Here’s what Eric had to say about how he determines who to book, how the booking business has changed in the past few years, what comedians can typically expect to get paid for different types of gigs, and the biggest misconception that comedians have about booking agents among other things.
I’m excited to introduce a new series of interviews here on Connected Comedy through which I’ll be able to share with you some of the expertise of various people working in the comedy industry.
To kick things off, I recently spoke to Reg Tigerman, who works as a manager and producer with the Levity Entertainment Group based in Los Angeles. Here’s what Reg had to say about what he looks for in new talent, how he thinks comedians should approach their career, and the role that social media and digital tools can play in getting you discovered and improving your act.
“My formula has always been I’m big on preparing. Prepare like crazy. But then just as you’re heading out, half an hour beforehand, forget all of it. It’s there. It’s in your reptile brain. Go out but feel loose enough to grab opportunities as they come up. Don’t just stick to the plan if you see an opportunity. Now sometimes you go out there and the energy is such that you just stick to the plan and you do fine. But when you get out there and the energy is particularly good, I’m the first one to throw out things left and right and just go for it. The show is always best when it’s just play. When you’re playing, there’s a tension, yin-yang tension between think beforehand and then just get out there, between preparation and improvisation. And that’s been a lot of my career, finding the balance between those two.”
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