would be horrified to find
he just paid good money to see a "bringer show"!
Shows" & "Pay-to-Play Shows"
Than the already discredited Open Mic system
Failed open mics either get cancelled or, worse:
deteriorate down to "bringer shows" or "pay-to-play" business "deals."
The comics are either asked to bring x-number of paying audience members
to pay a small fee out of their pocket for the right to perform.
The first exercise is useless as no one is going to come see you do exactly the
same routine next week.
Not even if you pay their admission and buy their drinks which will cost you
$30 each x 5 people = $150!
And some clubs require 10 bringers/show.
If you show up with 9 people, you will not get on and your friends will not get
their money back.
Paying to play or working on staff for free to get stage time is just plain stupid.
Before you do that, clean up your act so you can join a service club,
their circuit of club chapters.
You at least get a free meal.
The only slightly less evil Open Mic System:
Keeping hope alive!
It is hard to predict whether or not a new Open Mic will be successful.
There are just too many variables between the organizational and marketing ability
of the open mic producer and the club owner.
Ideally, the producer hires good MCs who keep the show moving within strictly enforced time limits
and a balanced set order between strong and weak performers.
That said, most weekly one-nighters . . . be they open mics, showcases or professional shows . . .
•either make it or don't during the first two (2) weeks.
•Therefore, the efforts to ensure that the first two shows are well promoted
and professionally run is crucial.
Trying to make up for a casual approach to these business essentials weeks down the road seldom works.
Then, there is the problem of the general poor quality of open mics themselves.
Too many beginner mistakes comic-after-comic can exhaust the most supportive of audiences,
especially at neighborhood bars that cater to the same local folks.
If they see the same comics week-after-week performing the exact same sets,
that alone will soon reduce audience size.
"But Mr. Producer, to make an open mic last longer,
could you simply get all
new comics each week?"
said than done.
"Mr. Producer, can you just ask that comics you regularly have available
all new material every week at your open mic?"
None of the open micers will even hear your request.
To have a real business plan that can make more open mics last longer before doing the slow fade to oblivion,
•the comics themselves need to accelerate their technical development.
WARNING: if you master all these techniques, comedy clubs desperate for competent
will hire you away from the Open Mics.
Then, where will you be?
I'll tell you where:
If you are not very careful, you could end up making a career out of this.
Your fellow open micers will never forgive you.
Unless, of course, you can get them non-paying Guest Sets at your professional
•where you will be forced to accept money for performing.
Gee, doesn't that sound just awful?
Here are a few writing
and performing tips you can do . . . well before you hit that next
open mic stage.
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