Thanks for your comments. I agree with you - people just might pay for premium entertainment.
My question is - what would you pay extra for? I think people would pony up for:
1) a "Caroline's Comedy Club" type of venue with really funny comedians
2) true "Broadway" shows - full length, not just greatest hits things
3) a name performer.
I agree with you that some "over-the-hill" performers would still be great to see, however this seems to be one area that a lot of people do not agree with us. I see a lot of complaints about "has-beens" who should have quit when they were ahead.