Episode 225 AJ Finney

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This week on the show I talk to AJ Finney. Plus, Hmmm, good point, fake advice for new comics, and some other great podcasts you should check out and Fake Advice for New Comics. Check out the show on Blacksky Radio Wed. at 7 PM Central time or on Stitcher Radio. Feel free to email me at hey_snowflake@yahoo.com or catch me on twitter @hey_snowflake. Also, check out the Comedy A-Go-Go on facebook and now onYoutube. Check .If bored Green Room Radio podcast network where you can find Comedy A-Go-Go. Check out and visit the Jacksonville Comedy Collective and make sure to friend them on faceboo

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So you want to put on a comedy show?

As someone who moved from Kansas City, MO where there were several opportunities to get stage time and work on their craft as a comic to Valdosta, GA where the closest mic was over an hour away. I thought I would try and create a community in my town. In order to do that there needed to be an open mic and I would have to start booking shows and over the past couple of years it has not been easy trying to balance work and comedy in a town where you are the comedy scene. After running an open mic in Valdosta for a couple of years I was getting burned out for several reasons so I quit doing it and when people would ask when will the open mic come back. I would reply that I am working on bring it back knowing that I had no desire to run an open mic anytime soon. Even though I did not want to run an open mic I did want to try and put together a monthly show. Here are some things you need to consider if you are thinking about producing a show in the city you live in.

Plan

Putting together a show includes finding a venue, booking the show, and marketing. There are also some issues that come up that you cannot plan for, but have to deal with. Think about long term and short term goals you may want to achieve. One of my long term goals is to make Valdosta a spot for national touring comics. I know that does not happen just because I have a monthly show. In order to get to that I needed to book strong regional acts and create a show that people want to come to. I have been working to create a show that people want to come to both the audience and comics, because every comic that I book has to drive a minimum of an hour to get to Valdosta.

Venue

I am sure you can think of a bar or two in your town that has a stage and a PA system, but that does not mean that they would be great for a comedy show. Before you approach the owner and try and get a date for a show do your research. Go see a show there and see what the customers and staff are like and be honest with yourself and ask if you would be the right place for a comedy show. If you think you found a venue before you talk to the owner or manger have a pitch ready and let them know your plan and do not over promise. When you are finally ready to talk to the venue make sure you find out their expectations are. If it does not sound like a good deal, no matter the reason do not be afraid to move on and find another venue. You want to find a place where both you and the bar will be happy. They need to make money to pay the staff and pay for the electricity and you need a stage and need to pay the comics make sure both are getting what they want and are happy about it.  

Booking

When I committed to doing a monthly show I knew I wanted to put on a 90 minute show so I wrote down every comic that I felt had a solid 20-30 minutes of material. I wanted to produce a show that people would want to come back to. So, when booking you have maintain some sort of quality control and learn to say no when people start asking for spots. A Jacksonville, FL comic Chris Buck and I were talking about booking shows one time and said “When I ask someone to be on a show it is on me, when someone asks to be on the show it is on them”. That stuck with me, because when you produce the show you have to worry if the audience and the bar happy with the show, because they do not care if you are friends with the comics they want to be entertained. There will be people pissed at you for not booking them; comics and especially open micers are sensitive assholes. Make sure you think long term if you want to make a go of your show.

Marketing

When I was planning out doing my show I considered the marketing for the show. I wanted more than just a flyer thrown together on a word document that would be posted on a Facebook invite.  I work hard to creating flyers that look like rock show flyers that I can hang around town and at the venue. I also do the social media announcement stuff and I started collecting email addresses after each show. It is important to remember the best marketing any show can do is word of mouth. It is also important to know that building up an audience takes time and you have to build a reputation of putting on quality shows.

When producing a show there are many other issues that need to be considered, but the key is having a specific plan and executing it so that can create a place where comics want to come and perform. 

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