One of the areas that often causes confusion is equipment and production for the entertainer. Your contract should outline what equipment is needed – and typically it is your responsibility to provide it all. While the needed production (sound, lights, stage) are very minimal compared to other forms of entertainment like bands and certain variety act, getting the sound and lights the setup will have a big impact on the show
Before you check out rentals, you should work with your venue to determine what is included and what they have available for an extra fee.You can also ask them if they have a source they can recommend for renting the items you need. They typically have relationships with various vendors and can recommend a reliable company for you.
Each comedian will have their own preferences and requirements, that is why it’s important to make sure the contract covers these details. You don’t want to be unprepared or hit with last minute unexpected expenses.
In most cases, a comedian will require:
Professional PA/Sound system with front facing speakers
Wired handheld microphone
Microphone stand with a round base
Proper setup allows for the best atmosphere for guests to enjoy the show. You want the comedian comfortable so they can focus on delivering their humor without distraction. You want guests to be able to hear and see easily. The equipment will help ensure it all goes off smoothly.
It’s important, if possible, to run a full technical rehearsal to ensure that all equipment functions as expected.