Yep, we are doing this once again! Here is the list of things I think you should get that special comedian in your life. There will be three groupings: Open micer, Feature act, and Headliner! I hope this helps you. You can help me by clicking on the embedded links. Every purchase kicks a couple of nickles my way. Thanks!
Just Starting out, it is a great idea to have a mic. You can use the mic on your phone, but a dedicated microphone is an awesome option so you can get more of your voice and less of the pool game in the back of the room. If you have a little more coin, Get this Rode Video Mic Me.
Every comedian needs something to write with. Get them one of these bad boys. It is a nice looking notebook so when they walk into that biker’s bar they will look like someone. If they always writing and you know they will go through a couple of these in no time, these will work great.
Yeah, these may work, but if you want them to feel important, then get them a fancy pen! They will feel like Dickens or Poe while writing about their balls.
The prices may be rising, so that also means this is for those that may be a little more serious about comedy.
Now that you have the time, it is time to start working on that set that will get you in the biggest clubs in the country, or at the very least, keep your granny from hassling you. The beastgrip is designed for any phone, so you don’t have to worry about iphone, android, or (shudders) Windows phone. They have lenses and connection to add mics, lights, and anything else to get the best video to send out there. If this is too much then this is a great alternative.
This is for the people out there that are putting on their own shows. They may not be booked in a place that has their own sound system. Instead of standing in the back by the darts, not getting heard, grab these bad boys and now they can take their comedy on the road, making that sweet, sweet tater tot money. These are a little more expensive, but they are nicer to carry.
If they don’t have a sound system, they may not have proper lighting. Now, you can go to Lowes and get a clamp light, but these will work great because you can slap them on a stand and you have a nice spot light.
Hey, a comedian is on the road all the time, and they need a companion that will help them unwind, or keep them writing deep into the night. This has enough power to edit your videos and podcast, and it bends all sorts of ways so you can watch a movie while you lay on your friends sofa. If you are an apple guy I suggest this bad boy.
Everyone has a cell phone, but do they have a cell phone this sweet? You can do a lot with this bad boy. Joke ideas can be jotted down without turning the phone on. Your set list can be written down last minute and saved on this gorgeous and huge screen. It is pricey if not bought with a plan, but it will be your comedian’s favorite possession. If you are an iphone guy this will do. If you are a Windows phone or Blackberry user this is for you.
This is personally my favorite thing to talk about. A dedicated camera is great because you won’t have to rely on the digital zoom that a lot of cameras on phones have. With interchangeable lens cameras, you can decide how you want the footage to look. This Panasonic is one of the cheapest 4k cameras you can get. It has a mic jack so you can get awesome sound as well as crispy video. If you must have a camcorder, let me suggest this one. It is another Panasonic, but it is a traditional camcorder for all of those that want to also film a sex tape when they are not on stage.
There are plenty of things that you can stuff in their stockings. Get them a domain from Squarespace, that way they can set up a website to help fans get in touch with them. If they are going from open mic to open mic then get them a lyft gift card! That way they can travel all around the city attending mics and not have to worry about parking. You could also give them a hug. They will probably need it! I would like to thank Phil, Missy, Mika and Folger for giving me some great ideas for this post. Oh and Greg. I didn’t forget Greg…ole Greg.