From Open Mics to Paid Gigs (Series)
How to be funny when you get booked for comedy shows.
- This series of articles explains how new comedians transition from open mics to paid gigs.
After performing open mic comedy shows, many comedians want to get booked for comedy shows with more stage time.
Bonus: Sometimes the comedians get paid for these gigs.
- Are you performing on open mic comedy shows?
- Would you like to get paid gigs?
- Do you want to be funny when you get hired to perform comedy?
From Open Mics to Paid Gigs is a series of articles created by me, Chuck Roy!
I’ve produced and booked award winning comedy shows featured in:
- Huffington Post
- Denver Post
- And the Onion A/V club
My specialty is booking and producing comedy showcases starring internationally known comedians and first-time comics that make break-out performances.
This series is for:
- Stand-up comedians with a strong desire to transition from open mic comedy show to performing on paid gigs.
- New comedians that want to know what it takes to be a pro.
- Professional comedians that want to improve their booking strategies.
Click here to see all the posts in the series, “From Open Mics to Paid Gigs”
From Open Mics to Paid Gigs uses realistic scenarios to help you write material and develop the comedy show business tools you need to get booked for gigs.
- Each scenario challenges you to book a new gig!
- Try getting booked for a Local Comedy Showcase!
- Up your game in a simulation to get booked at All-Stars Comedy Club!
- Get private coaching to help you develop material for gigs!
How this article helps you transition From Open Mics to Paid Gigs:
- The series of articles uses realistic scenarios and simulations to help you prepare for gigs.
- Read or skim through the pages. Look at the pictures. Watch videos. There are many ways and styles to learn the same material.
- At the end of most sections there is a Comedy Writing Challenges and Show Business Quiz.
- The Comedy Writing Challenges and Show Business Quizzes help you prepare for the webinar.
- You’ll practice your comedy, write jokes and work on your Media Kit.
- After you successfully complete the activities, you’ll have a good understanding of which comedy show business skills are your strengths. Plus, you’ll know which skills need improvement.
- At open mics, you can work on your stage presence, joke writing and showcasing.
- Off stage, you can improve your ability to promote your gigs and book shows.
- Staying active with Comedy101 social media should help you stay connected to other comedians who can help you build your network of comedy show bookers, producers and other people who hire comics.
What could you do if this happened to you?
You get a message from a professional comedian because they want to book you for a comedy show. “Hey, I think you are funny. Will you do my gig at G. Willakers Sports Pub next month? It’s a 10-minute spot that pays $25.”
Comedy Writing Challenge
The comedian tells you they’ve seen your act, know that you are new, yet, they have a strong desire to book you. Awesome! Since G. Willakers is close to your neighborhood, you can easily get to the gig and perform.
It’s a 10-minute spot, what’s a good thing that you can do to start preparing enough material?
What do you think?
You’re booked for a comedy show at a brewery. The brewery pays one of the comics a fee. But the brewery doesn’t charge the audience for tickets. Some of your friends say you’re not performing on a professional comedy show because the audience isn’t buying tickets.
Is this an example of a professional comedy show?
Congratulations! You completed the first section of From Open Mics to Paid Gigs!
Now that you’ve conquered this first challenge. you can successfully complete the rest of this series.
START HERE: From Open Mics to Paid Gigs (Series)
- Moving from Open Mics to Paid Gigs
- How some open mic comedians get booked for paid gigs
- What do you need to get booked for paid gigs?
- One secret to getting booked for your first stand-up comedy show
Scenario | Local Comedy Showcase
- Differences between open mics and paid gigs
- Developing enough material for gigs
- Comedy Writing Challenge
- Show Business Challenge
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