First, we want to thank you for being a part of the Flappers Family. Emceeing is one of the most important jobs at any comedy club and we appreciate each and every one of you. You were chosen to emcee here because you embody the three things we are looking for — funny, professional, and supportive. Being an open mic host is particularly important because every single week, you’re representing the club and welcoming new talent into stand-up comedy.
You are always welcome to contact us at Bookings@FlappersComedy.com with comments, concerns, questions, etc. Below are some tips and ways that we’d like for you to handle the open mics.
Promote Your Mic
Let people know about your mic. Post about it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. before and during the show. Post photos of the mic in real time, tag the comedians you know, befriend the comedians you don’t know. We usually have one or two people whose very first time will be at your mic. Welcome them into the comedy community. Make the people who are already here feel special.
Promote the Club
There are also some things that you should mention during the opening announcements aside from when the kitchen and bar close and when the bucket closes. We have 8 open mics a week PLUS 2 chances to audition in front of the Booker for spots. Be aware of when/where the other mics are. Frequent the other mics here, if you can, so that you can answer questions about them. Be aware of the types of shows we have going on here so that you can recommend your favorites to the comedians/audience new to the club. The mic is generally mostly comedians, but we usually have at least a few natural audience members at each mic.
Be there at least 30 minutes before the mic starts so that you can greet everyone, answer questions, give comics new to Flappers a copy of Opportunities for Comedians, etc. We’re coming up with postcards that you can hand out with a short list of all of our mics, when/where, etc. but for now, there are packets near the Main Room front door and the Yoo Hoo door.
Be a positive voice in the community. You want to be friendly and encouraging to every comedian. That’s easier with some comics than others, but that’s part of being professional on your part. Be/seem excited to announce the next comedian (you don’t have to scream their name or get the rest of the room on board, just be excited yourself and it will be contagious).
If there are two of you co-hosting, split up. Whoever is hosting, sit up front and watch the sets, the other one circulate, make sure if anyone has questions they can take you aside and ask, or just sit and support from the back, it’ll probably quell some of the talking from the comics back there.
Clipboard/Open Mic Sign-up
The pitcher and the clipboard for your mic should be with the Ticket Booth. Please use the correct forms, not the Audience E-mail List. There is an Open Mic Sign-Up Form. If you have a new Ticket Booth person who doesn’t know, you can tell them the form is under Flappers Master Z: TicketBooth: Forms: Open Mic Sign-Ups. At the end of the night, the pitcher and the clipboard both go on the Ticket Booth podium. There is a small box attached to the podium for the sign-up list.
We acknowledge that you bring something fun and unique to your mic, but we’d like some uniformity in the way they are run. All bar and late night mics (aside from Set List Mic and the Flappers University Mic) are run Lottery Style. The bucket closes at the show’s official start time. Anyone later than that can go on a Late List, and if there’s time once you’ve gone through everyone on the bucket, you can start on the Late List.
This makes it more fair for the people who show up on time, or even hours ahead of time. Set lengths are 3 minutes. With that set length, we can get up about 25 people in a 90-minute mic. Our mics are pretty popular right now and are averaging 10-30 people not getting up a night. With that in mind, please don’t do any time in-between comics. A short quip or acknowledgement of the last comic’s set is fine, please don’t practice your next hour in between comics.
Use an On-Deck System
Announce who is next and then bring up the current comic. Let the comics know that you’re doing that specifically so that you can get up as many people as possible and so that the person on deck can come to the front of the room and be ready to go up as soon as it’s his turn.
Shows Are 90 Minutes
Even the most supportive open mic’r is itching to go home after 90 minutes. If the mic is super pumping, and everyone is being extremely supportive, you can ask management for more time. Most of the mics are late at night, so the longer you stay, the longer the staff has to stay, so be aware/respectful of that.
The Pizza Spot goes to a comic who had a STELLAR set, was supportive (watched other peoples’ sets, didn’t heckle or make noise in the back of the room or outside), and professional (was respectful of the other comedians, the staff, and the equipment. Don’t give a Pizza Spot if no one really earned it.
You are our eyes and ears. We can’t be at every mic. If you’ve discovered an amazing comedian, send them to auditions, but also e-mail the day after your mic, let Richy know who stood out in a good way (or in a bad way), how many people were there and were left in the bucket, and general impression of the mic. Stay in communication. We love hearing from you.
If there’s someone you think would be a great emcee here, e-mail Richy to ask if that person can hop onto your mic and host for 20-minute increments. That will get them accustomed to the rhythm of hosting. If they are already and experience and great emcee, but don’t host here, send them to the auditions.
Get Booked Here
This will sound weird, but we forget to book you. It’s not personal. If we’re not booking you 1-2 times a month, it’s because we got caught up in other booking emergencies and just forgot. Or we tried to book you on a show and that date didn’t work for you and we lost track of re-booking you. Help us out. Send in your avails every Monday. Bookings@FlappersComedy.com We book 4-6 weeks out. We’re trying to get to where we’re booking 3 months out.
Send 3 or 4 dates per month for the next three months so that we can find some good shows for you. Look on the website calendar and find shows you’d really like to be a part of. It seems counter-intuitive, but the more specific you are, the easier it is to book you, but you have to give us options in case the shows you want are booked up. If you are booked on a show, we do expect you to promote it. We understand that you’re all at different levels in terms of getting an audience out but we don’t want you to take for granted the fact that we book you, especially if we put you on a really great show.
We’d love to see you all grow as comedians and have each of you producing your own shows at some point, see you ll grow into paid, professional comedians.