A comedian is asked to quote on a clean show on a regular (i.e. not an “event” date such as New Year’s Eve) Tuesday night for three hundred people:
1) Using the baseline of $750, we apply a 33% increase for clean comedy, bringing our baseline to $1,000
2) We then apply another increase based on the size of the audience. At 300 people, it would be another 30% increase, bringing our baseline to $1,300
3) However, if the show is on a Tuesday, we would implement a discount of 10% to account for a non-premium day. This drops our price to $1,170
4) If we like round numbers, we can round up to $1,200/hour
For those comedians who charge HST, add it to the total when presenting the invoice to the client.
Often, there will be more than one comedian on the show. The suggested formula for splitting the money would be to have the person who negotiated the booking for the show take 15% off the top as a fee for procuring the work. A portion of the money would be set aside to cover travel expenses (i.e. gas). The remainder of the money would be divided amongst the comics as a proportion of the time they do compared to the total show length.
So working off the example above:
1) Given $1,200 to start, the booker would take $180 as their procurement fee, leaving $1,020
2) Travel to and from the venue will cost $60 in gas, leaving $960
3) For this particular show, there is a host, middle, and headliner. The host is doing 15 minutes (10 minutes to start and another 5 minutes before the headliner), the middle is doing 15 minutes, and the headliner is doing 30 minutes. This represents a 50/25/25 split which comes out to $240 for the host and middle and $480 for the headliner.
Individual comedians can omit or add other factors as they see fit as these are, again, only guidelines. Hopefully, this will provide some useful guidance to comedians as to the factors they should consider when deciding what to charge.
REMEMBER! THESE WOULD BE RECOMMENDED MINIMUM AMOUNTS