Getting To The Third Anniversary Of Your Comedy Show
If you run a weekly show (no matter if it's one, or ten years in), you know it’s fun, a challenge, and at times, terrible.
The challenge can be making it fun for yourself, because if you're not having any fun, chances are the other people aren't either. Hosting is difficult. You’re introducing people, checking the signup list, making sure the next person is there, and keeping people to their time. It might not be the most fun for you, but if comics are hanging out after they've gone up, and the audience is laughing and sticking around, then you're doing well. Focus on running the show, not hanging out. It might not be the most fun, but watch peoples sets, then you can riff on it to bring people back if needed. You are the grounding force for the night. If people say some crazy shit, call them out on it. If someone looks like a cartoon character, call it out! Tell everyone to give it up for Spinelli from the cartoon show Recess as they get off the stage.
Make it fun for yourself. Sometimes that might mean getting someone to guest host for you. Then you get to be a guest at your own mic.
You can’t focus on the show if the venue needs to be convinced it should happen every week. They should WANT the show. A weekly standoff is a headache. Having a bartender who's down is essential as well. Someone who complains the whole time, even when you shout them out and check in on them, is a real bummer. Some places hate having comedy no matter how much business you bring them. Luckily, the SF Eagle isn’t one of them.
This Wednesday, Sept. 6th is the three year anniversary of Safe Words. We'll have some hot dogs, maybe some pizza, and the show is donation based. We're going to have a different show this time around with as many of the past guest hosts as possible for a fast, fun time. Stop by the SF Eagle at 398 12th street for the happy hour comedy show, “Safe Words” from 6-8pm.