Jim Tews is “The Opener”

Jim Tews is a stand-up comedian from Cleveland looking to take the next step in his career, and this online video series with HBO Labs called "The Opener" documents that process. Sort of. Not really. But it’s a funny look inside the comedy world, with episodes featuring Ian Bagg, Jen Kirkman, Maria Bamford and others. Ian Bagg gave Tews fashion advice. Maria Bamford reveals the secret to finding success is a straight line. Jen Kirkman took time during her Cleveland visit to explain the L.A. comedy scene. Today’s episode has him struggling with the idea of adding a guitar to his act. Enjoy this typically deadpan look at how Tews attempted to get stage time in Los Angeles with the Walsh Brothers:

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