I have been doing stand up comedy for eight years. For those of you just starting out, I can tell you from experience that you will sometimes experience gaps of several months between paid gigs. No matter how funny you are, it is very likely this will happen.
The great news is that there are many ways to supplement your income during your off time. Also, you can even use your comedic genius to make money! Here are a few ways to do this:
1. Write a funny blog that helps advertise companies.
I got my first opportunity doing this responding to an ad off of Craigslist. It took just a few minutes to write each post, and BOOM I had cash in my PayPal account a few days later! These are my money making posts:
Buying a home in the current economy
Getting around in Phoenix Arizona
2. Write jokes for websites and/or other comedians
I wrote an original joke for a poker website a few years ago. It took a couple of weeks, but they actually paid me for just a simple, corny one liner. The joke?
My Mom’s sister fell asleep during a poker game. I yelled “Auntie Up!”
You can also write jokes for other comedians. I know of other comedians that have made some pretty good cash doing this. If you have a talent for writing jokes for others, you can make money too. There are some totally awful comedians out there that could use services like these. Hell, if you can convince a few of these unfunny people in the Phoenix area to utilize your talent, *I* will pay you!!!