Comedy clubs are places of laughter, entertainment, and, more often than not, unpredictable hilarity. However, to ensure that everyone has a fantastic time, there are some unspoken rules of etiquette that every audience member should be aware of. In this guide, we’ll explore the do’s and don’ts of being an avid audience member at a comedy club, ensuring you make the most of your night while keeping the good vibes rolling.

The Do’s Of Comedy Clubs

Arrive Early: Beat the Crowd and Enjoy yourself before the show!

Arriving early is not just a courtesy; it’s a golden rule of comedy club etiquette. Getting there ahead of time allows you to pick the best seats, chat with your friends without disturbing others, and enjoy any pre-show entertainment that may be on offer.

Respect the Seating Arrangement: Follow Staff Instructions and Avoid Seat-Saving

Respect the seating arrangement as directed by the club’s staff. They know how to ensure that everyone has a great view of the stage, and how to create the best environment possible. Moving chairs is not going to just annoy the club but the rest of the audience too!

Show Appreciation: Laugh, Clap, and Engage

Do show your appreciation for the comedians by laughing at their jokes and applauding after their sets. Your laughter is music to their ears and energy is such an important part of a comedy show it’s important for you to play your part!

Turn Off Your Phone: Silence is Golden

Silence your phone before the show starts. You don’t want your phone ringing or buzzing and distracting both the performers and your fellow audience members. Best case scenario, this is just annoying and takes everyone out of the moment, worst case scenario is that you get ripped apart by the comedians for it!

Mindful Behaviour: Be Mindful of the Spotlight and Handling Sensitive Topics

Be mindful of the spotlight; you’re not the comedian. While some audience participation is encouraged, don’t try to steal the show. Hogging the attention is a surefire way to get yourself roasted by someone much quicker, wittier and brutal than you! It’s their job.

When comedians touch on sensitive topics, use your judgement when reacting. A hearty laugh or a nod of understanding is often the best response. If you’re offended by something then let it be known after the show.

Tips for a Memorable Experience: Research, Know the Venue, and Support Local Comedy

Research the comedians performing that night. Knowing their style and material can help you choose shows that align with your sense of humour.

Familiarise yourself with the venue’s policies regarding food, drink, and photography. Each comedy club may have slightly different rules, so it’s key to be aware of them and avoid any potential issues

Support local comedy!  Spread the word on social media if you enjoyed the show. Comedians greatly appreciate it, and post pandemic it’s important for live comedy to be supported as much as possible.

The Don’ts Of Comedy Clubs

Don’t Heckle

Heckling is a big no-no. While some audience interaction is encouraged in comedy clubs, heckling disrupts the flow and can throw off comedians. Know the difference between participating and disrupting the show, if a comedian wants you to be involved they’ll invite it in some way!

Don’t Be Easily Offended

Comedy can push boundaries and explore sensitive topics. If a joke offends you, remember that it’s all part of the act. Don’t take it personally or confront the comedian. If you do feel like you HAVE to say something, save it for the end of the show. That way the rest of the audience won’t feel uncomfortable and the comedian can finish their routine

Avoid Excessive Drinking

Excessive drinking can lead to unruly behaviour and disrupt the show for not just the comic but the audience too. Enjoy your drinks, but do so responsibly, often the most drunk person in the room thinks they’re the life of the party but is ruining it for everyone else.

Don’t Interrupt the Comedians

Let them finish their set. You might think you’re adding to the show but unless you’ve been invited to engage you’re probably not. And besides, in a battle of wits, comedians are the last people you want to go against!

The do’s and don’ts of being an avid audience member at a comedy club are not just about following rules with no reason but about creating an atmosphere where laughter can flourish. Your behaviour can make a significant impact on the overall experience for yourself, fellow audience members and the comedians on stage.

By following these do’s and avoiding the don’ts, you’ll ensure a smooth and enjoyable show for everyone. Remember, when you’re in the audience, you’re not just a spectator – you’re a crucial part of the comedy experience. Make it a positive one!

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