Comedians are finding lucrative side hustles — no joke — as babysitters

By Arianne Cohen

08 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Babysitters are in high demand post pandemic. Enter the... comedian? Bloomberg explains that the skills of cracking a good joke onstage and taking care of kids are in fact highly transferrable.

Child care is hard to come by, and so are well-paying comedy gigs. Enter the comedian babysitter.

Parents are struggling to find sitters amid a shortage of workers since the start of the pandemic, and those that are available have jacked up their prices. On child-care website UrbanSitter, the sitters are charging 11% more than in 2021, averaging $20.57 an hour for one child, and $23.25 for two children. The two-child hourly rate is more like $24 to $27 in New York and San Francisco, according to Chief Executive Officer Lynn Perkins. The worker shortage is particularly acute for part-time gigs, she said.

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