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44 I'm about to go out on the road. Any tips, Lawrence/Steve??




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This article is from the Stand-up Comedy FAQ, by Steven Rosenthal and Steve Silberberg (stevebo@onramp.net) with numerous contributions by others.

44 I'm about to go out on the road. Any tips, Lawrence/Steve??

A.

* Get delivery menus to the nearest pizza place, chinese place or
whatever.
* Have a calling card because most condos don't have phones you can dial
out.
* Ask the desk clerk for a room on the top floor, away from the
housekeeping closet, vending machines, and elevators. That will be the
quietest room in the hotel.
* Carry a fan for "white noise" so it is easier to sleep if the hotel or
condo is loud.
* When the gig's in the hotel, and they try to stick you in a meeting
room with a murphey-bed, and they try to use the line "Sorry, but this
is what we assign as 'comp' rooms", try politely replying, "My room is
not comped, it's part of my compensation, just like my paycheck." 9
times out of 10, that will work.
* When you bring some chippie back to the hotel/condo for a one-night
stand, hide your jewelry and wallet while she's in the bathroom.
* On Saturdays The Instant Oil Change place is usually managed by a
young assistant manager. They will usually trade passes for an oil
change.
* Eat at alot of happy hours.
* Become a AAA delux member. You may need the free 100 mile tow.
* You can pull the corner of carpet up in most hotel rooms and hide
money, it can easily be put back on the tack strip
* Tip the bartender or waitstaff that serves you.
* Bring your laptop to the show. No telling how many people have keys to
the condo.
* Before you go buy smut, check under the mattress in your hotel room,
salesman buy mags, and don't want to take them home so they put them
under the nattress where the maid can't reach.
* Be polite to the staff at the club, not only is it the right thing to
do, but many club owners listen to them about the comics. If two
comics are of equal talent, one is a dick and one is a good guy, who
do you think is coming back?
* When a club offers you a fistful of free passes to give away to
promote the show, there are creative ways to distribute them. If you
are aware of how the barter system works, you can often trade free
passes to one of your shows for pizza, sandwiches, games of bowling,
old magazines, discounts in the mall and more.
* Write your name on the passes you distribute, and tell them they need
to use it this week. People are more likely to come out that week,
giving you a bigger crowd. And all those passes with your name on them
at the box office tends to impress the management.

 

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