Have you ever thought about opening a comedy club, but don't know where to begin? Most people naively think that you need a good comedian to draw audiences, but really you need good audiences to draw good comedians. There are many common missteps and uncertainties along the path to making your club a staple of your city and have it operating profitably. Where some stray from the path, hold close these suggestions, for they will keep you on the road to success
First, what most people don't realize about comedy clubs is that they don't open huge. Since all you need for a comedy club is a stage, a microphone, a bar, and an audience, its easy to arrange a comedy "room" inside an existing bar or nightclub. This simple fact is great for someone just starting out: the start up costs are low as are the risks. You wont have to spend big bucks a new big screen television, or a fancy complicated sound system. Depending on the size of your city and the loyalty of your audience, your club might only have one performance a week.
Sometimes the population inst too familiar with live comedy, they have yet to experience the contagious laughter in the crowd and the unique experience of a talented comedian entertaining them. Make no mistake, live comedy is an outstanding form of entertainment that will easily spread by word. After attending a show people will tell their friends what a great time they had at the club. Who wouldn't want to have fun at a fresh new venue in town?
As your audience grows and so does your budget, you can expand your schedule, and even look towards moving into your own building. This strategy has guided many of the most successful comedy club owners across the country, and a modest start can turn into a spectacular establishment. You'll be amazed as you watch your business swell with interest and income as word of mouth draws more and more patrons.
To prepare for your eventual success, start with an agency that can see you all the way through. Whether you're working on a trim budget, or looking to book Jay Leno, comedy club booking agencies can find the right comedians for your audience and budget. They have experience doing this, and they know what act at what price is the best fit. As your club grows, you'll book bigger comics, which will draw bigger crowds--a beautiful business plan, indeed.