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Endorsements
See what over a dozen of Jim Richardson's nationally successful
Students and Clients have to say:
Stand-Up Comics and Keynote Speakers endorse
working with Jim Richardson as turning points in their careers.

Now, they offer you insider tips:
what they did before winning all those TV Emmys
and vastly increasing their annual earnings.
Feldo and guys he has written for: Miller, Maher, Stewart.
David Feldman
Stand-Up Comic,
Winner of multiple National TV Emmys
“It's about a lot more than just writing jokes. Jim also helps you choreograph them.
He's what you want: not just a coach, but a scholar and an historian.
Someone who really knows the subject!”

— DAVID FELDMAN, comedian

David won TV Emmys since 1995 as a staff writer and then, co-producer for HBO's “Dennis Miller Show.”

In 2007, David joined the writing staff of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Plus, he also writes for HBO's “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
David was a writer for the popular ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” HBO's “Not Necessarily the News,” and the 2002 & 2003 Emmys.

David has also made numerous stand-up comedy appearances on: “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,”“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” starring “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David, Comedy Central where David had his one-man show, Showtime, VH1, and until he got way too old, MTV.


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Taylor Mason behind mic stand in front of the traditional comedy basement brick wall.
Taylor Mason
Stand-Up Comic and ventriloquist
Won the comedy division on "Star Search":
$100,000
Star of his own national TV show and movie

“Jim Richardson's
comedy class helped me prepare and execute a comedy routine in the comedy division of Ed McMahon's 'Star Search' TV Show that won the $100,000 grand prize."

4-8-12:
"I can tell you this: Richardson has boiled the elements of stand-up/live presentation down to the most critical and essential. His mentorship is spot-on-point.
However, there is a commitment that has to be made. Specifically, you'll have to put in the time and adhere to his instruction. After that, it's perseverance and will."


8-6-13:
"Jim can take your stand-up act, your personal appearances and/or whatever presentation you have in front of a live audience, to an exciting new level.
You put in the effort, the preparation and the time,
and Richardson will make you funnier.
He'll focus you on the details.
In a word, he will make you terrific."

— TAYLOR MASON, comedian, musician and ventriloquist


TV:
10 times on NBC-TV's “The Today Show.”
Was on-the-air network host for NBC-TV's “America's Talking,” the first all-talk cable network!
He has his own national TV shows, "Children Talk" and “Taylor's Attic,”
appeared on the music/talk TV show "Prime Time Country,"
plus, he is featured in the motion picture 4-part series, “Thou Shalt Laugh”!

Book:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ventriloquism (2010)


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Ben Bissel laughs with the audience, and waves.
Dr. Ben Bissel
Keynote speaker at $10,000 per speech for his 2-hour program:
One of the nation's leading witty storytellers,
Ben has received standing ovations from
Harvard University to Fortune 500 companies.
Plus, he has received Congressional recognition for his work with
government agencies and departments.
1990:
“My improvement is dramatic. Sharper timing has added power and energy to my presentations
which I had already felt were at their peak.”


Updated Feb. 2009:
“After I attended your helpful and fun seminar, things kept getting better for me. About three years ago, I made that goal of $10,000 a program (two hours), and reached my retirement early.

“I really went back often to my notes from both your seminar and our long-distance coaching sessions. I think it was the turning point for me.
Thanks a million!”

— DR. BEN BISSEL, business keynote speaker

National Speakers Association, national management consultant.
W
orks with NASA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, universities of North Carolina, Richmond and Virginia.

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Ross Shafer hosts "Match Game" TV show.
Ross Shafer
Stand-Up Comic & Keynote Speaker
Won multiple TV Emmys

“Jim, I've got to hand it to you: it really works.
It took a little bit of courage,
but like you predicted
and as if by magic
. . . hysteria . . .

What a feeling!
I was able to hold one laugh for 25 seconds.
Thank you.”
 
