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How to Be an Audience

I am writing this post today, October 12, 2017, for two reasons: (1) To tell you I am releasing a new stand-up comedy album called How to Be an Audience and (2) to say a few words about the title.

I am releasing a new stand-up comedy album called How to Be an Audience.

As with every joke, every album, and every comedy creation ever, there will be people who don’t like it. And the people who don’t like it will rationalize all of the reasons why their personal taste is justified. And the dumbest amongst them will waste their time by reaching out to me via the internet to share their opinions with me.

Comedians have come to expect that level of stupidity. But, in this case, I’m going to make a prediction. The absolute dumbest of the dumb, the real idiots who think they are clever, will not only reach out to me, but they will make an attempt to be clever by twisting around the title of my album.

They will say things like, “You should listen to an album called How to Be a Comedian.”

Or, “You need a record called How to Be Funny.”

Or, “Your album should’ve been called How to Be a Comedian.” (Which doesn’t even make sense: If that were the title, it would imply that I am so good at my job that I can give instructions on how to do it. And if I’m that good, then why would someone write an email saying I should give classes while trying to explain that I’m bad? See how confusing that is…)

The album hasn’t been released and I already know what the stupidest people are going to say to me. Because they are stupid. They are so stupid they are predictable.

And I wanted to create a little space on the internet to catalog my prediction. A place I can link to immediately when I receive stupid comments so I can say, “See, I told you so.”

The real puzzle is this:

If people weren’t stupid and predictable, maybe they would have enjoyed my album.


Punchline on FOX

I had such a great time this week as a contestant on FOX‘s new comedian-driven game show PUNCHLINE.

The show works like this: Two teams of comedians face-off to come up with punchlines based on that day’s headlines. We tape in front of a live studio audience who votes for which team was funniest after each round. And the program airs live in certain areas, as well, so people at home can get online and vote for their favorite jokes.

This is just a test-run for the summertime. And, right now, we only air in the following markets:

New York – 11:30pm
Los Angeles – Midnight
Chicago – 11pm
Philadelphia – 12:30pm in the afternoon (???)
San Francisco – 12:30am
Phoenix – 11:30pm
Denver – 10pm
Minneapolis – 10pm (LIVE !!!)
Atlanta – 11pm (LIVE !!!)

HOWEVER, if the show does well, it could get picked up for as many as 240 episodes. In other words, it would be on Monday-Friday for 48 weeks each year. So, if you can tune-in: Great. If you can’t, please tell someone else to give us a look.

Big thanks to all of these comedians for giving their all and making this such a fun week.

Episode 01

Episode 02

Episode 03

Episode 04

Episode 05


I was a champion, once… For 23 hours and 59 minutes…

The date was January 27, 2016. And I wielded my wit to dominate my skilled adversaries in the arena of a fake game show.

It was called @Midnight! And some people watched this epic struggle for victory unfold via a cable television network called Comedy Central.

And so it was. Until the next night when the prize was given to someone else…



Things are happening, Everybody, so get on board right now. Don’t wait for the bandwagon.


David Spade’s prank show Fameless returns to TruTV this month. I make regular appearances on the program, so keep an eye out for me throughout the season. The nice thing about what I do on the show is I always play myself. I’m Ryan Stout, host of the fake game show “Shock Value.” And I’m Ryan Stout, host of the fake dating shows “Love Ride,” “Love Upgrade,” and “Love Swing.” And I’m Ryan Stout, host of the fake opinion debate program, “That’s Your Opinion.”

Photo by:  Zach Storer

Photo by: Zach Storer

And, and, AND!!!!!!!!

On January 27, be sure to watch me on Comedy Central’s @Midnight with Chris Hardwick. This time I’m not the host of a fake game show… I’m a contestant on a fake game show. And I’m going to try to win. That includes cheating, if I can get away with it.


Also on January 27, I’ll be headlining for ONE NIGHT ONLY at the IMPROV in Irvine, CA.

Later that week I’ll be at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA.

And from February 9 – 14, I will be at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis, MN. That’s right, I’m the special show for someone’s Valentine’s Day. I hope they don’t expect jokes about “love” and will be content with jokes about “hate.”

Alright, Gang. Get out there and do your part.

I’m still inching my way toward my goal of 10,000,000 views on YouTube. So, take a trip over there and give me a few clicks.



Talking Head – Music

I make it no secret that I know virtually nothing about music.

No one in my gene pool even plays a musical instrument.

So, when I was asked to talk about music for a television show, I had no idea where to start. After 25 episodes of AXS TV’s MOCKpocalypse, it turns out I had plenty to say. Here’s a sample: