I know Spokane is in the title, but it really stands that any city the size of Spokane can be a great place to start your comedy career and in some cases be a great place to maintain a career as well. Let’s look at the reasons now.
Goldilocks Effect Spokane is damn near the perfect size when starting out your career. It isn’t as large as LA or NYC where you will be spending more time traveling to open mics than actually performing, but it isn’t so small that there is only one or two stages to get better. Spokane has a stage almost every night of the week in which to perform, and unlike larger cities, you do not run the chance of getting bumped after making the commute to get there. Spokane also has one of the premier clubs in the country with the Spokane Comedy Club. That means you get to see and hopefully perform with bigger acts and get seen by more people and that can lead to more work down the line.
The Others In Spokane right now are about 40-50 comedians. That is way less than most cities, but what than means is a close knit community. From my observations, the larger the city, the more segregated the comedians. The hip comedians are over here and the alt-comedians are over there and the comedians with puppets are on the roof for some reason. Most comedians in Spokane know each other which leads to a, mostly, equal distribution of work. With the amount of comedians in the area, there are enough for solid competition, but not enough to have the feuds that you see in other scenes.
Location, Location, Location! Spokane is is a four hour drive to Seattle, a six hour drive to Portland, and about the same amount of time to Boise. That means you are pretty close to some large cities in which to further your career. Say you have a day job and you have a show in Seattle. It will be a challenge of course, but it is an early morning drive, and a late night drive and you are back at work, a little more drowsy, but it can be done. You can maintain relationships with promoters in those cities and still benefit from Spokane’s lower cost of living.
There you go, some reasons why Spokane is a great place to start performing. Of course I could list a couple more, but I liked the three that are listed above. Next week, I will tell you guys why Spokane isn’t the best place to start your comedy career. See, I can milk both sides for content!