Comedy on the playa

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Comedy on the playa

Post by EB » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:52 pm

Hey all,

EB here, first time, long time. I've been attending off and on since 2000 & still can't believe we're at 70k attendees. It's a good thing ticket prices haven't gone up!

So I'm thinking of putting together a small camp (around 10, mixture of vets and virgins) with the purpose of hosting a small comedy stage. It'll be very basic: 1.) a 5'x8' stage with a small bar next to it, a few chairs but not "seating", a light rig & mic set-up. All covered under a 30'x30 or 40'x'40 EMT conduit/alumina-net shade structure.

My goal is to fill about an hour a night, or 8 comics doing 5 minutes each and two "headliners" doing 10 each. Less "open mic" and more "Laugh Factory on an off-Tuesday". Also: The comedy has to be ridiculously playa-centric.

Assuming I'll have all the camping stuff accounted for (as much as one can) my question(s) is/are this/these:

What am i missing?

What do you see as some of the challenges to a camp like this? Mine, so far:

1.) Flaking
2.) General fuckery that comes with having to concentrate, at night, on the playa.
3.) Booing.

1.) All my journeled dick jokes set free at once. Like a million voices crying out, then silenced.
2.) Free drinks for me and my friends, anywhere on the playa.
3.) Chance to be discovered by Mr. Harvey.

I'd love to hear feedback, best practices.


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Re: Comedy on the playa

Post by AfricanFire » Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:06 pm

I love this. I think your biggest problem might be people flaking on you. Maybe an 'Open Mic Comedy' option so there are no gaps? The comedy will likely be terrible, but I'm sure there'd be willing victims volunteers. There are always volunteers at Karaoke bars even if they can't sing at all. And a rule - if you boo, you're up next / only people who've performed on the stage are allowed to boo.

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Re: Comedy on the playa

Post by Ratty » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:46 am

You've been going since 2000. You know the drill. Plan it. Build it. Watch it morph. Enjoy it.

Wouldn't it be a shame if it turned into a strip joint. NOT!
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Re: Comedy on the playa

Post by Captain Goddammit » Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:32 pm

It might be a comedy club if it's a strip joint, depending on who is stripping...

But yeah, the only issue I think will be flaking. And I love the rule that whoever boos is up next to show how its done!
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Re: Comedy on the playa

Post by Zubeneschamali » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:54 pm

The comedy usually gets better with strict enforcement of the two drink minimum rule....

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Re: Comedy on the playa

Post by Token » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:53 pm

Hmm ...

Seems like allot of work to institutionalize the long standing tradition of pulling up a lawn chair on the esplanade and firing off through a megaphone.

I’d do it different and make it a JOTS comedy tour, run it mornings during the “rush hour”, megaphone it for simplicity, do the whole show with a captive audience in the blue-splash-row, then move a block.

That would be smashing good.

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Re: Comedy on the playa

Post by alt12 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:48 pm

So what's the deal with all the dust?


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