We have done this three times now, so why not do it again! These are just some of the top gifts a comedian would love to get. I have these broken down by level of comedian, but that doesn’t mean if someone is just starting out they wouldn’t like a new phone. It’s based on price mainly. So let’s get into this!
Comedians love pens, man! Get them these and they will thank you all year round. They need pens to sign up for open mics and most importantly, for writing the material that will one day get them out of the basement of a hotel and onto the stage of a fancy comedy club.
Hook em up with some notebooks. Comedians go through tons of these damn things. So you might as well get them some nice ones so they can look back at all the dick jokes they wrote.
If the comedian in your life is serious about their performance, then they should be recording it to see if the laughs are coming when they want them and to pick up on any bad habits they have on stage. This is a cheap option if you are not going to use an app on your phone.
Get em a lyft gift card. I don’t have a link, so you will just have to type it into your pocket computer. Driving to all these spots will waste a lot of gas. Hook em up with an adult (that is usually not drunk) that will drive them around.
Update the sound coming out of your phone, so you can hear yourself even better than a voice recorder that will get all the noise in the room (really bad if you are doing a show in a bar). Grab this mic from Rode that will enhance your sound as well as video if you want to record video with your smartphone.
I am always looking for ways to record myself performing. I can see my mannerisms and check on act outs and adjust them if I am going to crazy. You can also use a good recording to send to bookers if you are in a pinch (I would use a camera and not my smartphone). That is why getting a tripod for you smartphone is great! This one is a good option. It comes with a remote so you can start the recording as soon as your name is called.
Get your love one the gift of spotify! I rock Apple Music, but I know not everyone is into Apple Music as much as they are into Spotify. This will help them calm down before a set, or help them not loose their mind while driving to a gig, or set the mood while they are getting some action after a show. I don’t know what they are into, but the gift of music is normally a great one.
Wanna blow a comedian’s mind? Get them this! This is one of the best laptops you can get and the only way they wouldn’t like this is if they like Macs (like me). This laptop will have enough power to help them make up posters, record and edit podcast and play all those sexual documentaries comedians love.
If you know me in real life (and not just from my crappy writing) then you know I love my iPad. Well, I personally now have an iPad Pro and it is one of the best tablets available. You can get a surface, but I feel the speed and portability of the iPad can not be beat. I edit photos and videos on this bad boy. I write my jokes into it, and I watch netflix on it when I am in a hotel room far from home. My electronic companion.
Comedians need a good phone so they can take all those calls from people wanting them on their shows. Now you can grab an iPhone, but they are pricey (especially the new XS ones). How about the baddest Samsung has to offer. The S9 has great big screen and a nice camera so you can get selfies with all those stars they are hanging out with.
If you want a dedicated camera to record sets for submission or even just to look at get this bad boy! This is a great camera, and I have seen the video from this camera with my own eyes and several comedians have this.
There you have it. Some gift ideas for that comedian in your life. Give the gift of consumer electronics to fill that hole in their life. I am sure that any of these gift would be great to give to almost anyone, but comedians will find extra use from them.