Comedy Bar - Internship

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The Comedy Bar - Chicago
157 W Ontario
Chicago, IL
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 8 Part-time, Unpaid

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The Comedy Bar is composed of a downtown comedy club showcasing the city’s best stand up comedians, a network of hilarious podcasts, and a talent management company working with comedians locally and internationally. We are committed to providing the funniest comedians at the best venue for the lowest prices in Chicago. We aim to establish a new standard for nightlife entertainment.

We hold the same standard for our internship program. Having only been around for the past 2 years, and as the city’s coolest comedy brand, we are a young, innovative company, growing at an extremely rapid rate. Our goal is to set the standard for comedy in a reforming economy by offering no drink minimums and a chance to witness all of the amazing talent this city has to offer at a reasonable price.

The Comedy Bar’s internship program is a 10-week program designed to introduce students to the business side of entertainment, as well as give them a taste of the creative and technical skills required to maintain a small business in entertainment. If interns finish the 10-week program and choose to continue with us, an extension may be requested, and they may continue their time with us through an apprenticeship, which may result in a paid position down the line.


Each intern will spend one night per weekend (Thursday-Saturday) at the comedy club, learning club operations. They will also rotate through the remaining creative and technical departments, as well as the street team during the ten-week internship in the order listed below.

Club operations consist of developing customer service skills through learning basic operations at The Comedy Bar. These tasks include set-up and breakdown before and after shows, maintaining crowd control during performances, on-site marketing, and overall production and maintenance of a show/venue from start to finish.

Our network consists of not only the comedy club, but various podcasts and a management company, as well. The Comedy Bar’s creative team is all about building our brand throughout the city and on the web. Interns will learn how to promote using social media, as well as explore new and innovative ways to increase our web presence through sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, Constant Contact, etc. Maintenance of public pages and listings, the writing of press releases, and marketing meetings once a week will be an essential obligation of the creative department.

The Comedy Bar’s street team is one of the most vital departments of this company. Once a week, interns will plan, route, and visit a group of businesses and hotels to deliver promotional materials. Promotional packages include stickers, flyers, complimentary tickets, and information on any other upcoming special events. Sending out newsletters and press releases are good, but it is the face-to-face meetings and extra effort, which set us apart from any other business.

As previously mentioned, The Comedy Bar is more than just a comedy club. We also have a full recording studio where several podcasts record and broadcast live almost all week long! In the tech department, interns will learn basic operations of producing a radio show (LIVE and pre-recorded). They will also learn all technical operations at the comedy club, including how to run the sound and light boards. In addition to this, an introduction to how to build and edit websites using WordPress and Joomla! templates will be taught, along with some video editing and production, as well.


*Must be 21 or over*
People Person
Customer Service

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