Project CCDB came to fruition when a few comedians in a text feed were complaining about the lack of women/POC diversity in nationwide comedy club line-ups, even in large markets like Los Angeles, where the population contains more than enough qualified (audience-drawing) comics for booking.
After months of exchanging photos of predominantly white male lineups, these comics got sick of complaining about it and connected with an interested computer scientist to gather actual data from clubs over a three month period and see if the hearsay was true or just rumors of a resentful messaging group. So, here are the facts as they stand of what genders and ethnicitites are most represented. Though it may not change the booking practices of every club owner, maybe a few will be inspired to include and add to their profits by hiring all comedians and not just predominantly one majority. We are doing this also because we love comedy and comedy clubs. And we wonder if clubs are leaving money on the table. Maybe a booker can replace a dark night or non-drawing-though-regularly-booked male act with a sold-out crowd of underserved audiences (LGBTQIA+, minorities, women, differently-abled) ordering curly fries and a pitcher of Jagermeister. Lots of human beings love comedy (as the growing comedy festival circuit demonstrates)! And if all of this effort and data entry goes unused, ignored and therefore, useless, then the joke’s on us! And that’s actually pretty hilarious when you think about it.
The reports below are based on booking data gathered from 55 comedy clubs across the country over a three month period (September-November 2019).
Each report allows you to filter based on gender identity, ethnicity, type of booking (opener, middle, headliner) and date of booking.
Because the scope of this information was so great and the budget so small, we didn’t include the equally important representations of sexual orientation, the differently-abled and other marginalized persons. We apologize in advance. At this point, this is an overly-simplified study that doesn’t recognize all comedians’ experiences.