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This is a podcast where I interview influential bookers, agents and promoters from the world of comedy about their job and how they do it.

This is a podcast where I interview influential bookers, agents and promoters from the world of comedy about their job and how they do it.
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London, United Kingdom

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This is a podcast where I interview influential bookers, agents and promoters from the world of comedy about their job and how they do it.

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English


Episodes

hiatus update

5/12/2018
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This will be deleted when the show comes back but it's a quick one to let you know what's been going on behind the scenes. Please keep supporting this show with iTunes reviews and Patreon donations (there's more exclusive content up there now and more going live in a week). Other things mentioned - FB group for the ATI podiTunesStreamYouTubeiTunesYouTube Thanks for your on going support and help, godspeed. See you soon...

Duration:00:09:28

Comedy 101. With Ben Verth and Simon Caine - What have I learned in the first 100 episodes.

4/6/2018
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Ben Verth (@benverth) is the founder of Monkey Barrel comedy club. A purpose-built venue in the heart of Edinburgh, but above, he's a good friend of mine. In an interesting twist the normal format I invited him on to interview me. That's right, for one episode only we're going to have a little look back over the first 100 episodes in what I am going to call Comedy 101. I got him to talk to me about (he wrote the questions, so this is just some highlights)... -What I’ve learned in the...

Duration:01:44:27

We joined the Acast network! What does this mean...?

3/24/2018
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Here's a little update as we go into "series 2"... Our Acast link - https://www.acast.com/asktheindustry Fancy donating? http://patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast Or a review would be lovely - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

Duration:00:08:36

EP100 – Jon Mountague – Comedy Commissioning Editor at Sky.

3/16/2018
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Jon Montague (@montiQu) is the head comedy commissioner at Sky TV. He heads up a team of diligent commissioning editors who are tasked with finding and making funny shows to entertain their 11 million subscribers. More recently Jon has also dipped his toe into podcasting and we got into what it's like making high end, high budget TV programs by day and low budget, low tech podcasts by night and how that's given him a new outlook on the internet, content and more. I got him on to talk...

Duration:01:17:52

EP99 - John Gordillo - Do comedians need a director?

3/2/2018
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John Gordillo (@johngordillo) is an award-winning script editor/director who has worked with Eddie Izzard, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Shappi Khorsandi, Dara Ó Briain, Paul Chowdhry, Michael Mcintyre, Mark Steel and Reginald D Hunter. I got him on to talk about... -What is a director and what do they do for comedy shows? -How does the venue size (arena / theatre) impact his directing? -His excitement and drive to tell stories in any medium and in any format. -His take on the...

Duration:01:16:05

EP99 - John Gordillo - Do comedians need a director?

3/2/2018
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John Gordillo (@johngordillo) is an award-winning script editor/director who has worked with Eddie Izzard, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Shappi Khorsandi, Dara Ó Briain, Paul Chowdhry, Michael Mcintyre, Mark Steel and Reginald D Hunter. I got him on to talk about… -What is a director and what do they do for comedy shows? -How does the venue size (arena / theatre) impact his directing? -His excitement and drive to tell stories in any medium and in any format. -His take on the...

Duration:01:15:59

EP98 - The Care Home Tour. - Pope Lonergan and Ben Targét

2/16/2018
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Pope Lonergan (@thedailybumbler) and Ben Targét (@BenTarget) are the founders of the Care Home Tour. An initiative where they take physical and clowning performers and do professional comedy shows in Care Homes all over the country for disabled patients who can’t come to clubs. I got them on to talk about… Why they’re doing gigs to dementia patients. Why charity work for performers is rewarding and worth doing. What kind of performers they’re looking for. How you’d scout for talent...

Duration:01:13:28

ATI Leg up day - This Saturday reminder!

2/13/2018
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Please come. Get your tickets here - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/ask-industry-podcast-edinburgh-fringe-leg-day/

Duration:00:04:40

EP97 - Peter Fellows - How to build a mainstream and indie writing career at the same time.

2/2/2018
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Peter is a film writing, actor, producer, director and basically anything that is involved in movie and film making from the script to the post-prodcution to the organising of screenings. We talked about how he got started making films as a child and how the change in technology has enabled him to continue creating his own projects but also work on mainstream TV and films. I got her on to talk about… How he went from making stop-motion with his dads tape camcorder to making content for...

Duration:01:07:47

EP95 - Maureen Younger - What is it like running an all-female comedy club?

1/5/2018
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Maureen Younger (@maureenyounger) is aveteran comedian and promoter who runs MY Comedy. A series of all female comedy nights which run for profit and charity. I got her on to talk about… -What was the circuit line 12 years ago for misogyny. -Are all female line ups still needed? -Does a female act from TV sell more tickets than a man? -Her thoughts on quotas -What still needs to change AND MORE Stream - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/MaureennYounger iTunes -...

