The growth of comedy has been quite apparent in recent years. Hiring comedians is no longer a rare commodity. They have also started gaining media exposure, not just for their shows but have also helped the clubs that promote this sort of alternative comedy receive fame and recognition. There was a time when comedy was something you could only expect to see in bars. But in today’s world, comedians are being booked by national hotel chains and corporate enterprises.
Comedy has always been quite flexible and promotions in recent times have only made it easier for this brand of entertainment to grow rapidly. Even though costs for comedians haven’t really gone up over the years, the amount of money they can make substantially has. With the rise in profitability for comedy clubs, more and more of them have opened up all around the world. This has led to a number of people taking up this profession. It is no longer just a select few who become comedians, there are countless people who have long and prosperous careers in this profession.
The internet has only made this easier. It has given them a place to showcase their skills for free and it has also made it possible for comedians to be discovered more easily. This is excellent for the entire industry.
As far as the word ‘alternative’ is concerned, this is something which is barely used when talking about comedy today. The material might be blue, self-deprecating, casting an eye on multicultural nations, etc. but all of it certainly is enjoyed by a paying audience week in and week out.
There seems to be absolutely nothing that will stop comedy from rising to unimaginable heights and with the help of the internet, this is only going to happen sooner rather than later.