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5 Ways To Find Places Near You To Perform Standup Comedy
Written by John McAllister on June 13th 2022
If you're interested in getting into comedy and want some tips for how to find places to perform, this article is right up your alley!

Use Online Tools

There are a few different online tools that you can use to find places to perform standup comedy. The first is Google Maps. You can use the search function on Google Maps to find comedy clubs in your area. Just enter “comedy clubs” into the search bar and a list of nearby clubs will pop up.

Another online tool you can use is Yelp. Yelp is a website and app that allows users to review businesses. You can use Yelp to read reviews of comedy clubs in your area and get an idea of which ones might be a good fit for you.

On google, you can search events near me and specify 'comedy' in the event type. This will provide you a list of events coming up which will help find gigs in your area.

Once you have the list of events, click on the links and find a contact number and or email address for someone you can contact.

Call Comedy Clubs

Calling comedy clubs is a great way to find out about open mics and other opportunities to perform standup comedy. Most clubs will be happy to give you information about their upcoming events.

Some venues will have a website with an email of someone you can talk to. If they have an email send them a polite email letting them know what you are looking for.

If they can't get you on stage, ask them if they can point you in the right direction to find gigs in your area.

Get Social Media Involved

There are many comedy clubs that use social media to promote their shows and to find new talent. Follow some of your favorite clubs on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and see if they have any open mics or other events coming up that you can participate in.

Follow comedians in your area. If you do this, you'll see posts, stories, or photos of places they are going to perform or they have previously performed. Start diving deeper into who they have tagged and start following the trail.

Hire a Talent Agent

Hiring a talent agent is a great way to find places near you to perform standup comedy. A talent agent will be able to connect you with venues that are looking for comedians. They will also be able to help you negotiate your fee and get you the best possible deal.

Start Your Own Open Mic Night

Starting your own open mic night is a very popular option amongst comedians looking to find gigs. This option will guarantee you a spot on stage. 

If you're going to go down this path, please be aware it will take some work. If you know other comedians who are looking for gigs, ask if they want to get involved and share the workload.

You will need to find venues that are willing to allow you to have a night. Most likely it will be on a quiet night when they have no other events on.

This will require marketing to make sure you actually have an audience to perform to.

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