Want a gig?
We have availabilities for acts at all levels, from total beginner to established pros
For newish comedians (or anyone else that fancies it), we have the "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" gong shows. This is nothing like the ruthless gong shows at the Comedy Store that you may have heard about. It's friendly! Around 15 acts compete. Each act gets a guaranteed 2 mins, after this point, lights flash and 5 selected audience members hold up cards. If at least 3 are red, it's time to leave. You can also be voted off by the compere or promoter if you are doing material that has been largely stolen or is blatantly racist.
If at least 3 are green, then carry on until they flash again approx 90 seconds later. (Lights usually only flash during pauses, not mid-gag) If you survive 5 minutes, you are in the final, where you get one minute to convince the audience you should win. Winners get £30 prize, bookings at other clubs and qualify for a Champion's Special Final for a £100 prize.
If you are new to comedy, please note we are looking for acts to be doing their own material, not gags doing the rounds on texts and the internet or old-skool Bernard Manning/Chubby Brown-type material.
What we need to know:
Stage Name (if different)?
Where are you based?
Do you drive?
If so, can you give lifts to other acts in your area?
What is your contact telephone number?
We usually aim to get acts to travel together where possible to cut travel costs.
What experience do you have? If you are doing paid work, for which well-known promoters?
IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE WAY BEYOND DOING THE GONG SHOW, PLEASE INCLUDE A GOOD QUALITY VIDEO OF A LIVE PERFORMANCE WHICH IS AT LEAST 3 MINS LONG AND UNEDITED.
Please note that Funhouse booker Spiky Mike is always at the gong shows, so it can be a good way of being seen quickly with a view to future higher level bookings.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Once You Have Been Booked.
Please arrive at venue when doors open. Venue info is on this website. We will email you a reminder a few days before your show with full details about everything you will need to know. If you can't make it, please let us know asap.
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