One of the most difficult aspects of being a professional comedy juggler is having a slick promo reel. It can be hard to get good footage with high sound quality. My own video is outdated and leans heavily on one clip from a show that has really poor lighting. It’s also hard to know how much juggling to put in and how much comedy. You want to showcase that you are a “skilled” act as well as being funny.
However if you are advertising yourself as a comedy juggler you should probably have some comedy in your promo video. I won’t name names, they probably don’t read this blog anyway, but it’s good to strive for professionalism. Not having a clip of you getting laughs is probably my number one pet peeve when I watch a comedy juggling promo. Here are my top three promo video pet peeves.
- No comedy.
- Music throughout the entire video so we can’t hear the audiences reactions.
- Clips that aren’t from live performance.
I don’t want this post to be all negative so I’ll also share the best three pieces of promo video advice I ever received.
- Keep it short.
- Have an unedited clip of one of your acts.
- Include your contact information in the video.
And three questions.
- Is your promo outdated: do you look different, still perform those skills, or dress that way?
- Does the video accurately portray what you sell?
- Would someone who wasn’t into comedy juggling enjoy it?