A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 13, 2005
“Bringer” show
New York City comedy clubs have developed "bringer" shows. A comedian must "bring" two or more paying guests. The more paying guest, the longer time on stage.

This often results in a lot of bad comedy. Hearing bad jokes about someone's parents with those parents in the audience creates awkward situations. Professional comedians hate "bringer" shows.

(Google)
Making It On Stage — Finding A Place to Perform
A bringer show means that, in order to perform, a comedian must bring a certain
... The advantage to a bringer show is the opportunity to perform in an ...
http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/stand_up_comedian/114615 - 33k - Cached - Similar pages

(Google)
Bring Your Act and the Audience -- Regarding Bringer Shows
... A Bringer Show is where the amount of stage time a comic gets is equal to how many audience members they bring. The "Bringer Show ...
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(Google Groups)
New Bringer Show - NYC
... for booking information. This is a standard "Bringer" show (comics must bring THREE paying audience members). Superior comics may ...
alt.comedy.standup - Nov 25 2001, 11:08 pm by Danny Long - 6 messages - 6 authors

(Google Groups)
Performing for your Parents (was: Look at me...)
... she never finds out. My father found out because I brought my brother and his friends to a bringer show. When I finally brought ...
alt.comedy.standup - Jul 30 1999, 2:57 pm by Kyria - 24 messages - 20 authors

(Google Groups)
NYC - "Bring two paying guests"
... Without taking this personally, I have seen the reason that a lot of clubs do not promote their "bringer shows." Its because the club cannot always guarantee ...
alt.comedy.standup - Jul 26 1999, 9:08 pm by Matthew Dean - 16 messages - 14 authors
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(Google Groups)
Become a headliner ??? Just get bodies in the club ??
But sometimes that's the only choice you've got in order to be seen. My suggestion is you start doing these "bringer" shows until they get familiar with you. ...
alt.comedy.standup - Jan 4 1998, 8:03 am by Baldguy96 - 16 messages - 12 authors

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