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Informing Your Comedian

A corporate party is a big event. The guest list can range from low level employees to CEO’s. Planning an event like this can be stressful, especially for the person in charge of hiring the entertainment. Whether it’s done as a team, by a single person, or maybe through an agency, whoever does the hiring has to make sure that the performer is appropriate for the setting. You wouldn’t want to book a heavy metal band for the office Christmas party. Based on the type of entertainer, the experience can vary and so can the booking process. This can definitely be said for anyone looking to hire a comedian.

A comedian has one basic goal: to make their audience laugh. From this knowledge, it’s easy to understand the best way that happens. If you watch any kind of comedian on T.V. there are two key things to notice about what makes up their whole act. One of those things is by using swear words. They will use every swear word in existence, including making some up on their own and merging words together to create their own brand of insult. Another factor in their performance is by being very stereotypical, more specifically towards different ethnicities. If there’s a defining characteristic, term, or type of insult directed at a particular race, you can believe a comedian will say it. The whole idea is to be able to laugh at yourself, but sometimes this can be taken a bit too far or out of context.

These reasons are important to remember when you decide to hire a comedian for a corporate event. It’s important to remember that not all comedians are made for events like that. Some are just stand-up comedians and perform at small clubs and venues on the weekends. Others tailor their material for more formal settings. What’s more, their material may not always cater to the needs of a private party. A comedian’s act usually contains a large amount of inappropriate language and content; it’s part of what grabs people’s attention in the first place. If there is material that you don’t want to be talked about or said than be sure to let the comedian know so they can fix their act accordingly. There are several websites that specifically hire or work with corporate comedians. Be sure to check out those websites and set up a meeting with your potential entertainer to make them aware of the atmosphere they would be performing in. Don’t go to comedy clubs to scout your talent. One other thing to consider is price range. Depending on their level of professionalism, their pricing can greatly very. This is why it’s best to go through an agency, so a consulting can give you the best advice and options on hiring the right person for the event.

When planning any large business event, it is important to remember that you are representing yourself and the company. Who you hire and what services you provided will fully reflect back at you. Be sure to have the proper knowledge for a smooth function!

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How to Hire a Comedian

An entertainer is the highlight of any event, from corporate parties to weddings. However, every performer is different. For singers and DJ’s, they may provide their own equipment: microphones, speakers, orchestration, then set it up and break it down themselves. Comedians usually only need a microphone, a stool, and a stage (obviously). It goes without saying then that hiring performers can be different depending on the entertainment needed, especially for comedians. While they don’t need much to perform their act, providing this kind of entertainment requires certain steps. These five suggestions are important to remember.

  1. Pay the comic
  • This goes without saying, but the amount of payment can vary drastically. A comic with no real history or credits can be paid between $1-$5 per person that attends. If the comic is relatively popular, then payment can range from $40-$100 per person. As the saying always goes, you get what you pay for.
  1. Alert the people attending
  • Stand-up comedy is generally not meant for young children, at least it shouldn’t be. Anytime you watch a comedian you immediately hear all kinds of swearing, racial slurs, and many more topics that are considered to be adult. Even if only adults attend, there may be some that don’t find that type of comedy entertaining. Make sure to inform your guests about the comedian performing and give a general overview, if you can, on the material that will be said on stage.
  1. Do your research
  • This cannot be stressed enough. Find any information you can on the comedian you plan to hire. If a performer is serious about their job and takes pride in their talents then they should, at the very least, have a YouTube page of their previous performances. Watch several of them, or all if you can. See what their material typically consists up so you know what may or may not be appropriate for the event. See if they have a website with a resume. Do whatever research you can so you know what you’re getting.
  1. Set a time frame for the comedian
  • If your guests have been there for several hours, then they may not be interested in watching a comedian for an hour. They’ve been working all week, drinking most likely, and there may have already been some other award/chat function that took place. 40 minutes is usually the benchmark for a comedian. This all depends on the event of course, but always keep in mind of the time frame you have.
  1. PAY THE COMIC
  • They just performed a whole set for a group of drunk business men and women or some other level of a drunk person. Everyone’s tired, including the performer. They want to leave at some point to and rest. Have the check or cash ready ahead of time for the convenience of you and the comedian. Don’t make them wait around or go looking for you.

