Comedians are as common as dandelions in May, but it’s not always easy to know how to book fresh, upcoming, or even established talent for an event. If you’re just setting out in the comedy event scene as an event organizer or talent booker, you may not know where to look for the comedic talent that you want to hire. Here are a few places to start. 

1. Local Open-Mics

No matter the size of the city, and even in plenty of towns, there are open-mic comedy nights for the amateur stand-up act to get their wings. While these wouldn’t necessarily be the first choice for many looking to book talent that will draw in a crowd, there is always the possibility of discovering a diamond-in-the-rough, or a spectacular opening act for a more established comedian. Don’t be afraid to go out on the town and look for some fresh talent. Everyone has to start somewhere. 

2. Comedy Showcases at Local Comedy Clubs

Comedy clubs have stand-up nights as well, but these are most likely in line with the type of event you’re planning. One that hires comedians that’ll draw in fans and a sizable crowd. While event sizes may vary, there are bound to be comedy showcases of reasonably well-known talent nearby if you’re in a metropolitan area. Some clubs even host the big acts, but be wary of approaching them as a producer, since the famous comedians would most likely rather go through their agent for gigs. 

3. Internet Searches

The most basic search tool possible: search engines like Google, Bing, Start Page, DuckDuckGo, and the endless list of smaller engines can provide you with instant results in a hierarchy that will align with your preferences to book quality entertainment. Depending on your budget, you can search far and wide, or locally. You can also search on social media using hashtags to find both new and famous acts. What does your budget allow for? That’s something you’ll need to have in the front of your mind as you draw up a preliminary list.

4. Hiring Apps for Entertainers

In our new age of social media and apps, there are innovative ways of discovering talent of all kinds. There are even apps that list entertainers for hire that you can peruse to look for talent to book. Comedians like Nick Carthan are listed on, a brilliant new platform with a mission to make it easy for anyone in the USA to hire talented local entertainers for events of all kinds: weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, private parties, and more. 

Finding the right talent for a comedy event can seem challenging. You have to find comedians, make sure they fit together in a lineup to some degree, make sure hosting and scheduling is arranged, and more. Using these means of finding comics can streamline your stress and get the show planning in motion. In a matter of no time, you’ll have an event line up that’ll have the crowd falling out of their seats. 


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  1. Great post! I used to do open mic nights (not for comedy but singing and playing guitar). Unfortunately, I was never discovered haha but it’s a great place to find talent!

    1. Aww, that’s great that you at least made an attempt! Perhaps you might start it back up again,.. you never know… you might be a hidden gem! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!