Well it's safe to say that people want to see the comedy club come back next year. With that said i think we should at least talk about how we can improve the club for next year along with addressing certain questions that will arise in the process. Keep in mind some of the suggestions I will note in this post will be of factors beyond the organizer's control but I will say them for the sole reason of acknowledgment.
Things to Improve On
- Having a bigger room
- Longer running time
- More obvious time cues
- Management of audience interaction
- Working microphones/sound system that lacks feedback
- Having someone take pictures of the event and record the acts
- This year performers came from an open call. Will the 08 performers get priority over people who want to perform in 09?
- If we only have an hour for the panel will we cut down performance time for more comics, vice versa or keep the formula the same?
- Is having comedy teams/duos possible?
- Is it possible for you to share the audience feedback survey with us?
I'm really hoping that someone got my set too. I heard from a friend because I ditched the microphone that makes it really hard for camera's to pick up my routine.
This is the first panel I ever organized, so a lot of stuff was decided on the fly, which made some of it kind of awkward, so I'm sorry if it was hard on you guys. ^_^;;;
I'm going to be contacting Fanime staffers with some of the suggestions and hope they can help the next time I run this. I really don't know how they do the room assignments, but needless to say we got one of the smallest (if not the smallest) function rooms in the entire convention. When I filled out the form there was no real place to select what size the funtion space needed to be. This time I will ask in the "other" box for a larger function room. I honestly did not think any of the function rooms would be this small. When I saw we were assigned to "San Carlos Room" instead of "San Carlos II" I assumed they meant both the "I" and "II" halves of the room put together. Seriously I think we only got half the room ^_^;;;
The mic feedback thing will hopefully be resolved when we get the bigger room and do not have to stand right next to the speakers. They're placed perfectly fine if we could stand on stage, but the tables were in the way so we had to be in a line with the speakers.
Originally I wanted to move to the back of the room so I could give more obvious time cues like a big "X" with my arms, but there was no way for me to do that without walking right in front of the comic since you could not walk along the sides of the room. Next time I'll make little colored signs instead next time so you can tell even from a sideways glance that your time is up.
Running time. If we were going for a longer running time I would have to add another hour to the run time (to fill 1:45 of content). I never dreamed we'd run out of time after two people dropped out three weeks before con due to the confirmed time. Adding an entire hour is a big commitment since I'd have to find at least four other comics to do a set and commit to it.
I would love to have all of this year's performers come back, assuming you guys commit before I start the open call. I'll send you guys an e-mail first before I post here. If we get more comics after that I'll simply ask everyone to cut down on their set, but everyone will have at least 5/6 minutes, so no worries. If I get an overwhelming number of applicants I will ask for the 2 hours. We'll hash out time/comics when I see how many people sign up.
If you guys want recording or photos of your set I would suggest you bring your own friends with camcorders. It's not equipment I can request and I only have my chibi little Casio camera and I'm not even sure if my friends can commit to come to the convention to help me use that (I'm a loney loney fangirl *teardrop*)
I have no problems with Duo teams, or even trios. Any more would be a problem due to the lack of mics. But if they're just there to mime, go for it.
I'll see if I can ninja the audience feedbacks from staff. I won't post them here, but I'll e-mail the performers individually.
I hope someone got your set, too. I spent so much time staring at my watch that I missed a lot of good ones ;_;