Tips on how to hire or book a comedian
They are a number of ways of hiring a comedian:
There and pros and cons in using any of these methods. More about that at the bottom of the page…… BUT before you contact anyone, you need to think about a number of details that any comedian or agent will want to know:
What type of event is it?
Corporate events cover a wide range of events from after dinner speaking to private parties :
Basically you want one comedian to entertain a crowd of people for 30 minutes. A corporate audience requires a skilled comedian, since they can be difficult to entertain for a number of reasons. The audience is most likely to be there for reasons other than to see a comedian and will cover a wide spectrum of age groups and tastes - you will definitely want a comedian who will NOT offend any particular group and will keep the gags short-and-snappy. This is why you have to pay extra to get a comedian who has experience of working at such events.
A Comedy Club which covers any event where the audience pay to see comedy, normally in a pub/bar atmosphere.
The normal UK structure for running a comedy club show is to provide three comedians and a compere. The timing structure is as follows:
As you can see, within the structure of a comedy club night, there are requirements for different types of comedians. Get the comedians in the wrong order and the evenings entertainment will go flat.
Where is the event?
You also need to think about the layout of the room. Is there a stage? - if not will the audience be able to see the comedians. At the Cheeky Monkey comedy club that I run I don't use a stage since the room layout means it is unnecessary. ALSO, does the comedian need to bring a microphone and PA. Most comedians do NOT have this equipment, so you need to specify if it is required or usually to hire it in yourself.
Finally you need to inform the comedian how many people will be in the audience. Again, the larger the audience, the more difficult it is to entertain, hence the higher the cost of the comedian.
Also, if you have limited budget it is always worth saying this at the start. It means that you won't get Peter Kay, BUT there will be up-and-coming comedians who perform at realistic rates to get the experience.
Who are you and how do we contact you?
How do you hire a comedian?