Now, comedy is not a sport. It is an art form. For decades people have been in the business of pitting comedian against comedian. The whole business is supported by the comedians. Open mic nights and the like.
Twenty five years ago there was a meeting, in Chicago, held by every club owner, in the country and it was decided that rather than pay comedians, the clubs would tele market the shows, giving tickets away and raising the drink prices to make up the difference. The clubs no longer paid the comedians anything and for some unknown reason the comics went along with it. Now the performers are working for nothing except the privilege of performing. Performers have nowhere to perform and get paid.
The level of quality has plummeted, as a result. These comedians don’t know the first thing about what they’re doing. They are simply copying mistake made by other so-called comedians. They don’t know where to stand on a stage, the club owners no longer seat the audience and there is nothing done to present the performers properly. I have been going to watch this so called comedy and it is embarrassing. In every city there is a group of ‘comedians’ who compliment each other for their work and the work is terrible.
And I haven’t even mentioned ‘mic technique or the physicality of performing.