So How Have You Been?

Hello Comics and Comedy Fans!
It's been a long time since the Rubber Chicken Gazette has come out because we are so busy here at StandUp Academy and StandUp Productions! We are getting ready to focus our attention soon on the 3rd Annual Eagle Rock Comedy Festival which is tentatively scheduled for December 5 & 6. We plan to add a Women In Comedy Roundtable, Improv workshops and more to this year's festival. More info on that in the coming weeks.

This edition of the Rubber Chicken contains info on upcoming shows at the Ice House Comedy Club and Flappers Comedy Club, SUA grad showcases and upcoming standup and improv classes, our awesome OPEN MIC in Eagle Rock, Psychedelicatessen Radio (which is now on iTunes!) plus articles on Daniel Tosh, Adam Carolla, Eddie Brill, Late Night TV & a great piece by Patton Oswalt. Hope you enjoy your Rubber Chicken!

If you are an SUA grad and your name is not on our list to the right (or spelled wrong), let us know!

Have a great week in comedy everyone! Bobbie Oliver :)

COMICS: If you want to be booked in one of our shows at The Ice House or Flappers, send us an email to

This Sunday (August 5th), come out to The Ice House for a great show!  Headliner Bobbie Oliver, MC Sally Mullins, and a lot of really funny people!

Tuesday, August 8th, we've got a fantastic lineup at Flappers, featuring StandUp Academy alumni, StandUp Productions regulars and exciting special guests!

Sunday, August 12th, at the Ice House, we've got a great night of comedy, including StandUp Academy's own improv/sketch troupe The Chaotiques!  

And don't forget about the StandUp Academy Grad Shows! Sunday, August 26th and Monday, August 27th, the current classes will perform on the Ice House Main Stage featuring newbies and pros. Both shows start at 8:00 pm.

The lineup for August 26th will be headlined by Bobbie Oliver and hosted by Sally Mullins.  It will also include Kate McLeod, Alan Greene, Garry Haley, Jamillah, Yoshio Moriwaki, Carr Winn, Dylan Fleming, Jack Hill, Sheron Johnston, Janice Elliott, Andrew Winkler, Javier Castro, Charity Hume, Mat Biller, and Natasha Younge.

The lineup for Augst 27th features headliner Bobbie Oliver, host Sally Mullins, and special guest John Fontaine, plus Chris Oliver, Ralph Eddy, Susan Ware, Hana Michels, Caroline Cui, Scott Martin, Sidney Tannenbaum, Mike Bosley, Lisa Bosley, Robin Riker, Nakaia Brown, Patrick Daniel, John Smith and Ro Avetyan.

We host OPEN MIC nights at Dave's Chillin' and Grillin' in Eagle Rock every other Wednesday.   Next open mics will be August 8th and August 22nd.  Sign up starts at 7:00 pm, and we fire up the mic at 7:30 pm.  We are only taking 20 people per night, so get there early! Dave's is a fun place with GREAT sandwiches and smoothies, and it's a supportive environment to work out your material.  Like them on Facebook!

The next session of StandUp Academy's The Tao of Comedy begins on September 8th, 9th and 10th, and runs through November 3rd, 4th and 5th.  (There will be no class on October 6th, 7th and 8th.). Our workshops are for everyone from newbie comics to 20 year veterans. Our comedy family is over 600 strong and growing! Remember, StandUp Academy alums get a discount for coming back (email Bobbie for info; website below). There is still time to audit a class this session if you want to check us out!

The Improv/Sketch class taught by John Fontaine begins Sunday, September 9th and runs through November 4th.  No class October 7th.  Register now, before the classes fill up!  And tell your friends!  For more information, see the StandUp Academy website.

Bobbie's album, Finally!, is available for download from iTunes, eMusic, and Amazon, and streaming on Spotify.  If you buy your music from somewhere else,  it's probably there, too.  Now you can listen to Bobbie on your iPod, smart phone, car stereo or hi fi.  Tell your friends!

We spent a lot of the last month arguing with people on the internet about Daniel Tosh.  Because there was so much to say on the subject, we recorded a special episode of our podcastMisogyny.0 is 70 minutes of Chris and Bobbie Oliver talking about issues related to comedy and feminism, including both the incident with Daniel Tosh and recent comments made by people like Eddie Brill and Adam Carolla suggesting that women aren't funny. This has become one of our most downloaded podcasts ever! And we think it's an important issue.  As this Huffington Post piece reports, the face of late night comedy remains overwhelmingly white and male.

Last week, we recorded a new episode of Psychedelicatessen Radio with two of our favorite comics, Deon Lewis and Rawle Dee (winner of the first Eagle Rock Comedy Festival!).  This one is chock full o' larfs!

Speaking of podcasts, check out our friend Tom Simmons' podcast, Bully the Bullies.  This is a good model of what we think comedy should be about: speaking truth to power, not bullying the powerless. Listen to their podcasts, and like them on Facebook!

Did you get a chance to see The Olivers perform yet?  Here is some video of Bobbie and Chris Oliver performing our new double act at the Ice House.  Keep an eye out for a chance to see us live!

One last thing: everyone should read Patton Oswalt's keynote speech from the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.  It's a great summary of where the world of comedy is in 2012, and we hope that you will be as inspired as we were when we read it.  We've got some great projects we're working on right now, and we can't wait to bring them to fruition so that we can share them with you!

Hi Comics!
Hope this edition of the Rubber Chicken Gazette finds you all well & having a great summer. The fact that it's been so long since the last Chicken should tell you that it's been crazy around here at StandUp Academy & StandUp Productions. We have lots of shows going on at the Ice House Main Room & Flappers Main Room (email us for spots)! And the new classes are showcasing at the Ice House Main Room Aug 21-23 (lineups below)!! We are also in the early planning stages of Year 2 of the Eagle Rock Comedy Festival and getting ready for next session's stand-up & improv/sketch workshops at the Ice House starting Sept 10.

Lots of stuff below. Enjoy the Rubber Chicken. Hope to see you all soon at the grad shows and/or in one of our shows or workshops! Love, Bobbie

August 16th at Flapper's @ 8pm!!

Improv Class Showcase, Ice House Annex, Wednesday, August 17

The Grad Shows are here!!

Grad Shows Are Sunday through Tuesday and we'll be doing a lottery drawing for Alums on Monday and Tuesday! Come support your new family members and you could be performing with them!

Grad Show Sunday, August 21st @8pm

MC: Sally Mullins
Garry Haley
Andy Adams
Derek Blackway
Michael McClenahan
Marisol Grier
Liz Rodgers
Christopher B Duncan
Kevin Barry
Justin Latham
Guest: SUA Improv Class Sketch
Guest: John Fontaine
Guest: Phil Perrier
Bobbie Oliver

Grad Show Monday, August 22nd @8pm

MC: Sally Mullins
Mark Leonard
Deon Williams
Gabe Veas
Ron Ario
Gloria Palma
Don Tuitt
JJ Miller
Michael Smith
Rawle Lewis
Shannon White
Jerry Dahlgren
Mary Basmadjia
Alumni Lottery Winner
Guest: SUA Improv Class Sketch

Guest: John Fontaine
Bobbie Oliver

Grad Show Tuesday, August 23rd @8pm

MC: Sally Mullins
Frankie Nichols
Jennifer Johnson
Jenny Davis
Danielle Sadd
Tom Brundage
David Traughber
Joseph Bartholomew
Javier Palenzuela
Ed Shannon
Jessica Doyle
Trip Jones
Alumni Lottery Winner
Guest: SUA Improv Class Sketch

Guest: John Fontaine
Bobbie Oliver

New standup classes starting on Sept. 10th!

And remember, all alumni get a discount on the stand-up and improv classes!

New Improv/Sketch classes starting Sept. 11

New open mic in Eagle Rock!

Bobbie is now hosting a new open mic at Dave's Chillin' & Grillin' in Eagle Rock! the open mic will be held every other Wednesday at 7:30pm, including this Wednesday, August 3rd!

Dave's is located at 2152 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041

Check out these great business of comedy classes! And tell them Bobbie Oliver sent you

Sat Aug 27th, 2011 | 10:00AM-1:00PM

ONE DAY: Marketing and Promoting Yourself
Marketing and Promoting Yourself

Instructor(s): Barbara Holliday
Venue: Flappers Comedy Club Burbank- Yoo Hoo Room
Are you new to Stand up Comedy? Have an act but not sure how to present yourself to Clubs and Bookers? Do you need promotional materials, but don't have a big budget and aren't sure where to begin? Then join us for this Educational Session/Lecture Series. Read more...

$100.00 to get this price, mention Bobbie Oliver!

Sat Aug 27th, 2011 | 2:00PM-5:00PM

ONE DAY: Breaking Into the College Market
Breaking Into the College Market

Instructor(s): Barbara Holliday
Venue: Flappers Comedy Club Burbank- Yoo Hoo Room
Learn how the college market works, what is NACA, What is APCA, How to break into the college market and make your act appeal to buyers in the Market and how to find, attract and secure a College Agent. Read more...

$100.00 to get this price, mention Bobbie Oliver!

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End of August Newsletter

Hi kids!
Happy Holidays to all of you!! I know it's been a long time since the newsletter has come out. We've been so busy here at StandUp Academy and StandUp Productions, we haven't had time to catch our breath! But, now it's the end of the year and time to make sure everyone you love knows they are loved. So, YOU ARE LOVED!! I am so grateful for our comedy family! We have lots of new members since the last newsletter (look for you name on the list of family members and let me know if I left anyone out).

So, here's the new Rubber Chicken Gazette! Check out what we've been up to and what we have coming up. And don't be a stranger! We are always looking for comics for our shows (Sundays at the Ice House Main Room and Tuesdays at Flappers Main Room), producers, and just friends to come party with us! Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season! Love, Bobbie

New Classes!

The new session is starting soon!! Stand-up classes start Jan 8, 9, 10 in the Ice House Main Room and Improv classes start Jan 9 in the Annex. Remember, you get a SUA alumni discount! Standup classes are $400 for new students, but only $300 for alums. Also, the Improv class is $250 for new students but only $200 for alums. If you take both, you get a discount. It only takes $50 to hold your spot. Plus, we do payment plans! Come back and work some new material and HAVE FUN WITH US! Don't delay. When classes are full, they are full. For more info or to register, visit

Eagle Rock Comedy Festival

On December 8th & 9th, over 180 comedians flooded twelve venues for the 1st Annual Eagle Rock Comedy Festival! Not only were all of them amazing, but it ended up being a hell of a lot of fun too! Thank you to everyone who participated, who volunteered and who showed up to support! We couldn't have done it without all of YOU!!

Best of the Fest Winners!

Congratulations to Rawle Lewis, the Festival Winner and SUA alum (pictured above), and the Best of the Fest winners, Cat Davis (SUA alum), Will C, Marie DelPrete (SUA alum), Nat Baimel, Eric Dadourian and Best Clean Comic Tom Riehl.

Class 26, 27 & 28 Grad Show Pictures!

Please welcome all of our new members! (Sorry it's taken so long to get these pics up!)

Class 28

Class 27

Class 26

Improv Class Grad Show

December 28th Too Funny Tuesdays @ Flappers!

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