Monday, May 6, 2013

Comedy In The Triangle

Lately, I have been working with the group Humor Therapy as their co producer along with Yvette Holder and looking for places for them to do their shows. We have had a regular gig at The Casbah, and for awhile have been trying to have shows at The Well in Raleigh. One thing we have learned through this experience is that getting a regular crowd for a comedy show is not easy. And that club owners need to help tremendously with the marketing. Apparently, there are only a few comedians who can draw a crowd, and even they are not asking for a lot financially. One comedy promoter said he knew of only maybe a few comedians in this area who could consistently do a 30 minute show. And in the world of Improv, there are only two main Improv spots, ComedyWorx in Raleigh and DSI in Chapel Hill, and lately a new player has arrived in the game with Jeff Day consistently doing shows at Common Ground. Sometimes teaming up with other art forms like Poetry is the better way to do it. So far, the most successful show was when we teamed up with Slam Poets in a invitation Slam and had a nice crowd. Most of that audience was the poetry crowd and they enjoyed their poets but then learned about another art form. This has been a definite interesting journey, and if you want to get a taste of it, then head to Casbah tomorrow night. On that night, Humor Therapy in conjunction with Diversity Training will team up with musician Shawn Deena and visual artist Franco and give you a great show.