INFORMATION FOR PERFORMERS
Looking for Gigs
If you are a performer looking
for gigs, or an agent looking to book your acts in
please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org -
we only book by email to keep a record of all
bookings, so please don't phone, use facebook,
twitter, Skype, MSN, fax or use any other ingenious
way to try and confuse us.
If you are an new act we
offer open spots at some of our clubs, but we see
most new acts via the heats of our new act
competition that usually take place from October to
January each year.
Turning Up and
Advice for Open Spots
All new acts should arrive
30 minutes before the scheduled start of the
show unless otherwise agreed with the promoter -
usually this is 8pm - this is so we can organise a
running order, get a good mix of acts, the compere
can prepare, and generally we can try to run a good
show. We do not run pay-to-play, bringer shows or
other scams, so our aim is to put on a good show for
the audience, and this means not wanting to pull our
hair out worrying about if acts are going to make
it. (although we obviously welcome friends of acts
if you'd like to bring them along, the more the
Please allow plenty of time
to reach your gig, public transport is
notoriously unreliable, much like the weather.
Especially on Sundays when most public transport
providers think everyone stays at home.
If you arrive late we
reserve the right to replace you with another act.
If you think you are going to be late, call us so we
If you cannot perform at a
show you have booked email the promoter to cancel as
soon as possible (or of it's on the day phone),
don't just not bother turning up. Many open spots
seem to do that now and treat turning up as merely
optional. Any acts that do not turn up for a show
without letting us know will simply not be booked
for any future shows.
Full maps and directions
for all venues can be found on this website for all
not respond to acts’ emails requesting directions to
venues. This information is always available on the
venue website, and we simply do not have the time to
continually repeat this information to every act we
Etiquette when turning up at the venue: When
you arrive at the door, the promoter will have been
there for at least an hour setting up the room.
They will be expecting a mixture of acts and
audience to turn up and they may not remember the
names of all acts on that particular bill.
Introduce yourself as “Hello, my name is…..I am one
of the acts tonight”. If you stand in the door and
just say “hello”, the promoter will assume you are
an audience member. If you say “ I’m on tonight”
then you have merely given the Promoter anywhere
between a 5-1 and 30-1 chance of guessing your
The chairs and tables at
shows are set-out in a particular way for a reason
- they have been set out in a particular way,
that we think is best for audience views so the audience can enjoy a comedy show. If
you have ambitions to become a feng-shui expert,
interior design guru, or get a job for Pickford’s
removals please resist the urge to practice this at
If there are audience
members there, the seats are for them. They have
paid to watch the show so get the seats first, and
it makes the show better for the, us and you if the
audience are sitting, watching and enjoying the
show. Being a stand-up comic starts before you get
sit in the audience with your friends even before
the show starts – you are taking up a seat that an
audience member may want – the closer everyone is
the better the show.
Stick to the set length
that is asked for. If the audience is howling
with laughter that's a good time to get off; if
there is deafening silence that's an even better
time to get off. And carrying on to try get a laugh
only makes things worse. There's often a lot of acts
on so all you are doing is making the rest of the
night difficult for everyone else if you over-run.
quickly become unpopular if you often over-run and
may find it harder to get booked.
When it's your turn to go
on stage try to avoid standing at the furthest point
in the room physically possible from the stage.
Doing that just means that by the time you have
reached the microphone all of the energy that has
been built for you by the compere has gone, making
it more difficult for you to perform.
into the microphone.
seem very basic, but many new acts do not get the
laughs they should because they are not being
heard. Make sure you hold the mic near your face,
not too far down away from your mouth. Some acts get
nervous and start wrapping the mic cord around their
hands, this can damage the cable, and can sometimes
pull the lead out of the amplifier.
taking part in a competition it is wise to remember
that if you are not judged to be a winner then in
the subjective view of judges on the night, you were
not as funny as some of the other acts.
competitions. At another show, on another it may
have gone better, or indeed worse. The judges on the
night will be looking for one thing – the funniest
performer on the night. Comedy is subjective – some
people cannot stand some of the most famous acts on
television – it doesn’t mean they are not funny, it
just means that style of comedy doesn’t work for
certain people. Even if you think you were the best
act on the night, that may not be the way others see
If you are not booked for a
show there is no guarantee you will be able to get a
gig on-spec, but given the points above about
open spots not turning up it's always worth a go at
the newer act nights, but don't be grumpy if you
can't get on.
important contact email is
email@example.com, and phone
number is 07768 584 881.
decide you need to call someone at 3am in the
morning, that is not the number to ring.
Promoter contact number, Alex
Petty : 07768 584 881 - or email