Performing stand-up comedy is difficult. Duh.
Navigating the complexities and personalities of the comedy scene only adds to your list of challenges. There is no road map, and the keys to success are few and far between. Despite this, you’ve decided to make a go of it anyway. Every comic will tell you the only way to improve is to get on stage. Every. Single. Night.
But what if you can’t get enough stage time? Open mics are a wonderful resource, but you’ll rarely find an audience that isn’t composed entirely of comics. “Bringer” shows (a show where you bring an audience in order to perform) are another option, but do you have 10 friends who will pay to see you perform? Do you have 10 friends at all?
If you’re struggling to get booked, book yourself. Don’t sit around waiting for the opportunity to be on someone else’s show — start your own. Applying a DIY mentality to comedy will be your quickest path to progress.
This guide to producing your own comedy show will cover:
- Finding a venue. (In times of war, any hole is a trench.)
- Booking talent. (Facebook is your best friend.)
- Naming your show. (Puns suck.)
- Building an audience. (How to motivate people to get off their couch.)
- Creating a vibe. (What makes you so fucking special?)