FAQs

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How much do comedians cost?

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Probably less than you expect. International Comedians like Jay Leno or Jerry Seinfeld may cost you in excess of $100,000 for one show. And they're kept very busy. You may find a novice local comedian willing to work at your event for $50 and a bar tab. But you really get what you pay for. A reasonable expectation for a professional show is from $1,000 to $10,000 for 20 to 40 minutes of entertainment. Someone less experienced may cost less. Obviously, it also depends on travel time and cost.

Some comedians will also require flights and accommodation. Having said this don’t just limit yourself to a comedian in your local area. Flights today are far more reasonably priced than they used to be, and if you have a lunchtime event, comedians may be able to fly in and out the same day, removing the cost of accommodation

Often a comedian will ask questions before discussing a fee. Don’t be in a rush– we ask because often we’d prefer to perform for less money in front of a smaller group or for a charity and give you the entertainment you deserve, rather than turn the job down entirely. But don’t expect the same treatment if you’re a group of three thousand investment bankers. You won’t provide your expert services to the local small business for a fraction of your normal fee– please don’t hold it against us that we will.

Keep this in mind– you’re probably spending between $30 and $100 per person just for the food, and if you went to see this comedian at a comedy club you would spend between $30-$35 per person.

How much of your budget is going towards the entertainment? Which will be better remembered? What will people be talking about next week or next year? Nobody will remember two weeks later if they ate steak or chicken, or whether the dessert was ice cream or hand-made pastries. But because the comedian gave them a great time they’ll have fond memories of your event.

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Can I speak to the Artist I book prior to the event?

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At Corporate Comedians, the artists we represent are highly professional. As such, they like to be fully briefed on the objectives you have for your corporate event well before the event takes place. While your Corporate Comedians consultant will talk to you at length and complete a full brief, there may also be a need for you to talk over the phone with the speaker you book. If you would like to personally brief the speaker, please ask your Corporate Comedians consultant to arrange a telephone meeting.

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How far in advance should I book a Comedian?

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Most comedians need to be booked at least two months in advance of the event. Some of our higher profile Comedians, MC’s, Hosts and Personalities need to be booked even earlier. As a rule of thumb, the earlier you can book your speaker, the better.

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Do I need to pay a deposit to confirm a Comedian?

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Your chosen Comedian will be confirmed as soon as we receive 50 per cent of the booking fee.

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How do I know what equipment the Comedian, Host, MC or Entertainer will need on the day?

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Every performers needs are different. Your Corporate Comedian consultant will provide you with a list of any equipment or special arrangements required, in writing, when your booking is confirmed. As a rule, most comedians will need a microphone and microphone stand. Preferably the stand should be a straight stand and not a guitarist mic stand. Corded Microphones are prefered to cordless, however if cordless is to be used have a spare microphone ready to go and not just batteries. A stool is also a nice touch on stage and give the performer somewhere close and unassuming place to place his drink.

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Can the Comedian I book stay and mingle after the event with my guests?

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Many of our comedians are happy to mingle with guests before or after an event, or, if appropriate, dine along with guests at the event. However, as many of our comedians often have other engagements to manage, this will need to be discussed and arranged when you first make your booking.