— ROSS SHAFER, comedian

Emmy-Award-Winning Entertainer
and business keynote speaker

Television Host of:
“The Match Game”
Fox TV's “The Late Show”
King TV's "Almost Live"
ABC's "Day's End"
ABC's "Love Me, Love Me Not"

Winner: 1983 Seattle International Comedy Competition

As a keynote speaker, he has also produced 14 Human Resource training films on Customer Service, Motivation, Leadership, and Peer Pressure.

Video: short history of how Jim Richardson's "Improvisation: thinking on your feet" training

Lead to Ross Shafer winning the Seattle Comedy Competition
Which in turn lead to his getting local radio and TV shows,
And soon hosting many national network TV shows.


Update: July 17, 2012 Ross Shafer was inducted into "CPAE National Speakers Association Hall of Fame."
This is NSA's highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE), bestowed upon an elite group of professionals that includes Ronald Reagan, Art Linkletter, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Zig Ziglar.


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Ronn Lucas with 3 of his puppets.
Ronn Lucas

Ventriloquist
With three little friends on TV


One happy Texan who still says:

“Jim is this computer of a teacher:
he doesn't give a damn about your content,
as long as you get your laughs.

"Jim, I couldn't have
won both the San Francisco & National Comedy Competitions,
broadcast on Showtime cable TV,
without you!”

— RONN LUCAS, Ventriloquist

See Ronn's hand-written endorsement of our work together in my newsletter, "Coach Says,"
article "Life as a Comedy Coach," pages 14-18.
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Starred in his own TV variety series with these 3 little friends on "The Ronn Lucas Show"

Many times on “The Tonight Show: Starring Johnny Carson”

Ronn has appeared in Maxim Magazine.

Plus, Ronn Lucas performed before several United States Presidents.

Additional TV credits:
"The Late Show with David Letterman"
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
"L.A. Law"
"America’s Funniest Home Videos"
"Who’s In Charge Here?"
on the Disney Channel
FX Network’s hit show "Nip/Tuck"
NBC’s "1 vs. 100" game show
American Airlines’ in-flight program “Eye on American”

Ronn is the first ventriloquist to have his own, long-running show in Las Vegas.

“The World’s Best Ventriloquist”
— The New York Times and The London Times

“Entertainer of the Year”
— Gold Cabaret Awards

“Ventriloquist of the Year”
— American Society of Ventriloquists.

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Del Van Dyke, a proven winner!
Del Van Dyke

Won many Comedy Competitions,
Appeared multiple times on national TV,
Including "Showtime Comedy Club Network"

“Jim wants you to think only of being a Headliner.
His beginner, intermediate and advanced Stand-Up Comedy Workshops,
plus his "Comedy Marathon Contests,"
all worked for me: 
•I went on to win other comedy contests,
•and had many appearances on national television.
I'm now a regular comedy headliner!”

— DEL VAN DYKE, Comedian

TV credits:
“It's Showtime at the Apollo”
“MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour”
“Showtime Comedy Club Network”

Black Entertainment Television's “Comedy Hour” & “Comic's View”
ABC's “George Schlatter's Comedy Club”
A&E's “Good Time Cafe”

Winner of:
1986 Great Northern California Comedy Competition
1987 Spokane Comedy Competition
1992 Alameda Comedy Competition.

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Calendar | Video: tips | Endorsements: tips | Coaching & Co-Writing | Coaching order form | About Us
Lessons 1-35: Descriptions | Register: Lessons 1-4 | Register: Lessons 5-8 | FAQ | Contact Us

Sub Headings: even more tips!
Studying Comics | Comedy Roots | Comeback? | Defense | Character mask | Robin | Censorship
Writer's block | Camcorder Coaching | Memorizing | Remembering | Stage Movement: setting a bit
Business | Business Cards | Your Web Site | Open Mics | Evil "Bringer Shows" | Audition | MC tips
Promo Packet | Contact media | Interviews | How to get BIG-$ Gig$ | Agents vs. Managers
Newsletter | Goodies | Auditioning: TV & Movie parts | Site Map: more tips
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Hecklers