and Fundraisers and in the most prominent Comedy Clubs and Colleges, throughout Canada and the US. Belynda utilized her theatrical background when she wrote, directed, produced and starred in her own stage play “STAYING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF SANITY, DIARY OF A DIRT ROAD DIVA!”, this one woman show debuted in the  2012Wilmington Fringe Festival. The show was a huge success,Belynda performed to sell out audiences each night, returning for the 2013 and 2014 Fringe festival as well as invited to perform in theatrical venues nationwide.Belyndahas been touring with her show various US and Canadian cities.Belynda has mastered the ability to merge her love of making people laugh with her commitment to helping others discover their true passion and live their ultimate life. Her comedic interpretation is based on an observation of people and life delivered in a wild, intellectual, and hysterical style.  She has utilized her background in Psychology, being a Mental Health advocate  and work as a Counselor to become a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, making her a highly sought after comic, speaker and consultant with her primary focus being Wellness through Mind, Body and Spirit. Belynda is determined to enlighten and inspire the world either through laughter, motivation or Education.

MIKE POINTER

Writer | Commercials Acting Coach

"Hey I Saw Your Commercial"


Booking Coach Mike Pointer of Hey, I Saw Your Commercial! Has helped thousands of actors over the last 15 years book hundreds of national television commercials as well as television and film work. Coach Mike, a successful commercial actor for over 25 years himself,  teaches outstanding, cutting edge strategies that has helped hundreds of actors quit their day jobs, and build a successful career in TV commercials. Coach Mike’s powerful on-camera techniques and outstanding business strategies has set a new standard and approach that other commercial workshop coaches have feverishly tried to imitate. These classes are highly recommended by top agencies such as Commercial Talent, Commercials Unlimited, The Pantheon Agency, First Class Talent Agency, Top Managers, and Casting Directors that also teach classes! Mike Pointer has also operated a talent management division over the last 4 years for select actors Hey, I Saw Your Commercial Talent Management and will soon launch a talent search web division for his actors called Actors On Demand in 2015.

FAT DOCTOR

Comedian | Actor | Writer


"The Ultimate Stand-Up" is a teaching of my philosophy of comedy writing, how to organize your written material , which is just as important as the writing itself, my patented " basic equation of comedy " the breakdown of the parts of a joke, an explanation in detail each part. A list of the materials you need , workbooks, Etc this is the orientation for my course THE ULTIMATE STANDUP. The most successful comedy course on the planet. 85% of the people who complete my course become working comics and 15%of them become famous.


What do Dave Chapelle, Tommy Davidson, Donnell Rawlins,  Martin Lawrence, Cocoa Brown, comedian Piere,Patton Oswalt, Lawrence Owens, Eddie Bryant, and Damo Hicks have in common?

They were all students of comedy of the Fat Doctor. He is  the most successful standup comedy instructor/mentor in the business today.

THE FABULOUS FAT DOCTOR D.C.’S GODFATHER OF COMEDY

A STAND-UP COMEDY ICON. HAS APPEARED ON HBO, A&E,NBC,SHOWTIME, THE HOWARD STERN SHOW, A WRITER FOR THE MARTIN SHOW,AND WAS ONE OF  ONLY FOUR COMICS TO MAKE RICHARD PRYOR’S FAVORITES LIST AT THE WORLD FAMOUS COMEDY STORE IN LA

SIR TONY

Hair Stylist | Celebrity Make up Artist


Hair & Make Up 101 

Learn the basics of applying make up and doing your hair or wearing Custom wigs, Weaves & More.

DR. CHARM TIMS

Naturopathic | Herb Specialist


Dr. Charm Tims  was born and raised in  Houston, TX. She is a naturopathic physician who graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ. Naturopathic medicine integrates both conventional and alternative healing therapies for optimal outcomes. She spent 5 years in  family medicine and pediatric clinical practice in  Phoenix, Arizona before moving to Chicago,Illinois. Her passion is to help guide her patients through their own individual healing of the mind, body, and spirit.  Dr. Tims also loves the arts. She acts, sings, writes and performs traditional West African dance.  Dr. Tims has made television and radio appearances both as an artist and as a medical expert. She most recently appeared on the hit television series Empire and served as a medical script consultant for the show. 

