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Ten Tips For A Perfect Party | Rik Roberts

January 17th, 2019

Ten Tips For A Perfect Party | Rik Roberts

Insights from 28 years of corporate entertaining

Are you considering hiring an entertainer for your next event? Excellent! This ten point checklist will help you trouble shoot the logistics and set-up before the big day. If hiring a comedian, think about how a comedy club is set-up and arranged. You will want to recreate that experience the best you can (minus the drunk hecklers).

Trust me, your entertainer wants to have a great show. I suggest going over this checklist with them to see what preferences they may have for their particular performance. And, of course, I would love to be considered for your event.

Thanks!

Rik

 

1. Sound Advice

A PA system that is powerful enough to fill the room with clear sound is necessary. Don’t rely on overhead speakers in the ceiling for sound. Generally, they provide a sound that is ‘tinny’ and are not strong enough to do the job effectively. Having a wired mic is preferable to a wireless mic. Wired mics don’t have problems with interference, and they don’t have batteries that can go dead at the wrong time. If you don’t have access to a good PA system, don’t fret. Call up your local music store and see if they can set up a rental system for you.

2. Light the Show

The proper lighting can really go a long way towards making your event successful. You want a light that is focusing on the stage. A spotlight is preferred. It allows the audience to see the performer clearly. The performance is much more effective if the audience can see facial expressions, and body movements. If you dim the surrounding lights, it focuses attention on the performer. Just as with the sound system, if you don’t have the proper lighting at your venue, a proper spotlight can be provided by your local music store as well.

3. Dinner

The show works most effectively with distractions kept to a minimum. I have found that it is best to start the show after dessert has been served and the plates cleared. If you have awards to present, consider having the entertainment before the awards. The fresher the audience, the better for the entertainer. The show is always more successful with a less-inebriated, focused audience. A long, drawn out awards ceremony before the entertainment tends to tire people out, and makes them a less enthusiastic audience.

4. Seating Setup

The closer to the audience that the performer can be, the better. Seat people right up to the stage if you can. Performers feed off the energy of the audience. Having the audience close to the stage creates an intimacy that makes the show much better. Set the stage along the room’s longest wall. Don’t put the stage at end of a long room. Again, you want all the audience members as close to the stage as comfortably possible. If a dance floor is required for dancing after the comedy show, consider breaking down tables and creating a dance floor after the show is over. NEVER separate the audience from the performer with a dance floor or buffet line.

5. Face the stage

Make it as easy as possible for the audience members to see the stage. Having audience members who have their back to the stage, who have to turn their chairs around, or strain sideways to see the stage makes it difficult for them to enjoy the show. Keep this in mind as you set up your seating arrangement.

6. Introductions

A clear and respectful introduction gives credibility to a performer. Have the President of the company or some other key influencer within the organization make the introduction. It adds credibility to the performance and demands the audience’s attention and respect. This can go a long way towards creating a good kick off for the show. Don’t have someone get up and say something like, “Hey, I’m not sure who this guy is, but he’s supposed to make us laugh. Let’s see if he is as funny as Phil.” That is not getting the show off on the right foot. A professional performer will have at typewritten introduction for you to read from.

7. Clear the Air

If the comedy show is going to follow a heavy, or sensitive subject, have a brief intermission to allow the atmosphere to lighten up. Or consider bringing up this subject matter after the show is over. Then, people will be in a better mood and will be better able to absorb difficult or bad news.

8. Mood music

Having background music before a show, or during dinner, can create a pleasant environment for the show. Sometimes, matching the music to the mood of the crowd is beneficial. If they are low energy, some up beat music might be appropriate. If the audience is a bit on the rowdy side some more calming music might make sense. Music can always set a mood, both before and after a show. You don’t want to blare it, just pump up the enthusiasm.

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9. Showtime

It is best to have the performance start as close to the scheduled time as possible. If the dinner is running long, it is best to wait until dinner is done and plates are cleared. But try to avoid delaying a show too long. You don’t want a show scheduled to start at 8 to finally start at 9:20. The audience will be tired, especially if they have spent all day in meetings, or if they simply worked all day before your event started. It is especially important to have your performer go on earlier in the evening if your event is on a Friday night. Long work week + too many drinks = marginal show.

