Mad House Comedy Club, San Diego, CA

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  1. katie says:

    Hi there, not sure if you answer questions in your podcasts, or have already answered this one (I’m only about 20 episodes in) but I was wondering if you could speak to the process of working your way up in the business of stand up comedy? For example, is it more luck (someone discovering you) or word of mouth, or moreso about who you know in the business? Is there only “so much room” for white male comedians and only room enough for one famous Asian female comedian (Ali Wong) , and one famous Indian American male (Aziz Ansari) comedian in the business? Hope this isn’t a dumb question, but just curious about the ins and outs of this career path, and how comedians typically get their big break//go from standup in small clubs to filling stadiums in large cities. Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Not a dumb question at all, I feel like I’m far from successful in stand up but I am making a living at it so who knows. I think it’s a mix of working hard on being good and trying to get yourself in a position to get noticed, getting into comedy festivals and competitions and trying to get on shows that will get you traction. As far as ethnic background or gender goes, I think there isn’t room for anybody in this business. They have all the comics they need so if you want to get into it you have to somehow make your own room for yourself, I know that’s vague but my eleven years in comedy has been too. So to sum it all up I think success in comedy is a mixture of being good, working hard and a little bit of luck too, viral videos are excellent but you can’t decide which ones go viral. – Zoltan

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