Comedy Clubs and Gyro Subs: how to grow followers as a stand-up comedy club.

What does a stand-up comedy club and any huge multi-national company have in common? They both need Tiktok accounts…

Pictured: me giving The Riot marching orders for content.

(Pictured: me giving The Riot marching orders for content.)

With the standup comedy industry getting a bigger and bigger spotlight through Netflix, podcasts, and brand deals naturally you might be wondering to yourself, “how do comedy clubs fit into this picture?” And even if you weren’t, I’m going to tell you anyway 😁

I’ve had the pleasure of working with The Riot Comedy Club and in this small series I’m going to talk about how we doubled down on content and exploded our socials!

(The owner Brian Gendron, praying for his content angel to arrive.)

Now The Riot definitely had the infrastructure in place when I got there: multiple Sony Alpha DSLRs, capture cards, a crazy desktop to record all the footage.

(The gear it takes to shoot an in-house comedy special.)

And to their credit they were making some clips here and there. But what they needed was someone with experience curating and producing content. Someone who knew their way around Premiere and familiar with vertical content. Someone with a very foreign name. And that’s where Muhammed came in. (Just kidding he joins us in the next post)

(But actually though.)

You see comedy clubs actually have the opposite problem of most businesses: whereas your local car garage or gyro shop might struggle to have enough content, The Riot actually had an abundance!

We were recording almost hundreds of gigabytes a night of footage from our shows and just didn’t have the means to actually process it all!

(Just an example of the files for our recent shows (mainly pictures though)

Once I came in and pushed content to be a priority by putting systems and processes in place we grew our YouTube from a meager 181 subscribers to a whopping 43,000+ with multiple million view shorts! Our Instagram grew from 12.4k to 77.8K followers and Tiktok (remember, what I started the post with?) from 8k to 86.8K!

(Instagram before me sadfaceemoji.png)

(Instagram after your boy came in and did his thing)

In my next post I’ll talk about what exactly were the steps I took to get us to daily comedy clips and then how we continued reinvesting into our content. Oh also if you made it this far I’d love to know what you thought as this is my first time doing something like this and I felt like the content was worth sharing! I’m also open to work in marketing, content, and talent roles but you probably already figured as much so add me on LinkedIn!



Posted by marz in Content Creation, Publications

Interview with Shoutout HTX

Back in January I was interviewed by Shoutouthtx about my journey into content creation and online business. I will be posting a small excerpt of the article here and the rest you can read on their page.

We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcial “Marz” Pimentel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marcial “Marz”, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is something that young people (and people in general) don’t take enough of. I very firmly believe that under a certain age people should be waaay more risk tolerant. I’m talking before people have to worry about feeding kids or a mortgage (funnily enough I have one). The “worst” that can happen for people taking certain risks is so much more minimized earlier on in life and when you have certain safety nets in place (family and support)

I believe in risk taking so much that on 2 separate occasions now I’ve left high paying (75 – 85k) salaried positions to follow my interests. And both times turned into me being let go in under 6 months because of outside reasons.

And that leads me to my last point: regret. I will never say that I regret making those decisions, but I would have definitely regretted not doing it and learning.

Read the rest on their site:

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How to build a community in a less popular game.

A poster on r/contentcreation was asking how to build a following if they only play games that aren’t as popular as LoL or COD and that nobody watches.
I responded that they needed to flip their perspective and look at it as an advantage.

1000 True Fans

I first linked him the oft-mentioned “1000 true fans” to change how you describe “small”
The cliff notes for the original article is that if you cultivate a grp of 1000 (not fixed) fans willing to pay $100 for your content, you’d have $100k in a year
Now 1000 people may seem daunting, but finding people interested in your niche is the easiest it’s ever been thanks to the hyper-connected age we live in

Less = More

The next piece of advice I gave was to recognize that creating content in an underserved category works to your BENEFIT
Here’s a screenshot of the 0 view streamers for LoL before I decided the picture would be too big:
And that’s ZERO VIEWERS!
Compare that to the visibility you’d get in a category that only has <10 STREAMERS! Or none, like this game I looked up (which btw look at the # of followers)

Closing Thoughts

Now it’s still hard work to make content that people will watch, but it’s all about your perspective and JUST STARTING If you’re looking for a friendly group of creators trying to improve their content and share tips consider joining my Twitter Community!
Posted by marz in Content Creation