Here are a few things you should know...............
The Sit Down Comedy Club is proud to offer new comedians a chance to get up and have a go at Stand Up Comedy. We have a thriving Open Mic Circuit around Brisbane which is known as one of the best in the country.
There are many rooms running around Brisbane and anyone can have a go. All you need to do is e-mail your details including your name and contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
You need to have about 5 minutes of material prepared. Remember everyone is nervous the first time so put on your comedy shoes and have a go! There is a waiting list for gigs so the sooner you send your details through the better.
To enable your development as a comic it is best that you do a variety of gigs. Some rooms are “easier” than others but it is important that you try all of the rooms. This will help you improve your comedy, as you will learn what material suits what audience. The best comedians are the ones that can adapt their material to suit their audience. If you only book one particular room, we will not let you perform until you have tried a few of the other rooms.
When you are given a date to perform please make a note in your diary. We will text you a few days before to confirm your booking. If you don’t hear from us and you know that you are on PLEASE CALL TO CONFIRM. Sometimes we may have an incorrect phone number for you. It is your responsibility to confirm your spot.
For any reason you need to cancel a gig, please let us know as soon as possible so we can replace you. It is very difficult for us to organise a replacement if you call us at 5 o’clock on the day you are to perform. We understand that sometimes things happen and you can’t make it at the last minute. If this happens, get in touch with the person running the gig or else call the office on 07 3369 4466 and leave a message on the answering machine. We then know that you at least tried to get there. People who regularly pull out at the last minute or don’t turn up without letting someone know will be suspended from open mics for a period of time.
When you are performing make sure you are there AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE GIG and check in with whoever is running the show. Too often people are turning up late which is un-professional and then throws out the whole show. It is also important that you hang around to watch your fellow peers. You can learn a lot from others and also from the MCs. It is about supporting each other.
Many people are running over time, which is un-professional and disrespectful for others who are performing. EACH SET SHOULD BE ABOUT 5 MINUTES. If you would like to do a longer set, get permission from the directors first. Remember it is better to have a great 3 minute set rather than a shoddy 5 minute set. The guys who run the shows regularly update us on who is doing well and who is ready to move onto the next step so be professional and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback or advice.
New comedians should avoid unnecessarily offensive or dark material. Some subjects, for good reason are universally avoided by seasoned professionals and SHOULD NOT be included as part of your set. Violence against children, rape or domestic violence ARE NEVER FUNNY and it is an error of judgement to include them or similarly offensive subjects in your routine. Audiences often laugh with embarrassment when taboo subjects are mentioned. Don’t mistake this for actual enjoyment.
Inclusion of offensive material turns the audience off and puts a greater work-load on your punch-lines and the other performers on the bill. If your favourite professional comedians draw the line somewhere, then it will benefit you to consider why.
It is also good practice to avoid unnecessary swearing in your routine. Should you choose comedy as a career, then to perform any Corporate or TV work would require your material to be very funny and completely clean. Don’t swear heavily in your routine at the start of your career, as this will make it harder for you to avoid it in the future. We are interested in presenting funny shows, not offensive ones. If your subject matter becomes too offensive or if you say f*ck TOO MUCH or c**t AT ALL, we will have no place for you in our shows.
Every January we hold the QLD heats for the JJJ/Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Raw Competition.
This is an Australian wide competition that searches for the best new talent around the country. The winner from Queensland goes down to Melbourne to compete in the National Final and then the winner from that goes to Edinburgh. So start practising now.......
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Good luck and see you on the circuit soon!