Whether asking for a recommendation or contacts for opportunities, it is always difficult to ask for help or to know when its okay to ask, specifically with comedy shows. I am usually not shy to ask for contacts of clubs or to open for a headliner who I worked with but I always feel bad after and want to make sure they know I appreciate the help. I have received so many opportunities from bigger comedians like Judy Gold, Demetri Martin, Jen Kirkman, Carmen Lynch, Mia Jackson, Bret Ernst and Chris Franjola who liked me or my comedy (or hopefully both). Some allowed me to open for them when while others still help and mentor me along the way (and still let me open for them!) I hate feeling pushy and wearing out my welcome, however and usually pull back in time (I hope). BY the way, the comedians listed above however still help me always and I am so so so thankful and you should all go see them live whenever you can and subscribe to all their podcasts!
I always try to pay it forward, by bringing talented comedians to open for me, recommending funny comedians I like working with, and sharing information about shows and venues, even unsolicited. I know so many comedians who don't do that which I really don't understand. Recently I saw a comedian having a great set and I texted the talent buyer of a comedy club that I am close with to let them know to book this comedian. I hope it works out asI know I will be booking the comedian on my next show! #payitforward #talent #standupcomedy #laughs #grateful
Paul Farahvar Comedy