10. Have Fun

Remember that comedy is fun. You have hired a professional who will give your audience a wonderful experience. Sit back, and enjoy the show yourself. Life is too short to ignore moments to laugh.

Visit TBN Studios for a Live TV Taping of Huckabee

January 16th, 2019

Please join me as I warm up the audiences on set at Huckabee! Ticket info can be found at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/huckabee-17575240483

2019 First Quarter Dates

January 16th, 2019

RIK ROBERTS SCHEDULE

 

The dates in blue are open to the public. Links below will lead you to ticket information. Hope to see you at a show!

Laugh All Night Show Info: https://www.laughallnight.com/tour/

TBN Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/huckabee-17575240483

DryBar Website https://www.drybarcomedy.com

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October 20th, 2018

Evening of Joy – New Albany, IN November 9, 2018

October 20th, 2018

Evening of Joy

 

Join me in beautiful New Albany, IN for this night of fun and fund raising!

November 9, 2018
Reception 6PM, Dinner 6:30, Entertainment 7:30, Closing by 8:30 PM
The Grand, New Albany, IN 47150
Call 812.948.9248 for more information.
Sponsorship and Ticket information is available below.

November 2: Denver, CO Fund Raising Event

October 15th, 2018

Foster LOVE

Join me on November 2nd at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as we raise money for Project 127.

Project 1.27 offers more than a decade of experience and learning to inspire, recruit and resource churches and families to successfully fulfill James 1:27  by caring for children in foster care, their parents, and the families who  foster and adopt. Using Project 1.27’s unique faith-centered approach that includes trauma-informed, relationship-based parenting strategies and guides families in developing  a strong support network, hundreds of Christian families are changing the outcomes for kids in foster care.

For more on tickets please visit:

https://www.project127.com/foster-love.html

Laughability Fund Raiser Siloam Springs, AR

October 2nd, 2018

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About the Event

Laughability is Ability Tree Arkansas’ annual event to help sustain outreach and programming for families impacted by disability. The night conists of silent auction, dinner, and clean comedic entertainment. This year’s event is at The Brick Ballroom in downtown Siloam Springs on Saturday, November 3rd from 6:00-9:00PM.Hope to see you there! Any questions, email info@abilitytree.org

Bin There, Dump That!

September 27th, 2018

Had a blast recording a batch of commercials for the best residential dumpster company in North America – Bin There Dump That .

If you have a need for a bin during a remodeling project or major renovation – give them a chance!

If you would like me to help promote your project or product, give me a call. 1-888-895-8549.

Upcoming Fall Schedule

July 6th, 2018
10/4/18 Memphis, TN Corporate Event N/A
10/5/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
10/9/18 Bowling Green, KY Corporate Event N/A
10/12/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
10/13/18 Mesa, AZ Corporate Event N/A
10/15/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
10/18/18 Appleton, WI Corporate Event N/A
10/23/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
10/29/18 Roanoke, WV Corporate Event N/A
11/1/18 Lexington, KY Fund Raising Event N/A
11/2/18 * Denver, CO * Fund Raiser http://bit.ly/127Tickets
11/3/18 *Siloam Springs, AR* Fund Raiser http://bit.ly/AbilityTreeTix
11/6/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
11/8/18 Austin, TX Corporate Event N/A
11/9/18 *New Albany, IN* Fund Raiser TIX: 812.948.9248
11/10/18 Indianapolis, IN Private Event N/A
11/12/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
11/13/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
11/14/18 Cincinnati, OH Corporate Event N/A
11/29/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
11/30/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
12/1/18 Nashville, TN Corporate Event N/A
12/3/18 Kingsport, TN Corporate Event N/A
12/8/18 Nashville, TN Corporate Event N/A
12/18/18 *Hendersonville, TN* TV Taping http://bit.ly/TIXHUCKABEE
12/22/18 Artesia, NM Corporate Event N/A