Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Gavin Polone's advice for NBC: look to the example of cable networks by spending less on riskier shows that shoot for a niche audience – and probably a male one, since CBS, ABC and Fox have average audiences of 56, 54 and 43.5. Jeez, old people really love network television.
“Dance like the photo’s never going to be tagged; Love like you’ve never been defriended; Tweet like no one’s following.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Romantic, isn’t it? Tweet as you will, if you actually had zero followers it would be hard not to let yourself straighten out a curve on the Pacific Coast Highway and plummet blissfully down onto the rocky cliffs below, where at least you’d feel something.
Admit it, it’s fine, you want followers. How many? How many is enough? 200,000? Well as the saying goes, “if you want 200,000 followers, follow 200,000 auto follow-back robots.” But some of us want humans to like us too, and that’s [...]
A lot of comedians complain about being asked to “say something funny.” Comedians take “say something funny” as a threat. It’s sort of the same response a scientist has when someone demands, “Prove to me right now that evolution is a thing!” Even if the scientist makes a convincing case, the denier is probably going to nod and say, “Yeah. Worms in a lab. Thought so. Deborah could be doing much better than you.”
But there are comedy challenges worse than “say something funny.” For example, “help me say something funny.”
Not to be mistaken with its entertainment industry cousin, “I'll pay you to make me funny,” “help [...]
Like everything else in our hyper-connected multi-platform macro-digital age, comedy has become increasingly fragmented. Whereas once comedians could be easily placed into three very broad categories — “Men”, “Women”, or “Black People” — and marketed accordingly, now there are a seemingly infinite number of niche subcultures within the comedy community, each with its own unique demographics and strat.
So before you worry about writing down a single joke or trying to have an original thought, it is crucial for you to first decide on a unique comedy “brand” so you can easily market/promote yourself. Here are eight established ideas for you to choose from: