I'm a stand-up comic who's been on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and the Tonight Show. I've toured almost 300 colleges and I was recently named one of LA Weekly's "Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch" and one of Funny or Die's "30 Comedians to Watch Under 30." Currently I'm working as a segment producer on MTV's Ridiculousness.

 

One of the best sets I’ve ever had!  Thank God I had a camera in the back :)

My new web series “Don’t Call Me” is available at www.funnyordie.com/roboreilly

Watch the first installment of my new short web series Don’t Call Me!

A hilariously bad video I made when I was 10.

New video of me at Lestats in San Diego!

New Material in this UCB Stand-Up Clip!

Top 10 Sexual Sounding Ad Slogans

Some advertising slogans sound like they were written by someone eavesdropping on a prom night.

1. “I ate the bones!” -KFC

2. “Is it in you?” -Gatorade

3. “Taste the Rainbow” - Skittles

4. “You got chocolate in my peanut butter” - Reese’s

5. “Our most important package is yours” -UPS

6. “Just do it” - Nike

7. “Where’s the beef?” - Wendy’s

8. “Reach out and touch someone” -Bell Systems

9. “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands” -M&Ms

10. “Can I come inside of you?” -Pepsi

When someone interrupts me, I usually ignore it at first and hope that it stops.   It’s important to still seem likeable as a comedian, and if you get aggressive too early, you lose likeability.   But if the interruptions continue, I will usually interact with them.  And kind of tell them to stop, but in a joking tone.  Like I’m not upset, but you need to shut up.

There’s two types of hecklers.  Those that like you, and think (incorrectly) that they are helping the show or trying to be funny themselves.   The other type of heckler is someone who doesn’t like you and is intentionally messing with you or booing.  99% of hecklers are in the first category, and will shut up when you ask them to.  But when it’s the latter, things can become aggressive. 
 

One time, I said I was about to get off stage, and this guy started clapping.  As in, he was happy I was leaving.  It was rude, and I’d had enough of him, so I walked off stage and knocked the hat off his head.  I asked him if he’d like to take it outside, but he cowardly shut up.

How to Perform at Colleges

A lot of comedians ask me how to get into the college game, so I’m going to make it nice and easy. 

The easiest way to get into the college game is by showcasing at a conference called NACA (National Association of Campus Activities).   There are 6 regional showcases (Mid-America, South, Central, Northern Plains, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic) and then one national showcase every year.  Basically you have to be selected (based on your 3-5 min video) to the showcase.  Then you perform with a bunch of other entertainers (musicians, lecturers, magicians, etc).  The audience is composed of all the various college activities boards of colleges in that region.  So they decide who they like and book you to come to campus.  Just being selected to perform on a NACA is very difficult.  And submitting cost money.

You can either submit yourself or go through an agency.  All the college entertainment agencies make it clear on their websites how new potential clients can submit.  They always want the same video they’d send to NACA, so send them all a 3-5 tape cut together with your absolute best material.  Put the best stuff up front because the people making the selections for NACA are going to not finish watching most of the videos - they’re looking at thousands of them.  The main college agencies you’d want to submit to are:
The College Agency, Neon Entertainment, KP Comedy (Kirkland Productions), Joey Edmonds, Sophie K, Bass Schuler, Auburn Moon, H2F, Admire Entertainment, Cutting Edge Entertainment, GG Greg Agency, Summit Entertainment, BE Colleges.   If you end up with multiple college agencies wanting to represent you, I’d chose the one who seems the most personable and who doesn’t have other clients on the roster that fit your same description.  The best time to submit to agencies is around April because they’ll be submitting to NACAs over the summer.
All agencies will take a 20% cut of your gigs.   But I’d recommend going with an agency if you’re new to NACA.  Until you’ve seen at least one NACA, you don’t know what to expect.
To submit yourself, you have to buy a self-representation membership, which cost around $235.   Information on how to represent yourself is here:
You don’t necessarily need to go through NACAs to do college gigs, it just makes it easier.   But you can also just start going to as many college’s websites as possible, and looking up the email info for their “student activities board” or “student activities council” or “campus activities board”.  Email them that you’d like to perform and can offer them a discount.
Good luck!
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