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The Fortuna Business Improvement District will be hosting a comedy festival in the City of Fortuna as a fundraiser for the Business Improvement District. Last year we held a very successful eight (8) hour festival at the Fortuna River Lodge.
This year we would like to grow the event to a two day festival. We will feature 40+ comedians Friday night and Saturday 15+ comedians.
Last year thanks to grants, sponsors, ticket sales and comedian submissions we just about broke even. This year we will be growing the festival with the hopes it will become a fundraiser for FBID. The funds raised will allow FBID funds to promote and market Fortuna, our businesses and our events.
This year we will have multiple venues, throughout the city, host comedy shows on Friday night. The Redwood Comedy Festival will provide each venue with the comedians, emcee, security and volunteers to sell tickets. The Comedy Fest Committee will select comedians to perform Saturday for the BIG show at the River Lodge.
FYI - Fortuna Rotary's Art and Wine in the Park will take place on Sunday - in case you want to stay an extra night in Fortuna!
If you have any questions about this submission process, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the Fortuna Business Improvement District please email email@example.com.
This is a comedy festival and we want everyone to have fun!
Something Comedians should know:
Here are some Do's and Don't of Comedy Club/Event Etiquette (Pulled off an articel found online):
The Basics: Light & Noise Discipline
Cell phones: Turn them off or set them to vibrate. Never take a phone call during the show. If it can’t wait, find a place away from the show to take the call.
Conversation: Keep it quiet and under thirty seconds. Voices carry, even over a sound system. Let other people hear the show, your friends will still be there to talk to when the show is over.
No Flash Photography: It distracts and disorients everyone.
Do Not Heckle the Comedian: Heckling is interrupting the performance to upstage, disparage, or throw off the comedian. It is never acceptable, and the quickest way to ruin the show for everyone. It is also the quickest way to be humiliated in front of everyone.
Do Not Interrupt the Comedian: The common excuse for this is “I’m helping the comedian.” Comedians are professionals, they do not need help. That “help” just derails the show and wastes everyone’s time, same as heckling. Exception: If a comedian directly engages you in conversation, you are a-ok to respond. Some of the best comedy happens this way, and can make for a memorable experience. Be ready to let it go when the bit is over.
No Recording the Show: Same as a band, recording a stand-up routine violates the comic’s copyright on his material. Worse yet, a less-than-stellar performance some jerk puts up on the web can hurt the comic’s career. The infamous Michael Richards video is an extreme (arguably justified in this rare case) example of footage released by a third party that ruins the performer’s career.