Well at the early stage of your comedy career, you’re probably thinking you’re going to be grateful for any bookings and the venue, ambience and type of audience don’t matter. To a degree this might be true, but you would be better taking the time to find the venue and kind of audience that it best for you. You will surely be appreciated more and personally have a better experience if you find a club with an audience that best fits with your kind of material and routine.
So, when you start trying to attract bookings, there are some things you should be familiar with and some factors you should consider. Do some research on what type of club it is, what other style of stand up comedians perform there and what is generally the make up of the audience.
Check what area you are given to perform on. Particularly if you use physical comedy or need space for props, make sure the stage area is of an adequate size that allows you the space you need to perform with confidence and comfort. If you are cramped or have to inhibit your usual routine and style this is likely to leave you feeling less confident and the audience may sense this and you will struggle to win them over.
If you include any contentious material or obscene language you must always check whether the club accepts this. They will usually advise if they have any rules on content or delivery.
Whilst you are starting out and happy to gain experience, the fee might be less important, but check you are happy with the fee rates the club is offering. Although as with anything in life, you will endeavour to negotiate a decent fee, don’t be too ambitious in your requests and lose an opportunity for a good gig because you’ve been greedy.
If you are serious in pursuing regular bookings, you could consider signing with a comedy club booking agency. These can sometimes prove to be advantageous as they usually have excellent working knowledge of the various venues and opportunities available to you, they have good business contacts and can more easily find the venues that work best for you.
However you decide to proceed, good luck and happy hunting.