I am very fortunate to have had a career before stand up where I earned a very steady income and I also am fortunate to have the ability to do well paying shows for corporations, mostly because of my prior life and ability to relate to the corporate world. As a result, I donate all the profits from my "Better Call Paul" shirts at my shows to charity, most often Parkinson's Foundation. If I didn't have that luxury, however, I think I missed my calling as a t-shirt salesman. Most comedians depend on the money from their merch to as a main source of income.
I have sold thousands of "Better Call Paul" shirts since I started selling shirts, averaging over 100 shirts a month! I was hesitant to sell shirts at shows, especially showcase shows where I only did 10 or 15 minutes or when I was hosting a show. But people want these super soft shirts (They really are soft), either because they know someone named Paul or they love the connection to the TV show (which is my favorite).
Often times, however, its because of the cause. I love hearing from people at shows who have had experiences with Parkinson's as it is cause near and dear to me. Sometimes I get tips on how to deal with it or just bonding with people who are struggling with a family member with Parkinson's. A few times, I have met people who have Parkinson's and it warms my heart to see them excited that someone is bringing attention to their cause. I look forward to the fundraiser we will have at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont on December 11th. Hope to see you there and keep buying merch!
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