have not produced stand-up comedy shows
since Spring 2002; therefore, please:
do NOT send me your materials.
This information is provided only as an example for would-be comedy producers and stand-up comics auditioning for work from said producers.
Although this letter was sent out to comics I had already hired between 1977-2002, it will give the comic auditioning for work in their local area an idea what the club producer needs in your promo packet.
Note: if you get a color photo printed in the local newspaper, you may very well catch the attention of a Meeting Planner looking to book a clean comic for a corporation's annual convention. This pays roughly 10 times what you get for club work.
So, if you hold back inexpensive promotion materials which the producer will get in the press for you at no cost to you other than the photo itself, your business plan is penny-wise-and-pound poor.
In short, expect to plow 20% of your annual comedy income back into your business.
In the early years, that percentage may well be 1,000% of your comedy income which will hopefully pay off in succeeding years.
I will shortly add to this web page: the letter I sent out to comics auditioning for work.
It will include the requirements for laughs-per-minute, seconds of exit applause and other hints from the producer's point-of-view which will put you "in-the-know".
If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to email me: jim@JimRichardson.com
ORGANIZED COMEDY, P.O. Box 992, Mill Valley, CA 94942-0992
REQUEST FOR PHOTOS FROM COMICS
Phone number (if changed): (_____)___________________
Address (if changed):_________________________________
I have checked my files. Yours is short the number of 8" x
and white photos I need to adequately promote shows.
Option: you may also include color photos.
Many photos may be out to clubs and newspapers at this time. Some get returned, some do not. However, I need to continually expand bookings as a comedy producer. To do so, I must always have on file the following number of photos for each performer:
1) Headliners: 20 photos. You currently have only _____ on file. Please make up the difference by immediately mailing me
2) Middle Acts/Feature Acts/Openers, M.C.'s and Paid Guest Sets: 12 photos. You currently have only _____ on file. Please make up the difference by immediately mailing me _____ more.
Please send me _____ photos ASAP.
In addition, please enclose one (1) copy for updates on any new:
TV and film credits
that you may have received since I last got any information from you.
Epithet (or epitaph!)
has changed, please send me an update on those as well.
One copy of these items is plenty, since I can xerox extras.
Thank you for your help with the business part of Show Business.
Jim Richardson, producer
Maps and directions to upcoming bookings you have made through ORGANIZED COMEDY.
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