First, let’s be clear: Your art is your art. We know you put a lot of time and energy into writing, rehearsing, and going to open mics to be your funniest you. CAT can be a beacon to help people to discover a show you are in. We work on that in three ways:
CAT is always looking for new audiences for Tucson comedy. To that end, we constantly network with businesses and organizations that have commercial relationships with large numbers of people. CAT is happy to help them organize a comedy show or series that meets their specific business objectives. If the organization does not have a producer in mind, Chad Lehrman of tucsoncomedy.com produces those shows. Chad is a founding advisor to CAT and has years of experience producing comedy shows professionally. He regularly attends Tucson shows and open mics to stay current with our local talent. To be sure Chad knows about you, for CAT related events and for his own booking business, please complete this form.
Several local producers pay comics a small amount based on what they earn from a show. Your first step is to tell them you want to be on their show! The producer’s earnings come from admission fees and a percentage over expected bar sales. Your pay directly depends on how many of your friends and fans come out. We can help! Tag CATcomedy520 in your own posts promoting the show you’re in. Once we have the event on the calendar, the most productive promotion is the repetition and reinforcement of the whole lineup posting about it individually!
From its formation, CAT has worked with Tucson Local First and Startup Tucson/TENWEST to incorporate comedy into their programs. With Tucson Young Professionals and Creative Mornings Tucson, these organizations’ members represent our best opportunity for expanding our Tucson comedy audience. When our relationships with these organizations lead to opportunities for shows, Alex Kack will book and promote them in coordination with Chad Lehrman.
CAT is committed to patronizing Tucson’s small-businesses community. We retain experienced professionals in graphic design and website management. We also have valued vendors for goods and services including printing and sign- making. We pay for local advertising either in kind or at negotiated, preferred rates. We make sure comedians are paid for shows we help arrange, and we pay for freelance work related to the website and social media.
CAT is privately funded by people committed to helping Tucson small businesses thrive. For 2019 we offer up to four founding sponsorships at $2500 each. More information is on the Sponsorship page under All About You in the top navigator.