Genius sitcom writer Ken Levine worked on several excellent shows that taped in front of a live studio audience. In this blog post, he makes a compelling argument to as to why you may want to make sure you perform on Tuesdays or Saturdays.
Friday night audiences are tired. It’s been a long week, they’ve just come from work and at a certain point they’re just pooped. Saturday crowds had a day to relax.
Since then we’ve always shot our shows on Tuesday nights. It’s the middle of the week, it gives people something to look forward to, and most importantly, they have more energy.
I think one of the worst things performers do is to blame the audience for a “bad” show, but let’s face it, a good crowd can fuel you in ways a quiet one won’t. Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to do good work and find humor, no matter what night of the week you perform.
Tangent: I once heard an interview with Steve Martin where he said audiences laugh more when it’s cold and dark in the theater. So if you have a terrible show on a Tuesday or Saturday when it’s cold and dark in your theater, it’s really your fault.
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