I thought I would update this article to give those out there more ideas on what to get that special someone in their life that also happens to deal in the funny arts. They will be in three categories: Stocking Stuffers, Mid range (sorry I couldn’t come up with s cooler category), and then Loaded. I hope this guide will help you find a great gift for the comedian in your life.
These are great for the comedian that is hard to shop for
Pens: Comedians need a writing utensil when an idea hits their head meat, so you might as well keep them well stocked in pens. I like gel pens. I don’t know why, but I tend to gravitate to them. Get them a box of pens and whenever they are thinking of the perfect butthole joke, they will think of you.
Gift Card: A lot of people think gift cards are lazy gifts. I don’t! I love them. Instead of someone getting me something I will never use, I get to go out and pick what I will leave in my closet forever. This is a great idea for the comedian that is so hard to shop for that you are losing sleep because of it.
Netflix: If they are a road comic, they will love you for getting them a subscription to a service like Netflix. While they are in a hotel room or on the side of the road trying to get some much needed rest, they can watch their favorite comedy special.
This is for the comedians that you want to spend a little bit more on.
Moleskine Smart Writing Set: Comedians love to write, but they are also afraid of losing their notebook or once the notebook is full, and they have to write in a new one, all of their previously written jokes are not with them. No longer! With this bad boy, they can still write like they are Ernest Hemingway, yet keep all of their writings with them through the smart writing app. They also have notebooks for evernote and livescribe, so if they use one of those services it will save right there!
Squarespace: Every serious comedian (and even the not so serious ones) have a website. You need something to send folks to other than you Facebook page (that is so 2012). With a squarespace subscription, they will have a great place to set up a site that looks really good. I am not a website builder, but harryjriley.com looks pretty good. The price is low, but the quality is high.
GoPro: Watching yourself on stage is a good way to see what you need to change. Pictured is the gopro 5, but they have a cheaper gopro session 5 that is good as well. You can mount these bad boys anywhere and with the included app, they can see their shot without having to keep readjusting it if it is in a hard to reach spot (like over an audience member’s head). They also have editing software that will help them clean the video up and have it ready for potential bookers.
This category is for those with deep pockets or you really, really love that comedian.
Camcorder: Getting good video of your sets is really important when you are trying to get into competitions and get booked. Hook your comedian up with a baller camcorder like this Sony FDR-AX33. It records in 4k, so when that comedy festival organizer sees every crease in their slacks they are a shoe in to be picked!
A New Phone: Phones. Where would we be without them? Probably not in the bathroom playing candy crush. Smartphones are like swiss army knives of tech. A comedian can record their shows, and then edit them and then send them to YouTube for the world to see within minutes. Pictured is the iphone 7 plus, but it doesn’t have to be Apple (make sure you know what operating system they like before getting them a new phone) Android has several great phones like the Google Pixel and then there is the OnePlus 3.
Surface Pro 4: Nothing says you love someone like a new laptop, tablet thingy. The surface pro 4 is everything a world traveling comedian could want in a device. It has the power of a laptop, but the portability of a tablet. They can sketch out their poster ideas right there on the touch screen and when they want to edit their script they can with type cover that can be had later.
I hope this gives you some ideas on what to get that special comedian in your life.