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
Henry Youngman was born on March 16th, 1906 in the Jewish ghetto of Liverpool, England. Today he is remembered as an American comedian and violinist famous for his short, one-liners delivered rapid-fire style. King of the One Liners, was a title bestowed upon Youngman by columnist Walter Winchell. His best-known joke was "Take my wife—please." A typical stage performance by Youngman lasted only fifteen minutes, but consisted a ton of jokes because they’re shorten structure.
Youngman was born in London and moved to New York with his family when he was six months old. His professional career started as a printer in a five and dime print shop, through the printed word. After he had worked at print shop for a while he started to publish comedy cards that consisted of the one-liners that would make him famous. Those cards were eventually discovered by up and coming comedian, Milton Ber... [Read Entire Bio]