Schedule

COMEDY CLUB BOOKERS: THE GATEKEEPERS OF COMEDY

Thursday, July 26
1300 - 1345 (1:00 - 1:45 PM)

Location: Hyatt Regency - Inspiration Room, Level 6
Address: 1255 Rue Jeanne Mance, Montreal, QC, H5B 1E5

Through all the changes and upheaval in the media landscape, the comedy club is still alive and well. But questions remain. How will clubs continue to thrive in an age where mobile devices and streaming media make it easier for people to watch their favorite comedians without leaving home? Are digital creators the new comedy stars or will traditional stand-ups continue to draw the biggest crowds at clubs? Is killing in a live showroom as critical to a comic’s career as having a big social media following? Can those achievements be mutually exclusive? Is there still room for club growth and expansion? If you build it, will the audience come? These four bookers will answer these questions and more plus share what they look for in talent – both up-and-comers and headliners – as well as the trends they’ve observed, the roles they play at the grass-roots level, and how they handle the tectonic shifts of the live comedy industry. Unlike the clubs, we have no two-drink minimum. But just like the clubs, heckling is highly discouraged.

Moderator: Jeff Singer (TV Producer/US Talent Scout, Just For Laughs)

Panelists:
Mark Breslin (CEO/Founder, Yuk Yuk’s Inc.)
Wende Curtis (CEO, Comedy Works)
Marc Grossman (Owner, Helium Comedy Club)
Erin Von Schonfeldt (EVP, Talent, Levity Live)

Access: ALL pass holders are allowed into this event