Sunday, November 11, 2012

Getting paid for stand up comedy

So you want to get paid for doing stand up comedy? I hate to disappoint you, but for most comedians, the money is just not there.

Based on my experience, I will tell you how conversations will usually go with bookers:

"I have a show I'd like to have you do. There's no pay, but you'll get stage time!"

When a booker says this, he is saying you're not getting any money for your work. However, you'll get to practice your craft so you can (hopefully) get paid gigs in the future.

So tomorrow I'm going to shop for a car. When I go to the dealership and the salesman tries to sell me the vehicle I want, here's how it's going to go:

"So you want $35,000 for a 2013 Camaro? Sorry, there's no pay for you this time. Just hand me the keys! I'll get to drive a new car, and you'll get the experience of selling me it! We both win!!! Do we have a deal?"

I'd love to see how that goes.

John Griggs

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