This is something that messes me up to no end. I hope that this is only a thing that happens in bigger cities but I believe it is bad for the business.
I'll never underestimate the number of dumb and naive aspiring comedians ( i was one once) that fall into that bringer deathtrap.
I'm a comedian, former business owner, moderately funny, somewhat succesful show producer, and worked at (helped open) a club in Los Angeles.
It amazes me how some clubs are so passe about what horrible shows that producers put on. I know most clubs have been in business longer than I have been doing comedy, but it just doesn't seem like the bringer business model is sustainable.
For the most part, it just seems to canibalize any new comedians circle of friends and fans, before they are ready for real stage time. As an advocate for audiences and comedians it saddens me. As a fellow producer, it disgusts me.
If you aren't familliar with bringer shows, consider yourself lucky. I am sure other people on this board can describe them much more eloquently than I can.