I’m a comic. I book shows. Here are my TOP 10 TIPS to do more comedy shows!
If you ask to do a show then bookers know you’re serious about working. It never hurts to ask.
From my experience, it seems that often comics are worried about being “annoying” for following up or they forget to follow up. I never get annoyed if comics follow up with me. In fact, it shows me they care. You’re not on my mind, so remind me! Some bookers get hit up like crazy, so follow up…you will stand out!
If you’ve followed up several times and don’t hear back from a booker then either be persistent or move on. I think it’s often situational. Some of these shows come and go, so try not to take it personal because there’ll always be other shows.
3.Simple Message to Bookers
Try to keep it short. Drop a nice line or a few sentences and have a 10 minute clip ready to send, but do not include the clip within the first message. I like messages that are quick/to the point, feel personal, and reflect on the comic's funny personality.
I take pride in the shows I book, so make an effort to make an observation about the show you’re trying to get on because most of the messages we get look like a copy and paste situation with a laundry list of IMDB credits. And most importantly, address the e-mail to the booker’s name.
I understand that clips are hard to nail, but it’s important that bookers can have a clip with decent sound and visual, so if you’re looking to do a longer set on a quality show have a solid 10 minute clip. If you’re new to stand-up and not there yet…be honest. I often let new comics (1-3 years) do a 5 minute set on my show because when I started comics did that for me, so as long as you’re honest where you’re in comedy decent bookers should be open minded.
Once you hear back from the booker try to be positive to whatever they say. Lots of times I’m booked up for a bit, let the comic know to follow up in a few months, and often don’t get a response. A simple, “Thanks for getting back to me,” can go along way.
One time, I let the comic know I’m only booking features and headliners at the moment. That person took offense because they feature, but I didn’t know that, so again, if bookers don’t know you, don’t take what they say personal. Let the conversation reflect on your character, so they’ll want to book you.
Bookers want a quality show, so don’t give them a reason to not book you again. That means, confirm and show up on time.
My personal acceptations to cancelling the day of or a day out on a paid gig:
1) Better paying gig 2) emergency.
*I will never hold those things against comics, but some bookers are different, so if you’re cancelling within a short amount of time the reason should be pretty damn good.
Bottom line, be professional and considerate…whether you’re cancelling, rescheduling, acquiring information just be honest.. We’re all trying to put on a great show and book talented comics, so be professional and honest and you will work more. One time, I caught a comic who lied about the reason he cancelled the day of and I never booked him again.
Just don’t be a pain in the ass. If you’re funny we want to book you, so don’t give us a reason not to book you.
I know as a comedian we do tons of shows and it’s easy to forget to say “thank you,” but as a booker when a comic sends me a thank you note it’s awesome! It’s a super considerate thing to do that reminds us why we love producing comedy shows!
Cookie was adopted from a West L.A. animal adoption event on Pico Blvd. That was 7 years ago. Reggie was adopted 5 years ago at a Pet adoption event for the Castaic Animal Shelter.
What are their personalities like?
Cookie is very playful and loves playing catch and running after tennis balls. Reggie is such a crack up. He won’t come out of the house without one of his doggie toys in his mouth.
Cheers, Cookie and Reggie! These drinks are for you! thank you, NORM JACOBOVITZ (dog parent)
1) (Left) Jalapeño infused vodka with homemade lemonade 1.5oz of vodka and 1oz of homemade lemonade, add ice, shake, strain and put into a glass...add a slice of jalapeño as a garnish. 2) Rose and Domaine De Canton ( French Ginger Liqueur.) 1oz of Rose and 1oz of Domaine De Canton, add ice, shake, strain into glass, and garnish w/ a lime.
All rescues have a unique personality and story, so this is a fun project where I ask friends, comedians, and dog lovers to share a picture of them w/ their rescue and any story they'd like to share as well! I then create and dedicate a cocktail to their rescue! We call this blog, "Cheers to your Rescue."
Our first rescue featured in this blog is my little babe, Abigail. Abigail was surrendered to an LA shelter when she was 7 years old. SoCal Bulldog Rescue picked her up from the shelter and from then on was in great hands. We don't know what happened to Abi those first 7 years, but I can tell you now she has a wonderful life with my husband and I. She sleeps with us in the bed and receives constant belly rubs! She loves day naps, duh! And she shakes her lil booty whenever my mom comes to visit. She is the sweetest dog I've ever had and my BFF!
cheers to you abigail! Here is the, "we make a great pear."
Build in glass, 4 dashes of bitters, 1/4oz. of pear infused simple syrup, 2 oz. of whiskey, stir till cold, and garnish w/ a pear peel. XOXO
TO have your rescue featured in "cheers to your rescue" please e-mail me w/ a picture of you and your pet and any fun/little story you'd like to share!