How To Book A Comedian
For a killer Comedy Event
If you are going to
book a comedian
for a corporate event or holiday party there are some things you should know before you start.
Everyone that ever got on stage on open mic night thinks of himself as a comic. While he may have gotten some laughs in front of his friends a corporate event or holiday party could be totally different outcome.
Book a comedian using a professional comedy booking agency. They will know hundreds of established acts that can do a great job. You don’t want someone learning the craft while your reputation is at stake. The professional agency can provide proven acts that have performed at events just like yours. An experienced act will be able to deal with the different situations that can arise during the show with ease.
Before you book a comedian request a promo pack from the act which will show if they have experience with your kind of event. If you are going to book a comedian for a corporate event the act should have experience with large corporate events listed on his promo. If they don’t have anything but comedy club appearances listed be careful. In comedy clubs anything goes and any language is ok. This is probably not the case at the corporate event.
If you use a professional comedy booking agency they will send you a contract that will show the date and time of show. The show will usually last 30 to 45 minuets. It will also show the price agreed on and any other important information. Most will require a 50% deposit in advance of the show and 50% payable prior to the show. Most will have you make the check to the agency and they will pay the talent.
It is an industry standard that you provide a hotel for the talent as well. A professional comic is on the road a lot and nice accommodations are appreciated. Of course if the talent is local that is not necessary.
The venue should have good light and sound. A microphone and stand along with a stool.
Some acts may require other things but this should be spelled out in the contract or the act will supply them.
The comic is responsible to arrive at the venue at least an hour prior to show time. Most will be there much earlier than that. In some cases you may need to pick them up at the airport. This is a good time to tell them about the company or event so they can get some ideas on how to work with the group. If someone in the organization is a practical joker or has a good sense of humor you may want to tell the comic prior to the show.
The live stand up comedy show can bring new energy and fun to your event unlike any other. The comedy show is a great way to break down barriers and allow everyone to share a great experience.