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Comic On A Half Shell

Are stand up comedians born or are they made? The answer to this historic nature versus nurture issue was put to the test when Garrison Leykam took the stage for his "Comic On A Half Shell" debut performance after taking Stephen Rosenfield's Stand Up Workshop and debuting at New York City’s famed Gotham Comedy Club. After appearing as a guest on Leykam's Conversation Crossroad radio show, Rosenfield (dubbed "the best known comedy teacher in the country" by The New York Times and founder of the American Comedy Institute) challenged him to take his course which includes an appearance at The Gotham Comedy Club. 'The Gotham' has been host to such comedy legends as Robert Klein, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Jackie Mason and many others. "Becoming a stand up comic is something I've never done. It's totally out of my comfort zone," remarks Leykam, "but I'm never one to shy away from a challenge." And, Rosenfield has a track record of success teaching even beginners how to write solid, original material and to be well-rehearsed to perform in front of a "live" audience. The documentary “Comic On A Half Shell” follows Garrison as he experiences what it’s really like to bare it all in front of a “live” audience and work for laughs. View the trailer: 


Author Barbara Freedman Doyle discusses “Make Your Movie” on Conversation Crossroad Wednesday, May 30th, 7pm EST

For anyone interested in the business of breaking into the film industry today, here is your new bible. From the movie industry veteran, Barbara Freedman Doyle, comes the new book, “Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking.” Understanding how a movie makes money and who actually makes it happen has never been easier with this new easily accessible, beautifully crafted book. “Make Your Movie” is a straightforward and comprehensive must-read for any aspiring filmmaker.

In her new book, Doyle provides an up-to-date overview of today’s movie business while also diving into some of the topics film schools rarely address – explaining that “people skills” are just as important in the film industry as the practical skills. Readers will learn not just who the key players are when it comes to getting a movie made (agents, casting directors, financiers) but also how to best approach them like a true industry professional. This book is about how to work with people in the film industry, about who they are, what they do, and what they need, and most importantly, how to become one of them.

With a down-to-earth, tell it like it is approach, the author offers insight through relatable, real-world experience and one-on-one interviews with working professionals who are already at the top of their game. Readers will benefit from Doyle’s guidance on the early stages of the film industry such as the importance of interviews, finding a mentor, and networking as well as guidance through the later stages of industry involvement such as deciding on union membership, which film festivals are truly worth your time, and even addressing the great New York vs. LA debate when trying to decide where to find your home in the industry.

Doyle stresses how having an insider’s understanding of the entire filmmaking process from start to finish, fundraising to distribution, is imperative and will allow you to anticipate and navigate avoidable setbacks. This clear and concise guide candidly describes what you need to know about both the business and the politics of the industry to get your movie made.

Barbara Freedman Doyle began her career as Assistant to the Senior VP of Worldwide Production at Tri-Star Pictures and continued as Coordinator/Production Supervisor on projects for CBS, NBC, Disney, TNT, Showtime, Hearst Entertainment, Hallmark, 20th Century Fox, and more. Doyle is currently Chair of the Film Division of Chapman University.



The Conversation Crossroad radio program is the definitive Internet-based radio program for listeners who want the best in entertainment, information and intriguing ideas. Check out other authors interviewed on Conversation Crossroad:

Listen to other Conversation Crossroad shows and be sure to check out INDIEvening, the Conversation Crossroad Monday evening segment that showcases the best independent artists on the scene.
Follow Garrison on Facebook and TwitterWatch for the upcoming documentary “Comic On A Half Shell” about Garrison’s experiences becoming a stand up comic and appearing at New York City’s legendary Gotham Comedy Club. View the trailer.


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