Becoming A Comedy Manager

September 15th, 2003

“My two young cousins have hired me as their “manager”. I’ve got a degree in film and have lived in LA for 8 years. Well, they ARE really funny… and I guess they think that I have “connections”.

I’ve agreed to help them with their venture… where do I start?

I’ve told them to practice and perfect a 20 minute stand-up act so far and have been researching open mike nights.

What else?”

Aaron Hill

Liam’s Answer

Aaron, the first thing you’ve got to do is get your cousins to sign a management contract with you. Too many people think that it’s OK to work on a nod and a handshake, but when the money starts rolling in, your cousins will start to question giving you 50% of everything they make.

Colonel Tom said to Elvis “Sign here before you sing, Elvis”, and he was able to keep every ill-gotten cent.

Remember, your cousins will try to question your percentage. Even to someone starting out, 50% seems like a lot. Remember to explain to them that being ripped off by your first manager is a key step to becoming famous. Show me a rock star, and I’ll show you someone with a lasting grudge about ongoing royalty payments.

Good luck.

Chris’ Answer

The best thing you can do as a manager is find babes for your cousins to shag. Then they wont care if your taking even 75%.

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Becoming A Comedy Manager