Comedy Mom

Comedy Mom
Advice from a “small town” comedy producer for comics starting their journey. Hosted by Katy Ipock. Do you have a question for your Comedy Mom? E-mail her at!

E33 - What I Learned From My First Hour
Oct 20 • 14 min
Hey all you cool cats and kittens, I did my first full hour on stage last weekend, and learned some value lessons I wanted to pass along. Seriously, setting yourself up for success will help you tremendously. —- Send in a voice message:…
E32 - You Might Have To Sell Out
Oct 16 • 13 min
There are two different kinds of performers who explore this artform of ours. Artists and Entertainers. It’s okay to be an artist. Don’t let anyone pressure you into commercializing your comedy if you aren’t interested in making it a career. But, if you…
E31 - Heckling and Other Advice with David Eubanks
Oct 5 • 36 min
Today I sat down (via video conferencing, obviously) with Cali Comic David Eubanks. We talk about Hecklers, general advice, and what our first open mics were like. We also talk about his podcast The “Naturally Dave Podcast.” Check out his website for all…
E30 - Toxic Booking Styles
Sep 29 • 20 min
I am spilling some Tea, and I have no doubt some people are going to be pissed. If you working a small scene like I do, you will probably recognize one of these toxic booking styles. Hell, I have recognized myself in a couple of them. You don’t control…
E29 - Open Mic is Supposed To Suck
Sep 23 • 24 min
I was talking to a couple comics from the scene recently. They felt like they had to “perfect” at open mic. There seems to be this idea that open mics are like mini showcases and you have to have to have a perfectly polished five minutes. This is…
E28 - Keeping Yourself, and Others, Safe When Comedy Reopens!
Sep 15 • 13 min
Yes! I am trying to get back into the swing of things! Like any parental unit, I constantly think about how to keep the comedians and audience safe when producing live shows right now. I’ve been lucky enough to partially reopen my production company with…
E27 - Interview with Niko Lukoff from Displaced Comedians
Sep 7 • 43 min
Yes, I am back and trying to get in the podcast swing again. It has been a weird time for everyone. And, I am serious that THIS SONG has become my theme song. I did this interview with Niko Lukoff a few days ago as part of a training for local comedians…
E26 - Virtual Shows & Comedy After COVID
Apr 7 • 21 min
I know, sh*t as really gone south. Let’s talk about advice about virtual/streaming shows and what you can do to set yourself up for success in this innovative time for comedy! —- Send in a voice message:
E25 - Comedy Will Take Over Your Life
Feb 20 • 15 min
When people think about getting into stand up comedy, they think about the glory. The crowds, the attention, the IG fans. Everyone thinks about being the next Joe Rogan, Dan Stanhope and Amy Schumer. In order to get that glory, you have to go all in.…
E24 - The Competitive Nature of Comedy is Bullshit
Feb 16 • 18 min
It is competition season for my comedy scene, which always flares up everyone’s competitive nature. Here’s the thing: The idea that Stand Up Comedy is somehow a competitive thing, is absolutely bullshit. You aren’t competing against your fellow comics.…
E23 - Cross Training for Comics
Feb 6 • 13 min
Athletes will do a different sport or exercise to help their main sport. This is cross training. Dancers will strength train. Football players will do yoga and swimming. Cyclists will cross country ski. This cross training theory can help you as a stand…
E22 - Being A Big Fish In A Small Pond Doesn’t Mean Sh*t
Jan 30 • 22 min
This Episode is a little adversarial. It might hurt some feelings. Being A Big Fish In A Small Pond Doesn’t Mean Sh*t. There. I said it. It’s so easy in a small scene to feel like a big deal. Comics with big heads and big egos make big mistakes. Bookers…
E21: So You Bombed
Jan 25 • 21 min
Bombing happens to all of us. I talk about the rough sets I had recently and my advice about how to handle a rough set both on and off stage. —- Send in a voice message:
E20 - Stay On Target
Jan 16 • 18 min
“Pouring salt in my sugar won’t make yours any sweeter Pissing in my yard ain’t gonna make yours any greener” Kacey Musgraves, Biscuits It’s easy to get distracted in comedy. This episode is all about my mantra, “Stay On Target.” Put your blinders on and…
E19: Stand Up Comedy As A New Years Resolution
Jan 8 • 16 min
It’s that time of year! If you have “Try Stand Up Comedy” on your list of resolutions like I did in 2015 this episode is for you. Your first open mic is like an amusement park ride. Go into it ready to see what it feels like to tell jokes in front of an…
E18 - Imposter Syndrome & Lost Confidence
Dec 12, 2019 • 20 min
Comedy is a game of tenacity. We all lose our confidence. It’s about getting back on stage again. You can do this! —- Send in a voice message:
E17 - What To Do When You Aren’t Getting Booked
Dec 6, 2019 • 15 min
I honestly thought about calling this episode “Why All Bookers Are Assholes.” Don’t even stress about whether you are getting booked if you are less than two years in. Some Bookers have rules about “time served.” It won’t matter how well you land with an…
E16 - Goal Setting For Comics
Dec 5, 2019 • 18 min
I recorded this episode on December 4th. The time of year I sit down and start thinking about my goals for the upcoming year. This episode is all about how to set goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. In the end,…
E15 - Conversation With My Mother
Nov 28, 2019 • 20 min
I sat down with my MoM after Thanksgiving to talk about her perspective on the whole thing. The parents of comics have an interesting vantage point on our material. Plus, if you pay enough attention, you can learn what the “Boomers” are looking for comedy…
E14 - Chatting with Jessica Taylor
Nov 27, 2019 • 32 min
Jessica is a staple in the Bend comedy scene! We talk about her first open mic, advice for new comics and dating life! We were going to record this live, but the weather took a sh*t on Central Oregon. So, we are both cozy in our own homes! You can find…
E13 - Why Open Mics Are Important
Nov 26, 2019 • 18 min
It’s easy to start dismissing open mics when you start getting “paid gigs.” Some people see open mics as only auditions for bookers. I am making a passionate case for why this is not true. All stage time is good stage time. Get all the stage time you can!…
E12 - Self Deprecating Humor: It’s A Good Thing!
