Stand up – the big business of comedy

Last night I went to see Mike Birbiglia at the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa. It was a very full house, not sold out, but judging from what I could see, perhaps 80% or more. Mike put on a good show. He started shortly after 8:00pm and ended at about 9:30pm. So roughly 90 minutes. Our two tickets were $45 each (plus fees came to $105.50).

Person Theater seats 1,500. Pretending for a moment that all seats cost the same and were filled, that’s $79,125 for an hour and a half show, or $879 a minute! Now obviously Mike doesn’t get all that loot, but he no doubt gets a lot of it. As the old song goes, “Nice work if you can get it.”

Kudos to you Mike.

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