- Unannounced visits (don’t show up because “you’re in the neighborhood.” We have work that might even be promotion for YOUR show! Make an appointment, and be ready to tell us SPECIFICS for your show. Anything that needs to be talked out usually should take 20 minutes tops.)
- Showing up late or last minute for your scheduled spot
- Lazy comics: those who never work new material
- Having no way to contact you (you should have an e-mail and phone that work!)
- Blowing the light
- Venting on stage rather than entertaining (this includes attacking the audience in ANY way, or commenting on the size of the room. As soon as you say the crowd is small, people immediately stop having fun!)
- Calls and e-mails to the point of harassment
- Flexibility for the spot in the lineup (If you’re asked to go first, just do it)
- Overbooking your show
- Entourages in the green room
- Large, last minute comp lists.
- Long E-mails (get to the point!)
- Network with people that have the ear of the booker.
- Don’t monopolize someone’s time in conversation while they’re running a show or working at the club.
- Work with management when they’re trying to pay you (also be nice to everyone on wait staff and the techies. They are all on your side.)
- Recognize that each club has different policies. Don’t assume what works for one place, holds true for us. Ask.
- If you get rejected from a club, you should cherish it. It means you’re either not the right fit, or you need to try something different.
Permalink | 9/15/2009