I recently heard a comedian say this about his own career and it gave me pause. Especially since he was at least 5 years younger than me. LOL
Not that fame is my ultimate goal, but it is part of the way success can be objectively determined in comedy business. After all, if you are famous, you sell tickets, which means you will get booked at clubs and theaters. Selling tickets motivates bookers to have you at their venues, especially if you are also funny. Its harder to sell tickets now for the older stand up comedians if they do not already have a following, social media or otherwise.
It is definitely an uphill battle for older comedians, especially if you started later in life, like myself. Some get chances from shows like America's Got Talent. Everyone has their own journey or path to success, whatever that means. Most people my age in this filed have been doing comedy for 20+ years and, if they are still doing comedy, are headliners or have shifted to cruises and corporate gigs or other comedy adjacent careers if they didn't "make it." Most people doing comedy in my “class” (we go by when you started comedy so for me its 12 years ago), are in their early 30s.
I don't know if I am too old to be famous or too old to be where I am in comedy but I am hoping I will continue to grow my audience and my skills to help me do cool things while also making people laugh. If you like my stuff, share it and follow me on all the social medias, including that new threads thing. #careerchange #formerlawyer #atandupcomedian
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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