How much are you making in LA? The question should really ask, "At your real job or in comedy?" The truth is very few comic make money performing in Los Angeles. Most who do work on their act at open mics and take it on the road to paying gigs outside California. Those who are paid regulars usually use that credit to get industry to see them at their most important shows. They don't rely on it for a paycheck.
Remember that all the big names in comedy reside in Los Angeles or New York. It's harder to headline a club when Jim Carey, Louie Anderson, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Steven Wright, Bill Cosby and Carrottop all live within a fifty mile radius. That doesn't mean getting paid work is impossible in LA. At any club you can become a paid regular which simply means you call in Monday (or early in the week) for a paid spot later in the week.
Most LA clubs do have a list of... [Read Entire Article]
Posted Janurary 0, 2003 by Shayne Michael under Getting Paid
Darren Carter is an American stand-up comedian. Today he is best known as the Rooster, a title he earned for his bright red hair and comic style. Carter who traveled with the Original Latin Kings of Comedy, is also known as Darren Carter the Party Starter; Carter is a fair-skinned redhead who relates to all ethnicities because of his multicultural upbringing. He doesn’t take things to seriously. “I'm the type of comic that likes to joke around,” says Carter. “Some comedians when they're not performing they're quiet, they're bitter or they're angry. I like to go for the silly. I always like making people laugh - even if it's just one person.” Carter was originally from Fresno, California where he was adopted into a foster family and grew up as the son of a Baptist minister who Carter used to ask questions about sex just to watch his adoptive father get uncomfortable at being asked.... [Read Entire Bio]