Rates for Hiring a Comedian and Setting a Budget - How Much Does it Cost?
One of the most frequent question asked by visitors to the site is "How
much does it cost to hire a comedian?". Unfortunately there is no set,
one size fits all, price for booking a comic. The circumstances of each individual
booking have an impact
in determining the price. Prices can range from $200-$10,000 or
more depending on your needs.
At ComicsForHire.com you set the price you are willing to pay by setting your
budget in your booking request. It is important
to remember that the budget you set is very important
in the decision process for a comedian to decides if they are interested
in your request. The more reasonable the budget , the more likely the comics
are to respond.
The following should be factored
in when setting your budget. These go a long way in determining
the price a comic will accept for a booking.
Popularity / Name Recognition of Comic
Most comics have a minimum amount that
must be met for them to work a booking under any circumstances. The more
popular or recognizable the comic the more
this minimum amount will be. On the comedy club circuit, more recognizable
comics are known as Headliners, i.e. the comics that are well known and
thus will draw in the crowds, and
and the up and comers are known as Features and typically perform first
to get the crowd warmed up.
Day of the Week and Time
The day of the week that your booking is scheduled
for will impact the price. Weekend Evenings will usually command higher prices
as there is more demand
for comedians and comediennes to perform at clubs, parties, and functions.
Conversely an early week
may be able to offer a lower price as the performer is more likely to
be available and willing to fill in an open date. Daytime bookings can
have lower prices as
allow the comic to "double up" the bookings for a day and allow
if the timing of the two bookings allows for them to leave one event in time
to get to the
Size of the Audience
This is fairly straight forward: The more people viewing
the performance(s) the more you should budget.
Type of Booking
The type of event that is being held for the booking can also
impact the budget. For example: corporate events and private parties tend
to command higher prices
than fund raisers
since the latter events are usually trying to have most of the proceeds
go to a worthy cause. Comedy
can usually get better rates per performance because of the likelihood
of multiple performances, repeat future business, inclusion in a circuit,
for the comic to the entertainment
With up and coming comedians the more the booking has the
ability to increase the exposure of the comic to the entertainment industry,
likely it is that the comic may take less money now, in exchange for the
showcase his talents and furthering their career.
Number of Performances
While an increased amount of performances on
a given day will lead to increased cost, the
cost PER performance will actually decrease. For example a headliner may
want $2000 for an evening with a single performance but $3000
for an evening with two performances.
Chance of repeat business
As mentioned earlier, the likelihood that you would
use a comic multiple times can have an impact on your budget. If a comic
feels they have the ability
to come back for a repeat performance they may be willing to accept a lower
fee than if the booking was strictly a one time deal.
Location of Booking
While all the comics on our site are experienced road warriors,
let's face it, travel can be a big inconvenience. Even if you are willing
to provide travel
there is still
in getting to the location of the booking. This of course will have an
impact on your budget. On the other hand if a comic is local and can easily
get to your location they may be willing to work for a lower fee simply
for the convenience of getting off the road and getting reacquainted with
Willingness to include travel and or accommodations
If you are willing to pay
for the travel and accommodations of a comic that needs to travel to the
location of your booking, it will not only make your
booking request more attractive to prospective comics, but will also allow
you to pay less for the entertainment portion since the comic will
these expenses out of their own pocket.
Other Factors to Consider when setting a budget
The old adage holds true; You get what you pay for.
There is normally a correlation between a performer’s fee and the quality
of the program. Just as you wouldn't expect a $5 happy meal to be comparable
a $100 gourmet dinner, you wouldn't think that a $200 comic might be similar
to one who charges $4000. And consider this: You often pay many times more
for the meal than for the entertainer (on a per person basis), when in fact
the evening's entertainment is far more likely to be remembered than the
meal. Consider the true value-per-person-attending when deciding on your
The Comedians and Comediennes on ComicsForHire.com
This is their living and what they do to support themselves and their families.
Just as you expect a fair wage for your job, you should also expect to
pay a fair wage when hiring them for their job. Also, stand-up comedy
not a regular 9-5 job and the performers typically are not provided with
a benefits program so fun things like health care, retirement savings
and vacation time are something they have to pay for entirely out of
Time on stage is not the only time spent on their act
While it may seem that it that you are paying a high "hourly" rate
when hiring a comic, it is important to remember that there are countless
hours spent perfecting the act that you see on stage. What you are seeing
finished product of countless hours of writing and rewriting material and
trial and error testing to create the best act the comedians and comediennes
possibly can. Laughing
is easy, creating comedy isn't.
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