1. If you believe you always kill, quit. If you truthfully believe every time you go on stage you murder the room and that your act is flawless, then you don’t need to be a comic anymore. You did it. You reached top score. You are also delusional.
I was never a Marc Maron fan, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s funny. You can realize someone’s talents without being a fan. I know Lance Armstrong is great at bike riding. I’m not a fan but I know he’s great. Obviously Maron is talented. He’s been is the game 25 plus years […]
This week’s advice column will be short, but it might be the most important and helpful advice I can ever give a developing comic… Don’t stay in one place!
Comedy show line ups usually consist of three roles. Host, feature (or middle) and closer. The hosting spot is usually given to the least experienced of the three, which to me was always odd because I feel that hosting is possibly the most important role on the show. If the host doesn’t do his job […]
To all the comedians, club owners, managers, and fans of comedy that read my weekly articles. Thank you. Thanks to the young comics who come up to me after shows and thank me for writing the articles. Who thank me for sharing which articles helped them. Those who thank me for talking about subjects that […]
Comedy is a tough business. If you are pursuing a career as a comic, you have a much greater chance of not “making it” than “making it.” I use quotes because making it doesn’t have a true definition, it’s whatever you believe the comedy goal to be.
Once you start stand up comedy, it consumes you. You want to do it all the time. But there isn’t always stage time available. And not being able to release your comedy juices can be frustrating and can make a comic insane. Make sure you are doing something comedy related every day. It will help […]
This has been coming up a lot lately in my local comedy circle. I’m sure it is something local bookers all over deal with, and really good amount of club bookers as well. It seems like it shouldn’t and wouldn’t be a problem. But it is.
When do you start making money? This is the question asked or thought many times by almost every comic when they first start out, and the answer they usually get from more seasoned local comics is “comedy is a marathon, not a sprint.” Or “if you are in this to make money, then quit now.” […]