Nov 26, 2019 • 22 min
We are talking all about self deprecating humor. What it is, how it helps, and how to keep it from going too far. Using examples from her own material, Katy Ipock helps demystify writing jokes about yourself. Plus, Comedy Mom gets a little passionate at…
E11 - Why You Should Record Every Set
Nov 25, 2019 • 13 min
When sports teams want to get better the coach sits them down and makes them watch game footage. Watching yourself play is the best way to see what your doing and where you can improve. Comedy is exactly the same way. The best way to see where you can get…
E10 - How To Act Like A Pro In This Funny Business
Nov 24, 2019 • 18 min
This episode could also be titled “How To Stay On A Booker’s Good Side.” Acting professionally isn’t dependent on your talent and/or skill level. Whether you are an open micer or on the road, you can follow this guidelines and behave like a true…
E9 - Joke Theft, Parallel Thinking and Hack Jokes
Nov 24, 2019 • 18 min
Joke Theft is the only hard, fast rule in Stand Up Comedy. There are no “covers” in stand up. This episode is all about joke theft, parallel thinking and hack jokes. We talk about why it’s important, how to avoid it, and how to handle being called out on…
E8 - Comedy & Relationships with Kris Ipock
Nov 22, 2019 • 52 min
We delve into what it’s like to be married to a comic. Kris Ipock is Katy’s amazing husband and co-owner of their production company, Ipockolyptic Productions. They talk about what it’s like to be married to a comic, and Kris’s role in helping to book…
E7: Conversations with Stuart Wilson and Jubal Chaplin
Nov 21, 2019 • 19 min
Stuart Wilson and Jubal Chaplin sat down with me after an open mic. We talked about their first open mic, advice about cannabis and performing, and general comedy chit chat. —- Send in a voice message:
E6 - What I Look For As A Booker
Nov 20, 2019 • 21 min
It doesn’t take long for any “open micer” to ask, How do I get booked for a paid show? This episode is all about what I look for when booking someone and how to get yourself on a show. Keep in mind, it can take YEARS before you get your first paid gig.…
E5 - How To Generate Material
Nov 19, 2019 • 20 min
Everyone wants to know how to write a joke. After every show there is usually one person who asks where I get my material. This episode isn’t about the actual technique of writing, but how to generate material to write about. This is great comedy mom…
E4 - What Makes A Good Set
Nov 19, 2019 • 21 min
Comedy is an art form. It’s hard to tell, in a concrete way, how well a set lands. Over my 5 years of performing I have found a way to analyze my sets that gives me actual numbers to look at. Not everyone will want to do it this way, but it helps me make…
E3 - What The F To Wear
Nov 18, 2019 • 20 min
I get asked often what a new comic should wear on stage. This is a nebulous, difficult thing to explain. I give my best motherly advice on the subject. Also, I am not only a comedy mom and I am an actual mom. Today is laundry day. You’ll probably hear my…
E2 - Basic Rules of Stand Up Comedy
Nov 18, 2019 • 19 min
Today, Mom gets preachy! I’m going over the basic rules of open mic comedy, and touch on the semi-pro side as well. We all know rules suck. If you are performing stand up comedy, you are likely a rebel. I get it. This episode will help you get a leg up…
E1 - How To Get Started In Stand Up
Nov 18, 2019 • 23 min
Episode 1! We are tackling the question everyone asks. How do you get started in stand up? This is how your first open mic (should) go. Learn everything you need to know before hitting the stage for the first time! If you are looking for an open mic in…