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Always Keep Your Budget in Mind When Booking Comedians

Comedians can be the life of the party, but their services can come at a price. When planning an event, it is very tempting to overspend on booking a famous comedian to perform at your event, but cheaper alternatives may be available and should always be taken into consideration to stay within your events budget. With that being said, always make sure you keep your budget in mind when booking comedians.

Watch Your Budget
Entertainment is probably the one area in which it can be very easy to overspend. This is because many event planners don’t know how much quality comedians cost, especially if this is their first time planning for a party or corporate event. If so, it would be in your best interest to figure out and research what level of entertainment you can afford and modify your expectations accordingly before looking for anyone.

Set Your Budget
The first thing to consider would be, what is your event’s budget? If you have a reasonable spending budget and can hire a famous or professional comedian, then work with a booking agency and see what the starting prices are. However, if your event’s budget is limited, consider looking into a booking agency to see what other cheaper comedians are available.

Work With An Agency
The great thing about booking event entertainment with an agency is that they not only sort out the prices for you, but they also can help you choose what kind of comedian you want for a good price. This means you can be very clear about both your expectations on comedian and price. So, communicate to the agency that you are working with a budget, that it is the most important factor, and while you want to book talented comedians, you are only interested in those within your budget.

Choose Your Type
Another thing to communicate with your booking agency is what kind of comedian you want to perform at your event because different kinds of comedian types can cost you more or less. Whether you want dry humor, dark, or sarcastic, these are some good things to communicate with your agency so they can find comedians within your price range and that meet your expectations.

Just remember it’s common for event planners to want to hire well-known comedians, but don’t forget about the high price tag that follows that popular name. Therefore, don’t just focus on booking the comedians you’ve seen on TV or in the movies, but also research smaller names or local entertainers through an entertainment agency.

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Sit Through A Live Rehearsal

When planning an event, you want to make sure everything goes according to plan. To achieve that, it means rehearsal is a must. Therefore, sitting through a band or wedding DJ’s live rehearsal of their material is also a must. This may sound time consuming, but it will be worth it when all the necessary revisions are made now and not during the actual event or show.

Here are some reasons why you should stick around and sit through a live rehearsal when planning an event.

The Artist Should Be Prepared
Ever heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect”? Yes, it is important to practice as an artist, but practice is something that the musician should be doing on their own. The reason being that there is a difference between practicing and rehearsing.

So what’s the difference between the two? To put it briefly, practice is where the musician shows up not knowing the music, and then you (or as a band) learn the songs together. Rehearsal is where the musician or artist shows up already knowing the song, and you run through them together.

It is important to know the difference because when you’re booking event entertainment, you don’t want your bands to be unprofessional or unprepared.

Rehearsals Means Less Time Wasted
Contrary to what you might think, another reason you should sit through a live rehearsal is because less time will be wasted. This is because you are actually being productive and listening and watching for any mistakes or possible mess-ups made by the band as they play.

For instance, sometimes the audio is off, or sometimes the mic doesn’t pick up the artist’s voice clearly. And most importantly, the most significant benefit of having rehearsals is when everyone shows up knowing the songs or setlist already.

Rehearsals Means Less Stress
Another reason you should sit through a rehearsal is because this can mean less stress for everyone. If everyone shows up on time, knows all the songs, that’s less stress on the leader, as well as the entertainment agency that hired them. Also, you don’t have to worry about everyone knowing their parts or having to teach them. And since, rehearsals can be run through quickly, that’s less time on you and more time for other things.

If your band is practicing, keep in mind there’s nothing wrong with that. However, the main goal is to work to a point where you have them rehearsing. So sitting through a live rehearsal is not a waste of time, it can actually benefit your event and help make for the best show you ever had.

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Preparing Your Speaker For The Big Stage

When planning an event with a guest speaker you should always prepare the person first with required topics or discussion points, even if they are an expert on the subject. This is important because not only did you choose this person for their stage presence, but also for their professional speaking abilities.

