Re: Starting a local open-mic
That's exactly what I meant by "antagonize". That sounds awful for everyone. I know an audience of comics can be pretty tight, but they let you do your material, which is the main point of an open mic to begin with.
It doesn't seem to antagonize so much as result in a loud bar of patrons trying to talk over the comedy as comedians try to talk over patrons.
Actually, an audience of comics is the best audience for an open mic -- they're largely polite, and don't tend to fall for hack jokes (though they may have their own biases you have to correct for). If you regularly have actual non-comic audience members who are there to see a show, it's stupid to have an open mic at that venue. Book the show, entertain the civilians, build something.
What you're describing is no valid alternative to anything.
And I guess my point is not so much that that existing open mic should close -- though there are serious ethical and business issues with the idea of stand-up (open-mic stand-up, at that) being presented to an audience which is likely to see it as an annoyance. That's not good for anyone. Not on the night, not in the long term. Why would you want the people who go to that bar to associate stand-up comedy with some jerk with a microphone trying to shout over them? You're not just killing one audience on the night, you're killing potential future audiences for real shows.
(Not you specifically. I know.)
But at the very least, can we agree that just because misfortune has thrust one open mic into a terrible situation, that's no reason to deliberately create another terrible open mic?
Erik Charles Nielsen is a moderately funny fellow... right?
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