Here’s How to Have a Successful Comedy Event

December 17, 2018

Looking for some tips to make sure your next comedy event goes off without a hitch? Here are some suggestions we’ve compiled to help make your comedy event the best experience it can possibly be. Sure, it’s not always going to be possible to adhere to every one of the guidelines you see below, and any good performer’s still going to give you a good show even if some of these guidelines aren’t met. But as a general rule, the more you do to follow these guidelines, the better a chance you have to make the event a successful evening of entertainment.

Here are a few examples of some of these guidelines.

Bring in the right act for the event

Make sure the act is familiar with the kind of audience that will be in attendance, including their sensibilities. A great comedian in Phoenix, AZ that focuses on parenthood and marriage, for example, will probably not resonate well with a group of high school students. A very funny comic who has no understanding of who they are performing for may well have a less than stellar set. An award-winning, nationally recognized comedian that cannot perform clean will not work well with a very conservative audience. Bringing in the right act is the first step for success.

Provide the act with an attentive audience

This may seem obvious, but there are several things that people sometimes do not think about. A comedy act is a bit like a movie. Noises, talking and other distractions greatly inhibit other audience members from enjoying the show.

Here are some specific ways to ensure the audience is attentive:

  • Make sure everyone has a clear place to sit and has a clear view of the performance. Standing audience members tend to move around and talk, both of which can be very distracting to the performer and, more importantly, to the rest of the audience.
  • If this is a dinner show, it’s best to start the performance after dinner service. People do not laugh while eating, and comedy is very reliant on the energy generated by the laughter.
  • Remove all distractions whenever possible. Common examples of these distractions include video monitors, servers who talk loudly, unnecessary bar noises, people walking in between the audience and the performer, people who are talking (even if they’re in the back of the room) and other such issues.

Appropriate staging

Creating the right atmosphere is essential to having a successful act and an attentive audience. The performance area should be very easily seen by all audience members. It should be brightly lit, with the rest of the room dimmed or in darker lighting to ensure the stage draws the most visual attention. The performer should have plenty of sound so everyone in the audience can hear them easily.

These are just a few of the most important guidelines that go into running a successful comedy event. For more tips and information, contact Mike James Comedy, LLC, an established comedian in Phoenix, AZ.

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