1. What is my budget?
When you are looking how to organize a comedy show, one of your greatest things to know is your budget. How much can you spend on this event? Is this a work event or a passion project you are hosting? Either way, you will need to know how much you can and CANNOT spend.
The budget will affect how many people you can invite, the venue you select, and any extras you add to this event such as food. The budget will also dictate the level of comedians you have performing. Are you thinking of inviting your friend from college who was funny? Or are you considering hiring a professional comedian who is hilarious? Your budget will most likely dictate how you answer these questions when planning a comedy show.
2. Who’s coming to the comedy show?
When planning a comedy show, your guest count is extremely important. Your guest count will affect what venue you choose and the cost of food if you choose to have a caterer for your event. You will need to decide is the event for work or pleasure. Am I going to invite everyone I know or is there only a select number of guests. Most times when inviting guests there is a plus one option. Keep in mind that this could greatly increase your number of guests if everyone brought an extra person.
3. Where is the comedy show going to take place?
Location. Location. Location. Your location is important! Where is the comedy show going to take place? Are you looking for a Comedy Club in Los Angeles or more of a local spot by the beach? Either way, here are some questions to ask as you search for the perfect venue when planning a comedy show:
- What is the theme of your event?
- How many guests are you expecting?
- What does the venue provide?
- Is parking available?
- Does the venue provide the furniture I need?
When looking for any venues for events, make sure to do your homework. Don’t settle on just looking at the pictures found on a website. Ask for a walk-through of the venue BEFORE you sign any contracts. You never want to be surprised on the day of your event. Also, make sure to ask for all the fees that will be included in the cost. Most venues require a cleaning fee, security fee, and coordinator fees. Some will also require and AV technician fee. All these additional costs help to provide a smooth event. However, you want to know about them before your payment is due.
4. What vendors do I need for a comedy show?
What is a comedy show? Typically, a comedy show is simply one person or a group of people performing jokes for others to enjoy. So why would you need other vendors? Well, here are some things to remember. The longer your guests are present at the event, the hungrier they will get. Having some type of drink and even snacks is a great idea. You can decide if you want to have a full meal; either way, make sure to have something to drink and snack on.
Some events even have fun opportunities to take pictures. There are many vendors such as these who can provide a balloon arch or a photo both corners These create memorable moments for people to post later about your event for more exposure.
These are just a few questions to ask when you are planning a comedy show. Here is another great article to read to help answer more questions about this same topic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can I host a last-minute comedy show?
A: We can make anything happen! Any event can be put on last minute; however, the more time in advance will cause for a smoother planning process.
Q: Is parking really that important?
A: Parking is important. The more parking available for your guests, the better. However, if parking is not available (or outside your budget), there are other options. Make sure to check around your desired venue. There is most likely some street parking or an affordable lot nearby. Another option is to suggest in the invitation for your guests to carpool or catch an Uber. Even with limited parking, you can still have a great event!