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The Producer's "Audition Requirements" letter

Next step after you have performed 20 minutes of bits 50-100 times successfully before a live audience:
Audition for M.C. work at clubs that have not seen your act; i.e., places where you have not done their open mics nor their showcases.

In short, for your pre-audition performances, avoid open mics at full-time comedy clubs.
Reason: such open mics are often unofficial auditions for work at that club.
If you fail even once there, the general expectation is that you will take a year before you are ready.
Therefore, do not risk a bad performance at such open mics as it can cost you a year!

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When comics inquired about working the clubs I booked through 2002, we sent them my "AUDITION PROCEDURES" letter which appears below.
Source: The Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy by Jim Richardson, ORGANIZED COMEDY Press, copyright 1990-2014, pages 440-441.
This material may not be reprinted without written permission and must include author credit.

This audio/workbook package includes 2 hours and 21 minutes of audio and 600 pages of workbook.
Comics call this "the Big Red Book!"
It is included in my Home Study Program of 1,200 workbook pages and 21 hours of audio.

AUDITION PROCEDURES

ORGANIZED COMEDY produced 3-comic shows without guest sets. Therefore, the only way to apply for work was by audition video:

Please send a DVD video or link to your online video, etc.; but must be the same length as the job you are auditioning to fill:
     
M.C.: 20 minutes (we particularly need more M.C.'s)
     Middle Act: 30 minutes
     
Headliner: 45-60 minutes

Be sure to mark the video with:
     Your name, phone number, cell phone number, mailing address, web site address and email address.
     Date recorded at club
     Name of club, town and state
     Video length (please be accurate)
     Position for which you are auditioning

We want to see every move you make, hear every word you speak, and clearly hear:
•the MC's introduction, the audience response during your act, plus all of your exit applause.
•Please check the DVD copy against the original video to make sure everything got properly recorded onto the DVD copy before mailing.
•If you want it back, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Enclose with your audition video the usual press packet materials:
     Photo
     Resume: name, phone number, cell phone number, mailing address, web site address and email address
          Radio, TV, Film credits
          Comedy contests won or placed runner-up
          Quotes from newspapers, radio and TV personalities, and/or famous people
          One line poetic description of your stage persona that sells the character so the audience will want to see him/her!

RATING CRITERIA

We are primarily interested in the audience's laugh pattern and the quality of your material.

Audience Laugh Pattern a.k.a. "Laughs per minute" (LPM):

For our M.C. positions, we are looking for a minimum average of 2 solid laughs (3-4 seconds each of laughter/applause) per minute, before you cut off the last second of response.

At least twice during the set, we expect to see a big laugh (5-9 seconds) which is scored as 2 solid laughs. Great laughs (10 seconds or better) are scored as 2 big laughs (= 4 solid laughs).

These standards hold for Middle Act and Headliner positions as well, except we want more big and great laughs.

Suggestion: Do not let the laughter or applause die out. Standing there and waiting until a titter (1-2 seconds of laughter) wanes into 3-4 seconds of scattered audience response still scores as a titter.

Exit applause:

Be sure to include all your exit applause on your audition video.
For a Saturday night in front of 250 or more people, we expect the following exit applause:
     
M.C.: 15 seconds
     
Middle Act: 20 seconds
     
Headliner: 25-35 seconds, or better

Once you are accepted to work for us, your every performance will be evaluated to make sure you are keeping up the above standards.

Quality of material:

We are actively interested in replacing comics on our roster who use blue material that bores audience members over forty and offends some over sixty.
You can't tell whether or not you're funny to all the community if most of the audience is under 25.

What is "blue material"? Simply put, gratuitous swear words and any graphic genitalia; i.e., summer camp humor:
• The kids in the audience yell and applaud.

Those who are put off by the blue material remain silent.
But you can hear their comments as they exit the club after the show, what they really think.
If you have questions about particular bits of yours,
•feel free to call us to check it out.

We are also strongly prejudiced in favor of comics employing:
•social commentary and
•bits dealing with relationships in their act.
To us, this is an art form as much as it is a business.


8-)

We're looking forward to receiving your audition video.

To Laughs,

Jim Richardson

NOTE: If you are not yet ready to meet these standards, please do not send your video now.
If you do, we may not look at another audition video of yours for a year.
So, time the audience response before you mail your video.

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Calendar | Video: tips | Endorsements: tips | Coaching & Co-Writing | Coaching order form | About Us
Lessons 1-35: Descriptions | Register: Lessons 1-4 | Register: Lessons 5-8 | FAQ | Contact Us

Sub Headings: even more tips!
Studying Comics | Comedy Roots | Comeback? | Defense | Character mask | Robin | Censorship
Writer's block | Camcorder Coaching | Memorizing | Remembering | Stage Movement: setting a bit
Business | Business Cards | Your Web Site | Open Mics | Evil "Bringer Shows" | Audition | MC tips
Promo Packet | Contact media | Interviews | How to get BIG-$ Gig$ | Agents vs. Managers
Newsletter | Goodies | Auditioning: TV & Movie parts | Site Map: more tips
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Jonthan Winters | Joan Rivers | Hecklers