Producing a Show at Q.E.D.

Updated and current as of March 2021

Thanks to COVID we're not accepting pitches for new shows. The current schedule is limited to our producers who contributed to our 100+ monthly events in the Before Times.

Once we are allowed to have full capacity and our schedule is worked out (mid-summer?), we'll put out a call for submissions. Below are the door splits, tech info and all the info on producing at QED. 

If you have an idea for a show we'd love to hear from you!

We don't book individual performers for each show except for QED Presents showcases which feature pro comics. Instead, we book the producers who put the shows together. If you'd like to produce a show, email with your pitch.

Shows are usually 1 to 1.5 hours long. Producers are required to be on site 30 minutes prior to their scheduled event. We've had storytelling shows, improv, stand-up, sketch, original musicals, solo shows, readings, small and large theatrical productions, Q&A panels, live podcasts, game shows and more.

All kinds! We're honestly open to (pretty much) anything. The more fleshed out your idea is, the better. If we love your pitch, we might want to book it right away, schedule permitting. The more prepared you are, the quicker we can get your show up and running.

In order to be considered, please include the following:

  • Short paragraph describing your show.
  • Web link(s) to your work / personal website, etc.
  • Indicate if this is a one-off show or if you'd like it to be recurring. Keep in mind that our recurring shows are usually monthly but some are bi-monthly or quarterly.
  • How long is the show? 
  • Day and/or time preferences. Though it helps to be flexible as it depends on our schedule.
  • Any tech needs.

We offer a ticket split. You set the price at whatever you think your market will bear. Most shows at Q.E.D. are priced between $5 - $10 +/-. We can sell up to 50 tickets for the showroom and still keep the curtain closed. More with the curtain open. Max capacity is 74, including staff and performers.

For shows on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and Saturday and Sunday matinees, the first 10 tickets go to Q.E.D. while the remainder of the ticket sales are split 50/50 between the house and the producers. Producers guarantee the first $50. 

For shows occurring Wednesday & Thursday, the first $75 in ticket sales goes to Q.E.D. while the remainder of the ticket sales are split 50/50 between the house and the producers. Producers guarantee the first $75.

For shows Friday & Saturday, the first $100 in ticket sales goes to Q.E.D. while the remainder of the ticket sales are split 50/50 between the house and the producers. Producers guarantee the first $100. 

General rule is 1st $100 in ticket sales to QED then 100% of sales to the charity. You can raise extra money via raffle tickets or auctions, too! We are limited to about 2 charitable events a month, give or take.

Of course there are sometimes exceptions like for charitable or free events, but this is the baseline especially for new shows/producers.

Producers are allotted five (5) complimentary tickets for their friends and family. If any members of the press want to come to your show they do not count against your comp tickets. Names for the comp list are due by 5PM on the day of the event. 

***Producers who need to cancel less than four weeks before their confirmed show date will be required to pay their guarantee in full. 14 days or less will result in a $200 fee; 7 days or less, $375. ***

* We offer one complimentary drink per show for the host to use at their discretion. No outside food or beverage is allowed at Q.E.D. Please remind your performers and audience of this. Q.E.D. can remain open and affordable only by the purchases made. Q.E.D. offers beer, wine, ciders & low proof rum, vodka and tequila. For n/a drinks we have coffee, tea, kombucha, fancy sodas & more. We also offer a variety of fresh pastries and snacks and hot foods from Zorba's. If you have a food and/or drink element as part of your show, you must get pre-approval. 

* QED is active with promotions on social media, has a very strong newsletter and mailing list. That said, this is a mutual endeavor and we expect producers to assist in creating their promotional materials and promoting to the general public. We have a list of tips and tricks if you need guidance!

* To review tech in person, you must schedule an appointment. Drop-ins will not be accommodated.

* Our maximum legal capacity is 74. This includes Q.E.D. staff, comps and performers, so keep that in mind when booking your show and deciding on a ticket price. The showroom seats about 40 - 50 comfortably. Sales beyond that we can keep room dividing curtain open and allow for seating in the bar area or standing room.

* QED encourages performers to perform wherever and whenever they can. Stage time is stage time! We do, however, ask QED producers not to produce or regularly host other shows in Astoria (anywhere else is a-okay!) within 6 weeks before or after their QED show. 

* Fliers should be sent at least three weeks in advance and set at 1920 x 1080 pixels, as that's what looks best on our TV slideshow, Eventbrite and Facebook. Fliers should be in landscape format.

Do not post fliers for your event anywhere on public property! It is illegal. The Department of Sanitation can fine you up to $200 per poster, which will be your responsibility to pay.

* If you require anything beyond our four onstage microphones or simple house music before the show, please have someone in your crew review tech to handle blackouts, music cues, videos, etc. We do not have a dedicated tech for shows, only a door person who can direct you to the tech booth. Please let your performers know this before they arrive for your show.

* To review tech in person, you must schedule an appointment. Drop-ins will not be accommodated.

* QED has four microphones, two regular stands and two boom mike stands.

* Four XLR connections on stage can be used for microphones, a DI box, etc.

* QED has one DI box with two 1/4" inputs to connect to instruments.

* There is one "God" mic in the tech booth.

* The LED light board and control for one spotlight for lighting cues & blackouts are located in the tech booth.

* To record audio or connect to our sound board, we have an input usable with a quarter inch connector. You must bring your own recording device.

* Music can be played through your mobile device via a simple auxiliary (headphone jack) connection in the tech booth. If you have a newer iPhone, please make sure you bring the headphone dongle!

* Videos, slideshows, PowerPoints, etc., are streamed to our TV through Apple TV with an Apple device (iPhones & iPads or Mac with AirPlay connectivity) or via a direct connect to our projector which projects to a 9' manual projection screen on stage.

* Q.E.D. has a house DVD player, keyboard, laptop and iPad available for use upon advance request.

* Q.E.D. has dozens of stools and tables, two music stands, one guitar stand, one regular & two boom mic stands and a keyboard stand.

* There is a small, mostly private backstage area with a full-length mirror, multiple outlets and coat hooks.

* There is a full basement with a couch, table and private dressing area. This must be reserved 7 days in advance to avoid a conflict with our podcast studio which is also located in the basement.