This is a GREAT fucking question. At long last you can have the riddle of the Sphynx, solved and posted online for everyone to see and refer to.
The answer to this is more simple than you’d think. Though we love our bringer shows and think its great that people get to see their friends perform, The Comedy Store prefers to work the traditional method of finding talent through the Open Mics we hold on Sundays and Mondays.
The major difference between performing at an Open Mic versus a bringer show is the sheer harsh brutality of an audience who has its own agenda, and that agenda is NOT watching you succeed.
That same reason is why The Comedy Store is one of the most difficult rooms in the world and why even top name talent can bomb severely in the Original Room.
It’s one thing performing at a venue full of fans, students, sycophants and friends, its a whole other beast to perform in front of industry, peers, tourists from Australia, Enrique from Covina, and an Armenian bachelorette party.
To be able to separate the best from the best, you need to be able to bring heat to the open mic and carry that heat consistently as our talent coordinator advances you into a friends and family spot, the belly room, and finally a showcase for a paid regular spot.
While the legendary Mitzi Shore was originally the sole decider on who achieved Paid Regular status (She famously passed on Jerry Seinfeld), our system is a lot more democratized than before.
Tommy Morris our awesomely eccentric talent coordinator keeps tabs on your progress and will showcase you to management and the Shore family when the time comes. He takes the input from everyone, including your peers and then makes the decision for that exalted spot of Comedy Store Paid regular. Then in July we add your name to the wall alongside George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Dave Chapelle, Marc Maron and the countless other legends who have graced out stage. Its a long process, but we keep it tight to insure our long tradition of producing legends.
Hope that helps, and we’ll see you on Sunday and Monday!