Las Vegas, the recap

Jon Levine hosting Affiliate Summit West 2015 conferenceMy trip to Las Vegas for the Affiliate Summit West 2015 conference has come and gone and so has my very first opportunity to host a large conference. I figured I’d do a post-mortem, so here it is.

I thought you’d be taller

I was surprised that the emcee duties weren’t as involved as I thought they were. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, just that I thought it would be more work. There was very little prep and it was more of just a ‘show up and do your thing’ -type of attitude, which worked well for me. It also gave me time to meet with clients and do the other work that I’d normally do as just an attendee.

The 2-drink minimum now makes sense

Another first for this trip was doing comedy in front of an audience before noon. I grossly underestimated the importance of time and setting when it comes to making people laugh. Getting them to do so at 11am in Las Vegas the morning after a big party is pretty much a suicide mission. To top it off, I did 5 minutes of marketing and industry jokes. Afterwards, I received a lot of great feedback. During, I heard few laughs. The second day I did more ‘material’ and got a much better response.

The edge of madness

This was a marketing conference and one of the biggest (if not the biggest) in the sector, so it pulls people from all walks of life and all over the country. As I said, the first day I did marketing and industry jokes, with the meat of my set comparing the industry to the guys in Las Vegas who stand on the sidewalks handing out those porn cards (if you’ve never been to Vegas, it’s not worth explaining). Anyway, that’s as dirty as my set got. Porn. The word. No descriptions, no nothing. Later in the day, I spoke to some of my colleagues who received feedback from those that attended that I was ‘edgy’ and that I ‘pushed the envelope.’  I couldn’t believe it. So the next day I did jokes about cocaine and my penis.


Overall, this was an unbelievable experience and one that I’m so thankful that I received. I’m hoping that I’ll have the opportunity to do it again, whether it’s for the Affiliate Summit or otherwise. Like anything else, the more I do it, the better I think I’ll be.

Listen to me on the latest Wake Up Late with Dougie Show – Jan 13, 2015 with Dougie Almeida, Michael Cintron, & Jon Levine

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the Wake Up Late with Dougie Show.

Join Dougie & today’s co-hosts Michael Cintron & Jon Levine as

they start the morning discussing:   Lava

flowing in Hawaii, Solar Eclipses, & whether or not Mike & Dougie are

the most hated comics, amongst other comics, in South Florida / Dougie &

Mike share stories of a local comic who tends to be a bit irritating / Honor

your spot, no matter what it is on a comedy venue & Much More


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The amazing talent all around us

iTunesI find myself amazed at the sheer amount of talent in the people that we’re all surrounded by. I’m not talking just in a performance sense, though it is something a performer did that inspired me to write this post, but really in anything. Whether it’s someone who’s really good at what they do, someone who thinks creatively to solve complex problems and even amazing parents who inspire and entertain their children on a daily basis.

This morning, I woke to find a post on Facebook from someone I know, Alison Sherberg.  This post detailed how her new EP, that has only been available for one day, has already broken into the top 100 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter category. Alison is an extremely talented singer, songwriter and musician, but that’s not all. Alison has a special place in my heart because she was there when I first started my comedic journey.

The very first open mic I went to was at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton and, never having been to one in my life, I wandered up the bar to see what the deal was. That’s where I found Alison, enjoying some hot tea to keep her throat loose for her performance that night. We started talking and, sensing that I was quite the noobie, she provided me with all of the information I needed and made me feel at ease for what was going to be my first step into a larger world.

I watched Alison that night play her ukulele and sing an amazing song. Soon after, we became Facebook friends. I’ve quietly followed her musical career and how it’s blossomed from that person I saw on stage in Boca, to one who’s music is now climbing the iTunes charts.

It was this thought that reminded me of how much talent there is around me and how lucky I am to be surrounded by it. I’ve had the pleasure and the honor of working with people who are incredibly talented and it’s something that I never take for granted. I do my best to learn from each and every interaction I have, whether it be with another comedian, musician, business person or just a creative thinker. In doing so, I think I’m strengthening my own talents.

Listen to me on the latest Wake Up Late with Dougie Show – Jan 6, 2015 with Dougie Almeida, Tim Hanlon, Michael Cintron, & Jon Levine

You can listen to the latest episode here:

Welcome to

the Wake Up Late with Dougie Show.

Join Dougie & today’s co-hosts, Tim Hanlon, Michael Cintron, &

Jon Levine as they discuss: The most important things to have for a successful comedy

venue / The benefits of submitting and getting into Comedy Festivals / What’s

their favorite Girl Scout Cookies / Local Open Mic announces closing after 18

months and then re-opens.


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On the road again…

Las VegasI’ve got a mission this week and that’s to get a solid bead on who to contact at a comedy club to try and get a spot while I’m traveling and how best to contact them. I’ve had this thought before and have asked a question here and there, but now with my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, I’d like to at least attempt to get some stage time while I’m there.

These are the questions that I have in my head and, once I get the answers, I’ll update this post in the hopes that it’ll help someone in the future.

1. Who’s the person to contact at a club to get in and what’s the best way to get their contact info?

2. Once I have that info, what do I send them? Is it just the dates available? Do I include a bio and a link video?

3. Is there something in particular that I should communicate to this person that’ll give me a better chance of getting a spot?

Those are the only three I can think of. If you’ve got more, leave them in the comments and I’ll see if I can get them answered.