“Back in the early days, you had fewer opportunities to get on stage and do the work to get better,” she says. “It made it more of a challenge to rise to the top, and some people had to wash out.
“Now you’ll see a situation where someone would rather try and start their own show than do the homework to get better. Next thing you know, they’re trying to do way too much before they’re ready, and it ends up hurting everyone because a lot of times good comedians and bad comedians end up getting grouped together.”
While the potential overabundance of stage time available is one concern, Brody points out there is just as much danger in a comedian allowing him or herself to become too comfortable.
“Some comedians will only do certain open mics or showcases,” he explains. “The trap is getting too deep in your own comfort zone, and not allowing yourself to become well-rounded. Doing comedy is like working out: if you only work a few muscle groups, other parts of you are going to be weak. Having more places to perform comedy gives you the chance as a comedian to work those other muscle groups. So in that case, I say the more the better.”