I've watched a smattering of Netflix productions of stand-up comedians from the last five years and I'm confused: Why are they using corded microphones on stage?

I'm almost certain it's not for technical reasons, since other stage performers have been using cordless microphones – including unobtrusive lavalier and headset mics – and for decades.

I can imagine that for stand-up comedians the microphone may feel like or actually serve as a prop. But is the cord a prop? (The fact that I find it so conspicuous makes me think it is actually getting in their way as they pace the stage, dragging it and trying not to step on it or tangle it.)

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    If you're in a band and the signal cuts out, the rest of the band covers that up. If you're the only one onstage and the signal cuts out, you could lose the punchline. You might also note that a lot of "musicians" musicians use corded equipment for the same reason; it matters. Jan 22 '20 at 2:51
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    Dave Chapelle during "Killing them Softly" used cordless mic. I would say it's either venue setting or comedian aesthethic choice (you know who use headset mics? people who sell you bullshit and need hands free to cast a spell). Jan 22 '20 at 9:03
  • @SZCZERZOKŁY what does that tell about Ricky Gervais? He uses a headset mic for his Humanity Netflix special (and I think he uses it in others too)
    – Luciano
    Jan 22 '20 at 9:31
  • I suppose it's a combination of what's in the comments: some are preference, some must be venue limitations.
    – Luciano
    Jan 22 '20 at 9:36
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    @Luciano did he does that thing with his hands when he's pretending he's masturbating? If yes then, tadam, casting a spell. Jan 22 '20 at 9:42

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