Duration:01:14:15

Edinburgh Fringe Leg Up Day - Get your tickets now! :)

12/16/2017
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Perfect for Christmas… please come! TL;DR Date - 17th Feb 2018 Time - 1-5pm Cost - £20 Ticket link - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/ask-industry-podcast-edinburgh-fringe-leg-day/ Facebook Event - https://www.facebook.com/events/133191834119613/ And if you’d like to become a patreon - https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast And here’s a link to the facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AskTheIndustryPodcast/ Thank you for your support… Si

Duration:00:05:57

EP93 - Edinburgh Fringe Live Q&A Panel with 3 Comedy Agents

12/1/2017
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This is our 4th live Q&A. It took place at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 at the Sweets Venue in Grassmarket. Thanks to JD at the venue as well as the whole panel and everyone who came down to attend and ask questions. About the panel - Chris Larden (@christophlander) is an agent at Phil Mcintyre Entertainment. He deals with the new and up-and-coming talent including James Acaster, Masud Milas, David Trent and more. Katya Balfour-Lynn (@katyabalfourlyn) is a live booking agent for United...

Duration:01:33:27

Happy 3rd birthday to us!

11/27/2017
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It’s been three years guys! *puts on a party hat and throws streamers* Thank you so much for your on-going support, kind words and downloads. This project would be nothing without you and I want you to know I appreciate any and all acts of kindness you offer. From tweeting a guest to say thanks to sending me a nice message to reviews on iTunes to donating. We’re all in this together. Sincerely, thank you all.

Duration:00:09:29

EP92 – Mike Leigh – Free digital content and the impact on the careers of artists signed to MLA.

11/17/2017
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Mike Leigh is the founder of MLA Talent. They’re not just a talent agency they also produce a lot of free digital media and podcasts creating their own podcast network to share audiences. I got him on to talk about… -How does he scout for new talent or online content to develop? -Does it help having a following online to get on TV or radio? -Why he thinks there’s so few great comedy producers now. -Why he thinks acts with big profiles shouldn’t be doing the Free Fringe and who he...

Duration:01:13:11

EP90 – Jo O’Callaghan - How to bring a show to the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

10/19/2017
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Jo O’Callaghan is a former performer who is head of artists, venues and events at the Adelaide Fringe . She’s previously worked at Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Film Festival, Short + Sweet Melbourne, and Melbourne International Comedy Festival so she knows her stuff and specifically her stuff about Australian festivals. I got her on the podcast to talk about… -How to bring a show to the Adelaide Fringe -Common mistakes performers make that you should avoid -What the...

Duration:00:57:30

EP88 - Milton Jones - How to make a career as a one-liner comedian.

9/14/2017
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Milton Jones ( @TheMiltonJones ) is a one-liner powerhouse with a strong work ethic and an interesting approach to how he see’s his on stage self as a cartoon rather than a comedian or a character. We talked about - Is comedy still a stepping stone to “something else”?His frustrations with getting work commissioned on TV (or the lack of it).Did doing something a bit “different” / weird help him in his early career and has he benefitted from having promoters wanting “variety”

Duration:01:22:03

EP87 - How to sell a DVD online from Chris Evans, the founder of Go Faster Stripe

9/1/2017
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Chris Evans ( @gofasterchris ) is the founder of Go Faster Stripe. Go Faster are an independent film production and distribution company that specialise in comedy shows but have recently expanded out to books and CDs as well. We talked about… How do they make money from recording comedy shows?Scratching my [...]

Duration:01:12:49

EP87 - Sam Bain - How to write BATFA winning sitcoms.

8/17/2017
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Sam Bain (@SamBainTV) is a British comedy writer, best known for the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show and his writing partnership with Jesse Armstrong. Along with writing for sitcoms including Smack the Pony and That Mitchell and Webb Look he has also written the film Magicians and contributed to the film Four Lions. We talked about… Has social media helped people bypass the agent gatekeepers?How did he get his agent and how he and Jesse picked the right one?What’s it like writing as a...

Duration:01:07:45

EP85 - Nick Ranceford-Hadley - What’s it like to start your own talent agency?

8/4/2017
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NRH Management (@nickr_h) is the agency of Nick Ranceford-Hadley. Nick has been an agent for twenty five years, most of which at Noel Gay Artists, where he was Managing Director. He has represented many of the great names in the entertainment business from the creators of The Weakest Link to the late Sir David Frost. We talked about… Who works for who?Is it better to approach an agent or wait for them to come to you?What does / doesn’t he do?How he (and his clients) have benefitted by...

Duration:00:56:55

EP84 - Richard Herring - How to build an audience through podcasting.

7/21/2017
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Richard Herring (@Herring1967) is an English stand-up comedian, writer and recognised as a pioneer of comedy podcasting. He daily blogs his life and is known as a massive advocate of free content and building a path for yourself by finding your audience using the internet. We talked about… Moving into the self-funded self-generated content era.How he build a relationship with his audience through podcastingIf he thinks he had a “leg up” on other lesser-known comedia [...]

Duration:01:07:48

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