Here is a step by step guide on how to hold a fundraiser comedy night. Its a great way to not only raise money but use the event to gain publicity for your fundraising cause.
I’m the creator of 2 of the largest fundraiser comedy tours in the world, both Comedy For The Cure and Raise The Woof. Each have raised over $1,000,000 and combined operate in over 40 cities and towns on an annual basis. I love establishing new events and helping people go through the process of creating an event with comedy, which is something I am very passionate about.
Enough of my rabble. Here is a walk through that can help you get through the process.
1. Name the event! brand it something that relates to your cause and also implies comedy. Have some fun with it, hopefully this will become an annual event and this branding will help carry you into the future.
2. Get a venue and lock in the date. The earlier you can plan and get your venue secured the better. It assures you can get the facility you want! That being said there are typically many options for venues. I have played everything from church basements, back rooms at bars, high school auditoriums, community halls, banquet rooms, and so many more.
4.. Hire the right comedian. There are lots of people that call themselves comedians, but very few that can entertain at a fundraiser event. You’ll want a comedian that has experience and that will make you all look good for booking them in.
I’ve performed at and help put on more fundraisers than almost any comedian in history. It would be great if I could provide the entertainment at you event, if I can’t personally be there I can help hire the right comedians.
5. Have your tickets and posters ready to advertise. A great way to get the people out is to have your volunteers actively selling tickets.
6. Monetize the event. You’ll want to have points of sale in addition to ticket revenue. Most commonly you see raffles, silent auctions and 50-50 draws. You can make a tremendous amount of revenue, and even eclipse the ticket revenue by having these other points of sale.
7. Personalize the event. Make the venue have your organizations personal touch. It doesn’t take much extra time or funds to decorate the venue. It shows people at a subconscious level that this a special affair, and they should open those wallets and donate.
If you are looking to book myself or have me find you some great comedians please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (3230 570-4242.