Ringling Brothers went out broke because traveling expenses cut too far into revenues.
Many years ago, Bob Weir, of Dead fame proposed building a 10,000 seat arena and having their fans travel to it, rather than the Dead touring 250 nights a year. It never happened but many acts now take residencies rather than tour.
As for demographics, who knows.
What is the "Target Demographic"? A lot of the 21 - 45 year olds don't even know who these "classic" comedians are, much less their "bits". There is a reason Vaudville and the Ringling Bros. Circus are taking dirt naps.
I see it the other way. With good selection, the timeless funny stuff would be fresh and new to the kids who weren't around the first time. A huge amount of the stuff they find funny now is directly derivative of the classics.
Were you doing a Bennett Brauer skit in written form?Quote: Ayecarumba
What is the "Target Demographic"? A lot of the 21 - 45 year olds don't even know who these "classic" comedians are, much less their "bits".
Why pay to watch classic comedy acts on stage when you can watch the originals on the internet for free.