So I've been at this about a year. Initially I was shy of starting a night b/c of the consistent commitment and uncertain turnout.
But I'm coming around to the idea of having a weekly opportunity to do 20-30minutes. As I work full time getting out every night is impossible so I typically do 2 om's week and avg probably 10-15min on the mic/wk. This is why I'm considering the open mic route.
I'm in Boston so navigating this is a little dicey.
At a glance ...
Sunday - 2 open mics 6pm & 9pm. 1 club bringer.
Monday - 5 open mics from 6pm - 10pm start times.
Tuesday - 1 weekly, 2 biweekly. Also traditionally the night of Boston Comedy softball league games for a big chunk of the year.
Wednesday - 3 show 'n go. 1 booked. 1 club booked as well.
Thursday - 1 but bad for sox games in the way.
Fri/Sat. Not considering so not looking.
Anyways I'm thinking of leaning on Wednesday. One of the Tuesday shows is in a area with a nearby bar I think would work and was thinking of doing one Wednesday if they were open to it.
Also been considering packing it with the bar on a trivia night for a preset audience.
Ultimately I'm curious regarding negotiating the details of something like this. What should I expect to get re residuals from the start and would you recommend this be something negotiated after starting the mic or before?
Also I'm not a huge fan of the pure show 'n go mentality and was thinking of doing a blend with X# of show 'n go spots and a handful of longer booked sets. So I could advertise a bit easier.