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Comedy is a lot like professional sports. Past successes are history. You get paid for today’s hits. One difference is that in baseball, a .300 hitter gets paid a million dollars and the fans are deliriously happy all season.
But a .300 batting average in comedy would get professional performers to go from boos to booze in a week.
With that kind of failure rate, you’d think any person who had reached the age of reason would take up plumbing. But the facts are that writing and performing humor is rising in popularity. And if you’re successful, the money in comedy is so abundant that professional practitioners are like well-endowed actors in a porn movie—”You mean I get paid for doing that.”
The biggest change in the humor industry in the last ten years has been the need for professional writers. There are just not enough qualified writers today to fill the increasing need. Besides the standard venues, more and more markets are begging for humor material: speeches, business newsletters, advertising, columns, talk shows, sales presentations, and everything from high-tech computer attachments to Hi, Mom greeting cards ……