It doesn't always pay to be funny. Especially if you're an unknown stand-up comic living in New York City. Fed up with decades of measly paychecks and indifferent bookers, over 300 comedians have formed a new group, the New York Comedians Coalition. Two weeks ago, the coalition sent a letter to owners of 11 clubs asking for their first significant pay raise in decades. If the demands aren't met, the comedians are going on strike.
Ted Alexandro, New York City comedian; has appeared on David Letterman and Conan O'Brian late shows; had a special on Comedy Central
Alan Corey, real estate investor; struggling comedian living in New York