This article is part of a a series: From Open Mics to Paid Gigs.
Ideas that help new comics understand how stand-up comedians get paid for gigs.
Most comedians in the United States get started by performing on open mic comedy shows. One of the first signs of progress is getting booked for a comedy showcase. Sometimes, these showcases are paid gigs. Like you, most comedians transition From Open Mics to Paid Gigs.
- This article helps you transition your stand-up comedy, joke writing, and comedy show business skill to improve your ability to perform funny stand-up comedy, write professional comedy material and get re-hired for gigs.
First, let’s make sure everyone knows the difference between an open mic and a paid gig.
- Open mic comedy show – a show where people try stand-up comedy
- Paid Gig – a professional comedy performance
Let’s get started!
Some differences between open mic comedy shows and paid gigs.
- At an open mic, the audience expects new people that are unprofessional.
- The audience at a paid gigs expects you to be professionally funny.
You did it!
You completed the first section of From Open Mics to Paid Gigs.
- In this article you learned about some of the basic steps comedians take to advance past open mics.
- Hopefully, you learned that audiences have different expectation for open mic comedians and pros.
- For everyone’s benefit, you’re going to write a ton of funny jokes and crush your sets.
- Write more jokes, hit the open mics, and if you liked this article please continue to enjoy the series.
Check out the Comedy101 series From Open Mics to Paid Gigs
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 #1 | Local Comedy Showcase
- Differences between open mics and paid gigs
- Developing enough material for gigs
- Comedy Writing Challenge
- Show Business Challenge
Scenario #2 | Getting Booked as an Opening act
- How professional comedians adapt their material to the audience
Scenario #3 | Getting Booked at All-Stars Comedy Club
- What’s a Media Kit or EPK?
- What to do when a comedy show booker says, “Send me your avails.”
- Adapting your set for comedy clubs
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