I get asked that question a lot when I travel for comedy; “Does the club pay for your hotel?’ The answer varies. When you headline, they usually do when it’s a weekend, when you are a headliner, or you are a bigger named comic. Or sometimes they have “comedy condo” which varies in comfort and some have not been updated since Reagan was president. Thankfully the "comedy condo" is a thing of the past, although I never had horrible experiences with them.
When you are not the headliner, unless you are handpicked by the headliner and a budget for travel is included, you usually are "out of pocket" for hotel. This can be costly, especially in bigger cities. I have the luxury, when I am not headlining of paying for my hotel from all my miles and accrued membership points from my years of traveling in prior lives. Often times, the comedy club is inside a hotel so that usually works in your favor, even if you are just the feature comedian opening for the headliner.
Travel expenses add up for comedians, even just driving to gigs with the cost of gas. The way to raise money for these costs is usually through merchandise; coozies, buttons, t-shirts which comedians can sell for their expenses. (Buy our merch, people).
Anyways, if you have questions you want to ask about this comedy life, just message me on instagram @paulfarahvar (follow me too). #comedyshow #standupcomedy #formerlawyer
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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