Having a successful fundraiser comedy night can bring in between $4,000 and $16,000, we have worked with organizations that have pulled in $80,000 from a single fundraising comedy event.
James has been performing and helping to produce fundraising comedy nights since 2003. He’s the creator of 2 of the largest fundraiser comedy tours in history www.WoofRaise.com and www.ComedyForTheCure.com. Both of the tours have raised over $1 Million dollars each, and have annual events in over 40 cities across Canada and USA.
With the experience he has from producing these tours he can help give you some tips on having a very successful night of comedy. When its time to hire a comedian, get in touch with us. We have hand selected and vetted all of our talent.
How to Have a Fundraiser Comedy Night.
1. Have a committee or group of people working together to make your comedy night a success. The more people you can have helping sell tickets and put the word out in the community, the more successful it will be. The most powerful advertising is word of mouth. There will always be some members of the group who are more social butterflies and will sell lots more tickets, find those people and encourage them
2. Pick the right comedian or comedians. Knowing what audience you expect to come out, hire the appropriate comedian. A fundraiser comedy night is different than just having a comedy night at a bar or comedy club. It takes a special kind of comedian to perform for an audience that comes out to support your fundraiser.
James Uloth has been performing comedy since 2003 and has played for 100’s of fundraisers and done over 3000’s of shows in 4 different coutnries. If you need a comedian that is versatile and with a long resume have James play your event.
3. Choose the right date. Make sure you aren’t competing directly with any huge events in your community. There is often no ideal time, you’ll be competing against something and that is just the law of averages. But don’t go head to head with a huge branded annual event that the entire town goes to i.e. the 11th annual chili cook off.
4. Promote, promote, promote. Make sure to get the word of mouth out there like we mentioned in #1. Also send out press releases and phone/email the local media. On top of raising money on just this event, you’ll want to raise the profile of what you are fundraising for. A comedy night is a great reason to be reaching out to the media and letting them know who you are.
5. Have volunteers available for the day of the event. Make sure you have enough support to help set up the show room. Many hands make light work. You’ll also need people to be managing the door and taking tickets. Even though you are fundraising, people will try and sneak in if they can….. believe us we have seen it many times. Make sure to have a control system with hand stamps or wristbands.
6. Have a silent auction and raffle items. Its important to monetize your fundraising comedy night. When you have that many people come to an event, have places for them to spend money. A silent auction can bring in lots of extra proceeds, and everyone loves a 50/50 draw and other raffles.
7. Decorate your event to make it have a personal touch. Let people know what you are fundraising for by showing them. Have a display on the way in with pictures. Decorate the stage with your colors, have fun with it
TIP: Don’t put balloons or other decorations between the sight line of the audience to the comedian. They will distract from the show and people will be always moving around trying to see past them.
8. Snacks. Its always great to have some snacks around, something even inexpensive like putting some chips on the tables. Its a nice touch and the audiences appreciate it.
9. Did we mention to hire the right comedian! Make sure to see video on the headline comedian, he is the most important part of the night. Make sure he has experience in performing at fundraisers.
10. Have a great time. Its important to have fun while you work this event, the people coming out to support will recognize this. Laughter is contagious, and you will see it spread. It takes effort to put on an event, plan it out correctly and everyone coming is coming to have fun. Let the power of comedy take effect!
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