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SAM - Start A Mic
These days, comedy clubs are mostly clustered in major cities—New York, L.A., Chicago, etc.—with a few scattered clubs in smaller cities and college towns around the country. These comedy clubs tend to make life difficult for comedians who are just starting out, since they make booking the most popular comics' shows difficult for up-and-comers. Starting a comedy open mic will help you learn how to get stage time in front of people.
Starting your own comedy open mic will help your comedy career in multiple ways.
Let's be honest, comedy open mics are more often than not a disaster because of the lack of organization and knowledge on stage, even though they are a great way to expose yourself to the comedy world. Starting your own comedy open mic is the best way to learn how to run a successful open mic, make new friends, and learn more about comedy.
There is nothing more valuable to a stand up comedian than stage time.
Stage time is everything. It's a platform that gives you a chance to interact with a live audience and your fellow comic friends. It's the place where you can work through new material, test out new jokes, and get feedback from an impartial audience. It's the place where you can hone your craft and get your feet wet before taking the plunge into the world of comedy clubs.
Practice makes perfect and there's no better practice for a stand-up comic than being in front an audience with a microphone.
Stand-up comedy can be an incredibly tough gig: it requires a fearless commitment to your craft, a willingness to take risks and failure, and the ability to learn from all those mistakes. Sometimes, you’ll even have to endure the criticism of strangers backstage. And even when you do go on, you’re not guaranteed a laugh. What’s a comedian to do? In truth, the best thing you can do is to practice your act, because as they say, “Practice makes perfect”.
Create your own stage time by starting your own open mic.
The more you talk onstage, the more it's going to give you a sense of confidence. And that confidence can translate into a better performance. But it's not easy to get onstage, so start small. When you get a few friends together and perform, you can start to gain a little confidence, develop a better routine and build up your experience. But it's going to take a lot of practice to get to the point where you can go up there with a group and nail it. And that's not to say that you won't make mistakes. You will. And you'll probably make a few embarrassing ones. But if you're persistent, you'll get there.
It's not as hard as you might think.
The process of starting your own open mic is actually quite simple. Essentially, all you need to do is to have an open mic night at your venue, and then make your own schedule for who you want to perform.
There are lots of bars, coffee houses, and restaurants that are looking for ways to get more people into their establishments by hosting comedy open mics.
Ever heard the saying "There's a bar on every corner?" It's true! And it's also true that most people don't go out to bars anymore. Bars serve different purposes in our modern day and age; they've morphed into a place to grab a drink or two, get a little bit of food, and maybe even meet someone. That doesn't mean that the bar experience is lost, though. There are still plenty of bars that are looking for ways to get more people into their establishments by hosting comedy open mics.
Entertainment nights are a great way for them to do that.
Bars, coffee houses, and restaurants are a booming business in this country. Many businesses are overcrowded and feeling the pressure to offer something new, exciting, and innovative. Entertainment nights are a great way for both the venue and the customers to get more people into their establishments by offering an additional night of entertainment.
Look for places that already have music nights or karaoke.
Comedy open mics are popping up all over the place and for good reason: they are a great way for you to get your comedy act out there, get some tips and make some friends. The thing is, you need to know where to go to get a great spot, and also what you can expect from it. We have all been to comedy shows where there are people standing in the back, everyone is talking and the whole place looks like it's half empty. Unfortunately, that's not how a comedy open mic works. A comedy open mic is a stand-up comedy show where you get a chance to show off your act to a crowd and get feedback on your material.
Those places probably have a stage and sound system in place you can use.
If you're looking to host an open mic comedy show, the best place to find an audience is right there in your own community. You can find open mic nights at local comedy clubs, at comedy-centric bars and lounges, or at local venues that host music events as well. If you're new to the comedy scene, chances are there's a show in your area that you can use to promote your own show.
If not, work off the floor and use your own (or a comedy buddies) portable sound system.
If you're like me, you know that getting a great comedy show together is hard work. I have a couple of friends that have started comedy open mics, and we plan every show together. We've used a couple of old portable sound systems and set them up on tables and on the floor. We've also used a few cool home-built sound systems.
By starting a comedy open mic not only will you be guaranteed regular stage time, but your stock will rise in the local comedy community for making such a positive contribution to the scene.
A comedy open mic can be an intimidating place to start. For new comedians, the process of breaking through to the live stage can feel like climbing a sheer mountain. Comic-book heroes are quick to remind their heroes that the journey isn't always easy, but that the rewards are worth it. Taking a similar approach, those who want to get into comedy can start a comedy open mic to build their platform and establish a name for themselves in the local comedy scene.
If you've ever performed stand up comedy, you've probably been told that if you want to get better at it, you should try to get on stage as often as you can. That's because the more you perform, the more you'll improve your comedy, and that will help you increase your comfort level. Of course, the same thing is true for any type of performing art, such as music, acting, or even painting. Developing a routine, getting comfortable on stage, really stretching yourself and trying something new — there are a lot of reasons why getting onstage is a fantastic way to improve.
Make open mics part of your comedy creation process and you'll rise to the top of your stand-up comedy game.
In summary, comedy open mics are an essential element of your comedy creation process. You'll not only find new open mic gigs, but you'll practice your stage presence, joke writing and overall performance.
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