In an article about a rise in independent comedy shows in LA, Brand X writes, “…these gatherings serve as proof that Angelenos want to see fresh new comics without having to pony up for a two-drink minimum, and that they’re willing to travel a little farther down Sunset to do so.”
For any of you who have never been to a comedy club, the staple “two drink minimum” is one of the primary ways the club makes money, which is why they haven’t really budged on making any changes to charging patrons a required two drinks, or in some cases, a combination of a drink and some type of appetizer or entreé, to watch a show.
Usually, the drinks are expensive– beers are $6 and a glass of Coke can run you $4. On top of a cover charge and parking, going to see live comedy, can be a pricey proposition.
The article in Brand X voices many people’s frustration with going to a traditional comedy club. And that’s why we now see comedy fans seeking out non-traditional venues like the back rooms of comic book stores and Chinese restaurants. In those scared places, there is no such thing as a drink or food minimum and there usually is no cover, or a very cheap one. Since comedians are so hungry for stage time, plenty who get paid on the road will play these type of shows in LA or New York for no pay.
It’s unlikely that established comedy clubs will do away with item minimums, despite their indie counterparts doing just that. So, are you more of a traditional comedy club person or are you all DIY all the way? Or are you cool with both?
Give your thoughts below.