Also, by preparing your speaker ahead of time, can heed any future mistakes or brain farts during the event. Just imagine, seeing your guest speaker run out of talking points in the middle of the show because you didn’t give him enough. Talk about awkward.

So here are some ways you can prepare your speaker before they get on the big stage.

Tell Them To Be Knowledgeable
Now anyone can be given talking points and ramble on about them, but instead tell your guest speaker that you will not only talk about the event related topics, but also make the audience question and think about the topics. This is because you want the audience to feel engaged and connected during the performance. Also, you want the guest speaker to educate the audience.

Be Inspiring
Again, anyone can talk, but make sure you tell your guest speaker you want them to drive positive change in their speech. Sometimes, guest speakers forget to add feeling to their speeches because they are nervous, but tell them you want them to inspire the audience in an unforgettable way.

Be Fun
Lastly, tell your speaker that you would also like them to have a good time too. It can be nerve wracking getting up on stage, no matter how many times you’ve done it, so tell the guest speaker to have as much fun as they can up there. One of the reasons you chose the speaker is because they have a good stage presence, so allow them to utilize it on stage.

What Makes A Good Speaker?
But before everything, make sure you choose a great guest speaker. Someone who is flexible and a quick thinker. Some characteristics to look for when choosing a guest speaker include someone who will engage the audience well. A speaker who is engaging will sound enticing when speaking to the audience. They will also make the discussion interesting and even sound poetic.

Also, choose someone who will provide fresh insight and perspective on event related topics. A speaker who goes above and beyond will surely entertain a crowd and keep them interested, even after the performance.

To ensure a great show, it’s important you have a conversation with your guest speaker. It’s a great time to lay down expectations and even discussion points you would like them to go over. You know what they say, better safe than sorry.

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Seen and Heard

It would be pointless to hire a speaker for your event if they cannot be seen or understood by the audience. Constructing a quality visual and audio experience is just as much a part of the presentation as the message of the presenter. Here are some ways to set up your venue to ensure sound and visional success.

Setting the Stage

A crafty event planner is creative with how and where they place their speaker. How you set the stage is largely dependent on the shape and size of the venue, in addition to the type of speech your speaker is giving.

  • Central Stage Placement

Having your stage surrounded by the attendees is a great way to promote audience interaction, and a skilled speaker will understand how to move to keep the entire audience engaged. Screens and dynamic lighting can help keep focus on the speaker.

  • Media Wall Backdrop

A media wall helps illustrate a presentation with colorful visuals. The benefits of this extend beyond the speech, as displayed graphics or images can provide an eye-catching backdrop to your event.

  • Casual Panel Seating

For a more relaxed atmosphere, consider soft seating. This works well with multiple speakers or panelists and creates a conversational feel to the presentation.

These are just a few ideas for setting up a memorable speech, and the design and lighting of the stage should complement the speech and its venue. As for the sound check, it should be scheduled the day of the presentation, and the time it takes should be included in the speaker’s agreement.

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Plan the Amount of Time You Need For Your Speaker

Making sure everything runs according to schedule is a huge part of event planning. An event that drags on too long will exhaust your attendees, while an event that ends too quickly will leave them unsatisfied. A speech presentation operates under the same lines. You’ll want to coordinate with your speaker to guarantee their speech fits within your time frame while having a positive impact on the audience.

But how long should an ideal speech be? It’s a hard duration to define. While experienced speakers will have a good sense of timing, you should also have an idea of how much time you want to dedicate to their presentation. This will allow you to keep the event organized and moving at a steady pace.

The short answer to the above question is that there really isn’t an ideal speech length at all. In fact, the duration of the speech isn’t as important as its quality and impact. What’s important are ideas that engage the audience and are memorable enough to influence them long after the speech is over. This means getting and keeping the audience’s attention by engaging them on an emotional level.

No matter the subject matter of the speech, the speaker must stay focused on the topic at hand. Nothing deters an audience’s attention more than aimless rambling and tiresome tangents. Additionally, asking the audience to multi-task by giving them too many things to remember will detract from the speech’s main theme.