LORNE WELLINGTON

Body Image Consultant 

 Bra Fitting 101

"BRA FITTING 101"The Average women is wearing the wrong bra size.

No matter how many times I fit a lady into her correct bra size the experience never gets old. Sometimes she gets emotional or she protests. Yet in the end, all of them see a difference in their appearance instantly when they have on a bra that fits correctly.

It still amazes me how other retailers convince women the idea that they have to settle when they are bra shopping.

Ladies there is bra out there for you and I will find it.

CHRIS BRITTO

Divas In Defense  


Self Defense Techniques 

It is our mission to empower women of all ages with the training and tools imperative to their personal safety and the safety of their families. Through fun, instinctive learning; women gain the knowledge to protect and arm themselves while gaining confidence to be Fierce & Fabulous!

SHERITA J HERRING

Writer | Grant Writing Specalist


There's A Grant For That

Grants available for ANYTHING you can dream of There's a Grant for That too. Sherita will share info an give insight to where to find grants

ROBIN JOHNSON

Tax Advisor 


Tax Workshop: Everything you must know!


C.G. Johnson & Company

A full service accounting and tax firm with over 24 years of experience in the industry. I offer resources to assist you operate your business and to help you manage your personal financial responsibilities. 


Some of the industries that I work in include; Entertainment, Marine, Legal, Health and fitness, construction and  home improvement.


The areas that I specialize in are accounting, tax preparation both individual and business, business and personal management and property management. I make it a priority that my clients understand how important it is to be in the know about their finances and compliance with government regulations. If there is something that I don't know, I have the resources at my fingertips, to help you find what you need. 


No matter your financial situation, it is paramount to have someone in your corner who can guide you. 




BILLY O'CONNOR

Comedian | Author 

Improve Your Writing


Billy O'Connor was born in County Cork, Ireland, and grew up on the Bronx streets. After Vietnam, Billy was a Teamster, a pub and restaurant owner, and before becoming a N.Y.C firefighter for 23 years, an illegal bookie. He sailed dove and traveled the world burdened by his addiction to drugs and alcohol.


After the tragedy of 9/11 and the loss of 343 of his brother firefighters he sobered up and attended the University of Florida. At the age of 62 he earned his journalism degree and began to write . He has written two highly praised weekly columns, two screenplays and numerous political pieces. He also finished third out of nearly 800 contestants in Arizona's funniest comic contest. If anyone personifies that life truly begins at 60, it is Billy O'Connor. Confessions of a Bronx Bookie is his much-anticipated first novel.

JENNIFER CHANDLER

Financial Advisor 


Jennifer Chandler is a 37 year old Cleveland Native. She graduated from Cleveland Hts high school and continued her education at Central State University, it was there she discovered her passion for Children and helping others. It was in 2014 when Jennifer made the decision to become a foster parent and in 2015 she began building her financial service business. Jennifer currently holds a life insurance license, fixed index annuities, certification and is to obtain her series 6 and 65 which are prestigious investment licenses.Jennifer has a strong focus to continue helping families with their finances as she works to become a regional vice president with her company and building her stand up comedy career.


WILLIE LYNCH JR.

Comedian/

Holistic Healer 

Get Healthy the Natural way. Insight on fasting the Dr Sebi way


East St. Louis, Illinois  Willie Lynch, Jr. has been making family and friends laugh since childhood. Influenced by Martin Lawrence, the Wayans Brothers, BET's Comic View and HBO's Def Comedy Jam, Lynch fell in love with stand up comedy.  After dabbling in the industry beginning at age 13, Willie had popped in and out of the scene while in college. It wasn't until after finishing graduate school at Tennessee State University in 2009 that he began to take comedy serious.  He maintains that it was seeing Deon Cole at the St. Louis House of Comedy that sparked everything.  Lynch was to take a break from school, for the Phd at Howard University in History was the ultimate goal, but he got on stage in August of 2009 and has been on it every since!  Holding degrees in History and in Education, Willie Lynch, Jr. infuses education with stand up. This is principally why Kevin Hart dubbed him Langston Huges with a Punchline.

 


COCOA BROWN

Comedienne | Actress 


Acting 101 


Cocoa Brown will be teaching you the basics to acting, sharing auditioning techniques with actual scripts and showing you how to audition in characters.