E17: What To Do When You Aren’t Getting Booked

I honestly thought about calling this episode “Why All Bookers Are Assholes.”

Don’t even stress about whether you are getting booked if you are less than two years in. Some Bookers have rules about “time served.” It won’t matter how well you land with an audience at an open mic. Your stats could be amazing and they still won’t book you until you have a couple years under your belt. Especially in bigger cities.

I refer you to previous episodes:

E2 – Basic Rules of Stand Up Comedy

E3 – What the F To Wear

E4 – What Makes A Good Set

E6 – What I Look For As A Booker.

If you listen to these four episodes and are confident you are hitting all of these marks then it’s time to talk to the Booker. Any Booker should be happy to honestly communicate with you about what you can do better. Take this feedback openly and without being defensive. This feedback is important.

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E14 – Chatting with Jessica Taylor

Jessica is a staple in the Bend comedy scene! We talk about her first open mic, advice for new comics and dating life! We were going to record this live, but the weather took a sh*t on Central Oregon. So, we are both cozy in our own homes!

You can find Jessica on Instagram at @therealjesstaylor!

Got a question for your comedy mom? E-mail us at comedymompodcast@gmail.com!

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E13 – Why Open Mics Are Important

It’s easy to start dismissing open mics when you’re getting “paid gigs.” Some people see open mics as only auditions for bookers. I am making a passionate case for why this is not true. All stage time is good stage time. Get all the stage time you can! Besides, you need to go see your Comedy Mom at least once a week. She misses you.

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E12 – Self Deprecating Humor: It’s A Good Thing

We are talking all about self deprecating humor. What it is, how it helps, and how to keep it from going too far. Using examples from her own material, Katy Ipock helps demystify writing jokes about yourself. Plus, Comedy Mom gets a little passionate at the end talking about the true purpose in the world as stand up comedians.

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E11 – What You Should Record Every Set

When sports teams want to get better the coach sits them down and makes them watch game footage. Watching yourself play is the best way to see what your doing and where you can improve. Comedy is exactly the same way. The best way to see where you can get better as a performer is to watch (or listen) to your sets. Truly and honestly analyzing your sets will help you grow your talent and skills. Seriously. Record every set.

E10 – How To Act Like A Pro In This Funny Business

This episode could also be titled “How To Stay On A Booker’s Good Side. ‘ Acting professionally isn’t dependent on your talent and/or skill level. Whether you are an open micer or on the road, you can follow this guidelines and behave like a true professional. You are probably an open micer if you are listening to this, so definitely get into these habits now. “Practice How You Play” is great advice for sports teams, but also great advice for comedy.

Comedy Open Mics in Bend Oregon

Ipockolyptic Productions has open mic every Tuesday and Wednesday night at Craft Kitchen and Brewery. Sign up at 7:30pm. Starts at 8pm.

Comedy Open Mics are a great way to try stand up comedy for the first time! Anyone is welcome at an open mic to have the rockstar experience of performing stand up comedy!

The rules of our open mics are very simple.

  • Everyone gets 5 minutes on stage. The host of the mic will show you a light at 4 minutes. You should wrap up whatever joke you are telling. When you hit 5 minutes the host will show you another light. If you don’t stop talking by the time the host gets to you, they will take the mic from you.
  • Our sign up lists fill up! Get to the open mics right around 7:30 if you want to be early in the night.
  • We have no content restrictions on our open mics. That being said, please don’t be intentionally be offensive. There should be punchlines. You should be attempting to make people laugh, not angry.