Jennifer Dziura handles booking for the Ladybits Comedy show. If you’ve never performed at Ladybits before, here’s how to ask for a spot!
1. Be female. If you are male, please scroll down to the “Token Male Program.”
2. Email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org with a few sentences about yourself and your credits and links (website, blog, Youtube, etc.). There should be some video in there somewhere, unless Abbi or Jen has already seen you perform. (Since you’re emailing Jen, please say “I’ve performed with Abbi” if that’s the case).
3. If you are relatively new to comedy and don’t have much in the way of credits, web presence, and video, we’re pretty amenable to people who sound nice and who offer to bring friends. Or, attending the show prior to asking is also a very nice idea. You could also try asking in the form of a limerick.
4. Please include your avails. The best way to do that is to say something like “I’m available November 3, 10, and 24 (but not 17), and then every Wednesday after that.” Ideally, we’ll be booking 8+ weeks in advance, so please include avails ad infinitum. Our show is 6:30 to 7:50 (early!), so please only include dates on which you can arrive on time — we know it’s a difficult timeframe for those with day jobs.
5. Then sit tight! Because Jen has read — and been deeply ambivalent about — The Four-Hour Workweek, she will be batching tasks by responding to booking emails once every two weeks or so. So don’t worry if it takes awhile to get a reply.
Just to be clear, these are all unpaid spots (we’re not getting paid either, although we hope that Ladybits will serve as a hub for bookers, casting agents, and others looking for amazing talent).
Are you male, but want to perform at Ladybits? You must bring home-baked cookies for everyone. Everyone, both the comics and the audience. And don’t try to buy them at some Bushwick bakery and pass them off as your own. We can tell. And do not get your girlfriend to make them for you. We will cut you. We want genuine man-cookies.
Interestingly, over years of booking co-ed shows, Jen has noticed that male comics are typically much more aggressive in asking for spots. When Jen and Abbi considered the possibility of allowing a maximum of one male comic per show, Jen said, “Wouldn’t it be funny to call him the ‘token male,’ and then just introduce him by his gender and by saying he’s cute, while forgetting his actual credits, kind of like what happens when you finally get a weekend at the West Lubbockville Laff Hutt?” And Abbi said, “If you do that, you’ll still get twice as many emails for that one spot as you get for the five actual lady-spots.” And Jen said, “Why don’t we make them bring cookies?”
And the Token Male Program was born. If no one takes us up on it, that’s cool. If cookies happen, that’s cool too.