What Comedy Act is Right for My Special Event? How to Choose

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Written by Tim Grable

June 20, 2021

From increasing engagement to providing stress relief and boosting guests’ morale, booking a comedy show for your corporate event offers a wide array of benefits.

However, comedy comes in many different flavors. So, one question that arises is this:

How do I make sure that I pick a comedy act that is right for my special event? 

The following tips will help you answer this question so that you can make the best choice. Let’s get to it!

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Know Your Guests

Are attendees people in their 20’s? Are you a part of an established company staffed by 40- and 50-somethings? Or perhaps your company brings together people of different ages and backgrounds.

Knowing this information will dictate what type of comedy act is best for your event.

For example, suppose you cater to a more mature audience. In that case, you do not want a performer who builds his material around things like dealing with college debt, online dating, break-ups, and other topics that people in their 20’s would relate to.

Instead, consider booking someone like Jeff Allen, whose jokes and overall brand of comedy are likely to appeal to an over-40 crowd.

Likewise, if your audience is mainly made up of millennials, a comedian who tends to harp on aging, struggling to keep up with technology, or dealing with teenage children may not be the best choice.

By contrast, a comedy act by a young performer like Drew Allen could be a much better fit.

For a diverse crowd, a safe choice would be going for observational humor, as this typically appeals to a wide array of audiences.

Research, Research, and Then Research Some More for your Special Event

Dedicating a fair amount of time to research will go a long way when it comes to helping you make an informed decision.

Here are a few destinations you should head on to do your homework on this:

  • YouTube (more and more comedians are posting clips of their work on YouTube, leveraging this platform to reach new audiences. This provides an excellent opportunity for you to see a performer in action.)
  • Dry Bar Comedy (Dry Bar Comedy, a fast-growing comedy network, features performances by some of the hilarious comedians working today. Their always-growing library of comedy shows is an excellent research resource)
  • the performer’s website (always look for reviews from past clients)
  • social media pages,
  • and any other spot that hosts snippets from previous performances and presentation clips can help you better grasp their style as a comedian.

Do a One-on-One Interview

One of the best ways to ensure a comedian is a good fit for you is to have a quick chat with them.

Talking to them directly will help you grasp their personality and charisma and see if their overall vibe resonates with what you have envisioned for the special event.

Also, some stand-up comedians are willing to develop custom content that incorporates specific details of their audience, bringing another level of humor to any event.

Having a direct chat with a performer you are considering provides the perfect opportunity to share a few details about your guests/company – and get a feel of how the performer may include those details in his/her act.

Of course, do not forget to mention any topics that are off-limits as well.

Want to Book the Best Comedy Act? You Can Count on Us

Making that effort to choose the perfect comedian for your needs will make your event more memorable and a more enjoyable experience for all those involved.

We can put you in contact with top comedians who can take any special event from boring to brilliant. Reach out to us today to learn more, and let’s work together to bring the best entertainment on stage at your event.

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