So there seems to be too much going on with this improv vs. stand-up shenanigans - BUT I’ll throw in my 2 cents anyway so I get more page views and people say “who is Ted Mc-whats-his-face again?”
I’m not really choosing sides. It seems to me a matter of personal choice, not something akin to the 99% vs the 1% at the top.
I’m generally pro-UCB but don’t think it would be a big deal if they paid talent for some featured shows. However, if they stuck to their model, I don’t think there would be much fallout besides some talent focusing on other clubs. I think the UCB community is strong enough that it can still be sustainable as is. I mean, they’ve been having some more solo material and stand-up shows at the Chelsea theater before UCB East (I refuse to call it “the Beast”) opened up and no one cried foul of their practices then, or at least it didn’t become a serious issue. Maybe it’s the internet’s fault.
I don’t think anything too drastic is gonna change. Everyone’s gonna learn something from each other. Like alt-comedy theaters and stand-up clubs aren’t easy to manage the same way, although some are able to do so. Maybe some dudes (and chicks) will make a few more bucks. Maybe more people will avoid it for paying gigs because to some those few bucks mean a lot, while others will feel they agree that they can do without the few bucks and focus on the other aspects of the theater.
And lastly, everyone’s going to do a big internet group hug.