Hell Gigs And Using Comedy Evaluator Pro For Performance Evaluations

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What is a hell gig? A hell gig for stand-up comedians is any gig that is not conducive to laughter generation. This can include, but is not limited to:

– Poor audience attentiveness or interest in anything other than the comedy show

– Poor audience seating

– Minimal audience attendance

– Less than optimal sound where the audience can’t hear the comedian

– Environmental factors that create severe distractions away from the comedy show

So, where does Comedy Evaluator Pro fit in?

You may be shocked to discover that…

Basically, it doesn’t fit in at all.

Let’s look at this from a logical perspective:

Comedy Evaluator Pro is a tool to help measure laughter generation.

But if there is no laughter generation, whether the comedian is performing at a hell gig or not, well…

Then there’s nothing to measure.

What I will say about hell gigs is this:

There are a number of things to learn from hell gigs. But trying to measure laughter generation ability from a scenario where the comedian is doomed before they ever hit the stage is not one of them.

The very best thing a comedian can do when it comes to hell gigs is to avoid them whenever possible — especially when it is obvious that the gig is destined for failure before the comedian even gets to the stage.

Don’t play into this nonsense that “the show must go on”.

No it doesn’t — not when the set-up and/or environment sets the comedian up for failure right from the start.

Walk away from any gig that is a sure fire set-up for comedy failure.

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One thought on “Hell Gigs And Using Comedy Evaluator Pro For Performance Evaluations

  1. I think the main reason why people would perform those gigs in the first place would be to get more stage experience. Once a comedian gets more experienced they should be to spot those kind of gigs from a mile away. Comedy Evaluator Pro really would not help in those kind of gigs. I would not have thought of that.

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