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Episode 64 with Jennifer Mason

April 14th, 2020

Laughing Into the Dark: Zoom Shows and Comedy in the COVID Era

Comedian and coach, Jennifer Mason and I talk about how to make the best out of online zoom shows, the transformational power of comedy and how everyone has a good "five minute set" inside of them.  Listen as she explains how she uses stand-up comedy as a transformational tool and hear tips for how to make the most out of this COVID age of show business. 

Music by Dan Cantrell.

Upcoming Events:  Register for online events live with Holly Shaw, free during the shelter-in-place orders:  The Comedy Lab Open Mic on Monday nights and the Group Hypnosis for Calm and Clarity During a Crisis on Sunday mornings.


Jennifer Mason

Comedian, Motivational Speaker, Coach


In the process of finding her voice as a 50-something divorced mom of two, Jennifer found unexpected freedom and joy through doing comedy. So she founded Laugh Your Best Life and now performs monthly and coaches other midlife women to overcome stage fright through the techniques of stand up comedy so they can become confident and memorable speakers in a supportive group program. She also helps speakers who want to up level their talks focus their message and shape it into succinct stories with punchlines.

Mission and Purpose

Jennifer is dedicated to helping those who feel unheard and unseen, sharing their vision and message with joy and confidence that will bring them personal and professional success. She will help people transform their fear and discomfort of speaking in a wildly supportive group setting so that they eagerly share their unique message to make a positive impact in their world. For more info, please visit


Holly Shaw, CHT  is a performance coach, creativity researcher and stand up comedian.  Growing up in Indianapolis, IN she convinced her parents she needed to go to Chicago to get her own agent when she was 14 years old and has spent a lifetime in film, T.V. and on professional stages all over the world as an actor, dancer, and director.

Now she shares her passion for the problems that artists face as a Creativity Coach and a Certified Hypnotherapist and has helped hundreds of artists, from Emmy award winning and Grammy nominated artists to world class choreographers overcome their anxiety, stage fright, impostor syndrome, and creative blocks so that they can create original work and totally kill it onstage again and again without feeling like they're selling out or losing their sanity.

In 2016, Shaw wrote and released her book, The Creative Formula: Compose, Choreograph, and Capture Your Masterpiece  which has become an Amazon bestseller.  In 2018 she launched the Performers & Creators Lab podcast which was named one of 2019's most outstanding podcasts by Databird Research. She teaches regularly at the SAG/AFTRA offices in L.A. and SF and runs creative laboratory workshops like the Comedy Lab Open Mic once a month at Monaghan's on the Hill in Oakland. Follow her on Instagram to stay up to date: @hollyshawspritely


Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano and musical saw. “Hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” says the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  His extensive scoring catalogue spans a wide range of emotion and style.


Dan’s compositions for film and television have earned him numerous awards including an Emmy Award for KQED’s Home-Front,a Golden Gate award for the soundtrack to the documentary Divided Loyalties, and an Annie nomination for his work on three seasons of Cartoon Network’s the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.

His Orchestral music was recently featured by the Oakland Symphony, and his chamber music was performed at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the arts, and in Washington DC’s Kennedy Center.  Dan also recently composed a suite of choral music performed by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as part of their yearly concert series. Visit

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