Americans donated $373 billion to charity in 2015 — a 4 percent increase from the previous year. Fun runs, auctions, galas — all of these events raised money for good causes. Live entertainment was a fixture at many of them as bands, DJs and motivational speakers charmed donors. Stand-up comedy was another popular draw. Planning a charity drive of your own? Here’s how live entertainment can market your fundraiser event.
I am a huge soccer fan. I play on 4 teams a week and usually spend my Saturday and Sunday mornings watching the English Premier League.
I’ve been playing on and off, competitively and recreationally, since I was about four years old. Playing a sport typically teaches someone things that are applicable to other areas of their lives, and soccer is no exception.
So, what can soccer teach you about hiring a comedian?
Hiring a clean comedian for a fundraiser can be tricky, especially if you don’t have much experience. Finding the right entertainer for any type of event requires careful consideration before coming to a final decision. Comedians can vary greatly from squeaky clean, PG, and to very offensive. Carefully consider what entertainment agency you might work with and which comedians you intend to hire.
It’s hard to believe that Gilda’s LaughFest 2017 has already come and gone. Each year LaughFest demonstrates why it’s the best comedy festival in the country (in our humble opinion), and this year was no different.
Now that things have settled back down, we decided to look back at this year’s festival.
After moving from Michigan to Chicago, Jeff Arcuri quickly became a regular at The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Bar, and Zanies Comedy Clubs. The Chicago Tribune called him a, “Joke Machine.” But Jeff has a human side, too! Get to know it by reading through our interview with him below:
Gilda’s LaughFest 2017 is less than a week away and we couldn’t be more excited! After a year of brainstorming and booking talent, it’s always special to see some old favorites and meet some new comedians.
There is so much to look forward to during this 10 day festival of seriously funny stuff!
I’m a little biased, but I think that Gilda’s LaughFest is the best comedy festival in the country.
Well, technically it’s not just a comedy festival, but a festival of laughter.
The festival aims to celebrate all things funny by including stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy performances, in addition to funny films, a FUNdearwear run, lip sync contests and more (seriously, there’s a ton of stuff. Go to LaughFest Events Page to see).
Gilda’s LaughFest is a big deal. It’s a 10-day festival in the heart of Grand Rapids, MI that has attracted an average of 50,000 people to West Michigan each year.
It isn’t easy hosting a college event. You normally are competing with numerous other on-campus activities and you have to work around the various commitments students have if you want a big turn out. In addition to those two things, it can just be hard to get anyone excited enough to actually commit to attending a college event.
The good news is, there are a few brilliant strategies out there that can help you draw massive crowds.