So what this adds up to is, the quality of the speech is most important, but going too long will inevitably cause an audience to lose interest by becoming unfocused or asking them to hold on to too many ideas at once. The best speakers can go dozens of minutes by breaking up their speeches into discrete sections, but it’s unlikely you have time to invest in an hour-long speaking endeavor. A good rule of thumb is to keep a speech within 10 minutes—or less, if your speaker can achieve what they want in a shorter time.

Communicate with your speaker the length of time you want to dedicate to their presentation, keeping in mind your audience’s needs and the ability of the presenter.

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Know How To Find A Comedian for Your Event

Have an upcoming event or party that is in need of an entertainer or comedian, but don’t know where to start? Booking a comedian is just as easy as booking an artist or live band, you just have to look online. The easiest place online is generally going right to the source, an agency. Generally, going through an agency or comedian’s booking agent is the fastest way to get them to perform at your event. The best thing about agencies are, if you prefer local comedians, these agencies have lots of them.

To find the best comedian, you need to go onto comedian booking agency websites. The most popular ones include: Funny Business, Gigmasters, and Gigsalad. These agencies specialize in comedians. Whether you’re looking to book a comedian for your next corporate event, college event, fundraiser, comedy club, or holiday party, these sites will help you get connected with the best available comedian.

Top Talent
When you contact a booking agent, the best part about them is, you’ll quickly get a hand-picked list of the top-rated stand-up comedians around the nation, who not only fit your event needs, but audience’s, and budget’s needs. Booking agencies only show the best comedians who have passed through a multi-stage vetting process. So, you’re not getting just any funny guy, you’re getting top talent.

Save Time
The other great thing about working with a booking agency is, you can save yourself a lot of time and hard labor. Instead of searching the web for hours, looking for all the information yourself, booking agencies have done the work for you, so you don’t have to sweat it.

Feel Good
Be confident and relax knowing that your choice of comedian is going to be the star of your event. With a booking agency, you can choose what type of funny guy you want, and also the type of humor too. By doing so, you can spare yourself and your guest the agony of booking a comedian who isn’t funny, or worse, inappropriate and boring.

Experience You Can Depend On
Booking agency are not new and have been around since comedy has been around. Just the online platforms are new, but most, if not all booking agencies have about thirty plus years of industry experience. Booking with an agency is like booking with someone you can trust and can depend on, and with tons of feedback on comedians from thousands of shows being written everyday, nothing is hidden from you.

Get Started Today
So, make it easy on yourself when hiring a comedian for your next big event. Contact your favorite booking agency with no commitments or obligations. Let them help you find the best, and funniest comedian for your event.

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Know What You Can Afford

When planning an event, there’s a lot of pressure added to finding the right guest speaker. You, the event coordinator, have many things to consider and keep in mind. However, those who are so wrapped up in finding the right speaker might forget about how much money they can spend or have.

Therefore, when choosing the right person for your event, make sure you know what you can afford before saying yes to anyone. Here are some ways to choose a great guest speaker without breaking the bank or your spending budget.

Stay On Budget
Again, when planning an event, it’s important to remember the small stuff, but it is very important that you remember your budget. Considering, the event wouldn’t happen without money anyways. This means you must know exactly what your spending limits are for everything, especially, guest speakers. And although it would be nice to pick whomever you want to present at the show, keep in mind that even the smallest of names have the biggest of price tags.

Search For Local Celebrities
Popular celebrities as guest speakers will surely attract a big crowd to your event, but high profile speakers aren’t always the best option, especially when you have a budget. So, another way to stay within your price range would be to hire guest speakers like University professors or small business owners. They have the same knowledge and expertise. Also, they are like local celebrities around your town.

Call The Professionals
Another way to save money would be to call around agencies. This can help you save money by getting an idea or sense of the going rate for a high-quality speaker. Also, making these inquiries will give you a better idea of how much you could be spending or how much you could be saving.

No More Volunteers
Lastly, gone are the days when people used to volunteer as a guest speaker for fun. No more freebies because it takes time, effort, and experience to deliver a good speech or presentation and people want compensation, not just a pat on the back. So now that nothing comes for free, you have to spend your money wisely.

It is important to watch how you spend your money when creating and planning an event. It is also important to watch how much you spend on the main entertainment. By following these tips, you can be sure that you won’t overspend on any guest speaker, ever again.

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