There are many different paths a comedian’s career can take. Whether they wind up acting in a TV show, movie, or on Broadway; headlining a comedy festival; writing for late-night; anchoring a popular podcast; winning a Grammy, or hosting the Oscars, they all usually start at the same place – a comedy club. The people who own and operate these clubs are the ones who essentially open the doors and provide the first opportunities for comics to hone their craft on stage and pursue their ultimate dreams. Because when it comes to assessing if someone is funny and testing their comedy mettle, nothing beats a live audience reaction. These are the folks on the front lines who oversee these environments, curate the bookings, and foster talent development on a nightly basis. Their knowledge, experience and wisdom as entrepreneurs in the comedy business are priceless to those willing to take this challenging yet rewarding journey. They are the true gatekeepers to comedy stardom.
We have assembled some of the most prominent and astute comedy club owners from across North America to discuss a variety of hot topics, controversial issues, trends and changes that affect the comedy industry today. If you caught last year’s fireworks, you know you’re in for a real treat once again. This behind-the-scenes town hall setting will include audience participation and deliver big energy, strong opinions, reality checks, raw honesty, thought-provoking comments and lots of laughs. It’s everything you’d expect from a night out at a comedy club – but during the daytime in a hotel ballroom.
Rick Bronson (President, House of Comedy & The Comic Strip)
Access: ALL pass holders are allowed into this event