Booking A Comedian can be a little overwhelming. Buy following some very simple steps you can make organising your next event a lot easier.
The days of Corporations throwing parties consisting of some over price, gourmet finger food, a few beers and some polite small talk between office factions, is a thing of the past.
Companies are looking to give more to their Staff and Clients, and one of the best ways to do that is with Comedy.
A great comedian can turn your next Corporate Event into the most talked about party of the year.
Nothing brings a room of people together faster than laughter. So how do you get the right Comedian for your next event?
The first place to start is with an agency that deals exclusively with Comedians. An agency that can also provide you with a band, juggler, two magicians and a petting zoo, may not have the in-depth knowledge of the comedy industry that you need to ensure the right comedian arrives at your event.
They say comedy is all about timing. In this instance, we want to make you aware that good comedians can book several months in advance, so if your considering having a comedian at your next event, start planning early. The more time you give yourself, the more likely you will be able to book the comedian you want.
Just like any other position you may need filling at your company, you will need the comedian to have some references. These references should not only be positive, but should show a diversity of audiences. For example, a comedian who performs regularly in Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney comedy clubs, has performed at a couple of different corporate events successfully and may also work on Cruise Ships, is a comedian that has proven themselves over a large demographic, and is someone who you should feel safe with at your event.
SAMPLE THEIR WARES
Thankfully we live in an electronic age, where videos are available on our phones. Every professional comedian will have video of them performing online. Either on their own personal website or on Youtube, an example of their work is available. While you are watching the videos, think about your clients and staff, will they find this funny?, are you finding it funny?, how is the crowd in the video responding? If your answer to all of these questions is positive that’s a big tick for the comedian suggested.
TELL THEM WHAT YOU WANT
Comedians are not mind readers, that’s a completely different performance, and for the record, not real. It is important that you let the comedian know what it is your organisation or group need from them clearly and early on in the process. Once this happens, and the comedian understand what your needs are, they will be able to tailor their performance to meet those needs.
Once you have done all your research and have explained all of your needs, it is important to ensure that you have a contract and that you are happy with it BEFORE YOU SIGN IT.
Most professional comedians require Travel and Accommodation, that is usually added on top of the performance fee. This will be clearly stated on the contract. Payment of a deposit at the time of booking is also common practice. The company should spell out clearly, its Cancellation policy, should either party need to cancel the performance.
A good contract will also include needs the comedian has ie, microphone stand, small table or chair ect, as well as needs you expressed during the negotiation stage. It is important that you read all of any contract you enter into.
If you have any questions you should always contact the agency immediately to get the matter resolved.
If you do your homework and work with an agency that is dedicated to the provision of high-quality comedians, your next event is guaranteed to be a success.