Being a comedian is not only about coming up with solid punch lines, being funny throughout your performance, and making eye contact, but it is also about growing a fanbase from scratch. It becomes the biggest challenge for most comedians, especially those who have less stage time or those performing on the open mic for a small crowd.
For even the best comedians out there, it was challenging for them to introduce their comic style and scripts to new people. Luckily, you don’t have to go through that arduous journey opted by comedians of the previous era since now; you have the digital elixir with you.
Building a solid digital presence is helping comedians in introducing their comedy to new people, which is how they are making a solid base of fans. People don’t only search for cat videos, cooking videos, and racing videos online. Still, they are eager to watch stand-up comedy videos as well, and this is where you can capitalize.
So, let’s talk through how and where to find new fans for your comedy videos.
Relevant websites and blogs
The backbone of the entire digital platform is websites and blogs. All the blogs and websites on the digital platform are customized to fulfill the need of a niche, and this is the best place where you can find a solid fanbase for your comedy. The best part about this approach is it is relatively easy to reach out to these people.
Analyze the theme of your comedy and then come up with a niche that might be interested in your specific style of comedy. After that, you have to find websites and blogs that suit your style or genre. Now, start commenting on the blog post, participate in community discussion and get in touch with bloggers to become noticeable and make people aware of your presence on those platforms.
Utilize YouTube comments section
Building a YouTube channel and then promoting that channel is the best way to make a strong fanbase, but we are not referencing that approach in this post. Instead, we are talking about using the Youtube comments section to grow your popularity.
Start finding comedy channels similar to your comedy theme, and then go through the comment section of those videos. You must interact with other people in the comment section, post funny comments for specific parts of the video and join the conversation in the most creative way possible.
Every time you post a comment on a YouTube channel, your username comes up as a link back to your channel. It means leaving a funny, innovative, and informative commentary on YouTube videos is a way of promoting your channel. But in the rush of utilizing the YouTube comment section, never spam other video’s comment sections. In this case, you might get banned from commenting on a specific channel or video.
Get featured on Television.
Another step you can take to build a strong fanbase for your comedy videos is to get featured on Television. There are now many channels promoting local artists and comedians, and they don’t charge even a single penny for broadcasting your comedy videos on their channel.
Just follow the channel’s guidelines, look for the shows and competition slots organized by the channel and watch your stand-up comedy on Television. It might be a new concept, but it is spreading like wildfire because of its advantages.
Make the most of Facebook ads.
Running an ad on Facebook is a cakewalk as it doesn’t require much effort, and it is an economical option. But the type of ad you design can make or break your goal of building a solid fan base through your comedy.
You must use the different ad options provided by Facebook, like categorizing the audience based on demographics, age, location, and much more. Such a categorization ensures your video is shown to those individuals who are likely to click on the link.
Target similar comedian’s fanbase
There is nothing wrong with targeting the massive fanbase of an already famous comedian, as many comedians have paved the way to success by using a similar approach.
Think about the theme of your comedy, and then find comedians with almost a similar type of comedy theme. If those comedians are more established, they will have an enormous fanbase, and you have to target this giant fanbase to widen your reach.
Growing as a comedian is a fruitful thought since everybody likes to wind down by laughing at stand-up comedy acts. But the real challenge kicks in when you start working on growing your fanbase from scratch. Make sure you are using the digital platform and getting broadcasted on the TV for building a loyal fanbase from scratch and make your comedy videos ubiquitous.