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The Show Love Podcast: Ragtime

Goldstar’s Jim McCarthy and singer-actor Becky Baeling talk with the people behind the shows we love. From theater to concerts to comedy and more, it’s conversations with the people who make shows happen. On this episode, Jim and Becky chat with stars Clifton Duncan (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.) and Shannon Warne (Mother) and music director Darryl Archibald of Ragtime -- currently running at the Pasadena Playhouse. You can listen on your favorite platform, and make sure you subscribe! Links: Soundcloud iTunes TuneIn...

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Marketing

Neil Patrick Harris and Goldstar Team Up for a Smarter Summer

Every year, kids across America experience the “summer slide.” It might sound like a ride at the water park, but it’s actually a term for all the learning kids lose while on school break. Studies show kids slide back in math and reading skills by as much as two to two-and-a-half months -- and low-income students suffer the most. To help families avoid this setback, along with actor Neil Patrick Harris we've created a Smarter Summer program again this year...

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Fans

Margaret Cho Performs the Ultimate “Make Good” and Shows How to Handle a Bad Show

When you're a comedian, bad shows are a part of life. You're off, the audience isn't feeling it, it happens. But once in awhile, things go really bad, like they did for Margaret Cho during a show last month in New Jersey. Audience members complained when Cho seemed to be losing it on stage, Emma Barrie reported for Vulture. But instead of running from a bad night, Cho is facing it head on by inviting that same audience back to...

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Advertising

Is Your Show Funny? Then Why Isn’t Your Marketing?

Are you marketing a comedy or any sort of live event that's funny? Then you'll want to inject some of that humor into your ads and marketing strategy. Not only does it give people a taste of what's to come, but it'll also likely grab their attention more than a straightforward, serious ad. Take this marketing campaign by Samantha Jayne that AdWeek reporter Stephanie Paterik recently covered. Jayne wrote a book of poetry about millennials. Admittedly that might be a tough book...

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Social Media

Think Like a Comedian to Boost Your Social Media Marketing

While it may not seem like it at first glance, social media and comedy have a lot in common. As Joshua Nite writes on toprankblog.com: "They’re both fast-paced, harder than they look, and unpredictable. And at the heart of it, both are about telling a compelling story and making a human connection." Nite shared 5 lessons social media marketers can learn from comedy on the blog. You can read the full article here, and check out our favorite tip below: "Rule...

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Pricing

A Pay-Per-Laugh Performance?

Back in August, Jim shared an innovative idea about pricing in How to Do Pay-What-You-Want Better. He wrote: "But here’s an idea that uses a pay-what-you-want structure, but does it in a way that might be beneficial in the short and long term. Think of it as something like a reverse Kickstarter. In other words, the performance is happening no matter what, but it does have a “cost.” Now, this “cost” shouldn’t literally be the cost of one performance. It...

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Experience

Our Story, and We’re Sticking To It

For this series, we've reached into the vault to share a few pieces that are still relevant today. Here are the things that are at the core of what we do at Goldstar. They’re things we believe, and we try to make everything we do support these beliefs: We believe that live entertainment is meaningful and special to people. It’s not just a couple hours of fun. Watching TV is fun. Playing Angry Birds is fun. But we believe live entertainment...

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News

Let’s Hope New Material Stands Up to Old When Monty Python Reunites

Hide Your Dead Parrots! Comedy Troupe Monty Python Set to Reunite After 30 Years for New Stage Show. Like the Police Reunion years back, this is going to be enormously successful. As Stewart Copeland told me a few years ago, keeping the brand "pristine" by not touring is going to mean the demand to see the Monty Python gang onstage will be epic. Write it down, and buy your tickets early if you can. One interesting side note is that they...

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Young Comedians on 2013 Top-Earning List Shows Sign of Healthy Industry

The names of the top-earning comedians of 2013 makes an interesting contrast to the touring lists for musicians. With the exception of Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez, almost none of you knew who any of these guys were 10 years ago. To prove that, here's a link to a performance we had for sale on Goldstar at a GREAT comedy club in San Francisco. For $7.50, you could have gone to see Louis C.K. Two people did (and on the plus...

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