The stand-up comedy invoice is for any comedian that charges for a performance. The amount of money charged is determined by the amount of time designated to perform, anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, and any transportation or room and board costs. Where the comic performs will be determined by the hiring party and may be at a traditional stand-up comedy club or at another venue such as a business gathering, birthday party, or another event.
Table of Contents
- What is Stand-Up Comedy?
- 10-Types of Humor
- How long is a Stand-up Comedy routine?
- Stand-Up Comedian Salary & Hourly Rate ($/hr)
Stand-up comedy is when an individual “stands up” in front of an audience and performs a comedic routine in order to generate laughs. There are many different types of comedians and approaches they take to get a laugh from the crowd, for example, Jerry Seinfeld practices a standard approach telling jokes with using timing and combining more than one (1) story into a grand punchline. While others, such as Pee Wee Herman and Carrot Top, perform as a character while using costumes and props to help give the audience a better illustration of a story or joke.
- Dark – Offering comment on a subject in society that is normally taboo.
- Dry – Often referred to as “deadpan”, when the comedian doesn’t change their facial expression or attitude while delivering a joke.
- Irony/Sarcasm – Jokes that are intended to imitate or contradict what a statement. Often not understood immediately when told.
- Character (role) – Performing an act or role that is not the true personality of the comedian.
- Shock Value – When comedians go for “shock value” it’s usually aimed at saying something to overwhelm the audience with a gross or psychotic thought with an underlying layer of truth.
- Parody – When the comedian plays on a person or event and making fun of in a hyperbolic or absurd way.
- Satirical – Using exaggerations to represent a larger point about society.
- Self-Deprecating – Using the comedian’s own life for humor.
- Situational – Using the comedians own experiences to point out the humor in everyday life.
- Slapstick – Over the top, simple, short jokes with a punchline.
Most stand-up comedy routines, on a for-hire basis, are between 15-20 minutes. There are many types of gigs and events where a comedian can perform.
- Auditorium (show) – 45-120 minutes
- Comedy Club – 15-20 minutes
- Corporate Event – 20-60 minutes
- Cruise Ship – 45-90 minutes
- Gig – 15-45 minutes
- Open Mic – 5-10 minutes
- TV Appearance – 3-5 minutes
The main issue with pay for stand-up comedians is that most gigs are at bars and clubs which pay on a per performance basis. Depending on the comedians position such as hosting, being a filler, or headlining, the pay can vary widely. Salary positions are few but do exist in places of entertainment like casinos, cruise ships, and other year-round venues.
Salary: $10,400 to $67,400/yr (source: CareerExplorer)
Hourly Rate: $9.31/hr (source: CareerExplorer)
Local comics are commonly hired for corporate events, holiday parties, or any other gig that requires the comedian to perform their routine. In such requests, the comedian will commonly be paid a fixed price that includes their performance (service), transportation, and other travel costs.