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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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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.




EP123 - Jacob Howe-Douglas - Founder of HD Management

Jacob Howe-Douglas (@hdmgt) is the founder of HD Management. A boutique agency that has a focus on film, TV, radio and online content for all of their acts. Jacob has been an agent for more than 12 years building the careers of comedians. Stream - iTunes - YouTube - Spotify - If you’ve...


Every Room Becomes a Panic Room When You Overthink Enough - EdFringe 2019

Please come to my Edinburgh Fringe show - Or please say to a friend "please go to this person's show" as that word-of-mouth recommendation would really help and make a massive different. Thank you for you on going support. x For information regarding your data privacy, visit


EP122 - Jeremy Dyson - The power of failing, asking for help and writing in partnerships.

Jeremy Dyson (@dysonjeremy) is an author, musician and screenwriter best known as one of the League of Gentlemen and the co-writer of the horror film Ghost Stories. We talked about how he got his early work, how rejection was actually really good for him and why asking for help is just as important as giving back and helping when you’re in a position to do so. Stream - iTunes -...


EP121 – Griff Rhys Jones – Founder of Talkback and how the “old boys” network began.

Griff Rhys Jones is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. In this rare, lengthy and in-depth interview we discussed his origins in the industry, how he made award-winning but not profit making radio adverts which led him into TV and now, in his "retirement" he's taken up stand up and is trying to build himself a live audience. Stream - iTunes -...


Edinburgh Fringe 2019 plug (and BIG announcements...)

Come see me in Edinburgh - Join the Facebook group to hear the Edinburgh live pods - Give me an iTunes review - Our 2nd meet and greet ticket link -...


EP120 – Simon Munnery – character comedy and the value of DIY props

Simon Munnery (@SIMONMUNNERY) is a comedian best known for his characters "Alan Parker: Urban Warrior" and "The League Against Tedium". He has an experimental style of comedy both in performing and the language he uses, he's known for his makeshift and elaborate props. Stream - iTunes - YouTube - Spotify -...


EP119 - What does Equity offer professional comedy performers?

Michael Day is the London Variety Organiser and Louise Grainger is in charge of Marketing, Events and Training at Equity (@EquityUK). I got them on to talk about why a performers union is important to comedians, their role in the #MeToo movement and the future improvements they want to make to better serve the comedy industry and more! Stream - iTunes - YouTube -...


EP118 - Seán Morley - The Glang Show and Intelligent Absurdism

Seán Morley (@seanmorl) is a comedian, intelligent surrealist and comedy club promoter. He’s the inventor of the Glang Show and built up a chunk Sheffield Comedy Scene (almost) single-handedly. We talked about running comedy nights and building an audience for them on your reputation. Founding a show that is anti-Gongs and why it is important as well as developing your comedic persona and waiting for a bit longer than you might normally want to before approaching agents / industry. Stream...


ATI Extra - British Comedy Guide Pro

A firm friend and supporter of the podcast, Mark Boosey, has launched an awesome new side of the British Comedy Guide for comedians / performers called "Pro". In it you can learn about the industry, find out about job opportunities and events, enjoy exclusive articles and podcasts and more! Another big feature I love is that you get control over your CV page (here's mine). If you are going to sign up, please use this link ( ) and type in ATI in the...


EP117 - James Ross - How to build a cult comedy night | Quantum Leopard

James Ross (@jamesrosscomedy) is a comedian, writer, improviser and founder of the cult comedy club Quantum Leopard Comedy. The Club recently won the Chortle award for “best comedy night in London” even though, it does very little advertising beyond its own mailing list and only runs once a month. Stream - iTunes - YouTube - Spotify -...


EP116 - Steve Kaplan - The Comic Hero's Journey.

Steve Kaplan (@skcomedy) is one of the industry's most respected experts on comedy. He's consulted on projects with DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO and more as well as directed shows which have won Emmy's Academy Awards, Golden Globes and more! He’s written two books, the most recent is the Comic Hero’s Journey. Stream - iTunes - YouTube -...


EP115 - Binty from Hot Water Comedy in Liverpool.

Binty Blair (@TheBinty) is the co-owner and founder of Hot Water Comedy club (@HWCCLiverpool) in Liverpool. Along with his brother Paul (who is not in the podcast) they started the club back in 2010. Since then it has opened new venues and developed a reputation nationally as one of the best places to gig and one of the best places to watch comedy. Stream - iTunes -...


Last call for my 2018 DVD record.

If you can come and support me, please do. Or share the link with a friend who lives in London. Thank you for any and all support. I'm really excited :D For information regarding your data privacy, visit


EP114 - Jo Caulfield - Advice on smashing the Edinburgh Fringe.

Jo Caulfield (@Jo_Caulfield) is a comedian, writer and blogger who started her career as the writer for Graham Norton while running her open mic night between waitressing shifts. I got her on to talk about developing a relationship with your audience, what she likes and hates about TV panel shows, her relationship with the Edinburgh Fringe and more. Stream - iTunes -...


EP113 - Arthur Smith - Alternative comedy in the 21st century

Arthur Smith (@ArfurSmith) is an alternative comedy, the Mayor of Balham and writer who has been performing in the UK since the late 1970s. We talked about how his relationship with the Edinburgh Fringe, what drives him, how he writers shows and advice on creating show titles that grab people's attention and so much more. Stream - iTunes - YouTube -...


EP112 - Barry Katz - How an agent helps to build your comedy audience in the US.

Barry Katz (@BarryKatz) is a talent manager who began work in Boston. After failing to become a comedian he started running clubs and representing household names including Dave Chappelle, Jay Mohr, Anthony Clark, Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes, Nick Swardson, Dane Cook, Tracy Morgan, Frank Caliendo, Darrell Hammond, Whitney Cummings, and Louie CK. We got into how he scouts for talent, what makes star quality in the US and what the future of the industry as in store for acts starting now with the...


EP111 – Don Casino Entertainment – What does it take to be a cruise ship comedian?

Don Casino Entertainment (@doncasinoagency) are one of the big cruise ship entertainment companies based in the US. I got two of the senior scouts on during Edinburgh Fringe to talk about what they're looking for, what it takes to work cruise ships, what you can and can't say and do as well as how comedians deal with dying on stage and having to live with an audience who didn't like what they did and more! Stream - iTunes -...


EP110 - John Robertson - You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room.

John Robertson (@Robbotron) is a comedian, writer and video game creator. We talked about what it was like starting out in Australia and moving to the UK. Touched on his early brushes with comedy competitions including Australia Got Talent where he faked a seizure. His live action comedy video game The Dark Room started life as a YouTube video, then became a sleeper hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and is now a real video game for sale on Steam. We talked about moving the idea into different...


Sex, drugs and other things I never do at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Happy new year! I can't thank you enough for all the support you've given me and the podcast in 2018. It means the world and has really helped keep the project going. Here's a list of everything I spoke about in the podcast (this is a much less emotive thank you than in the episode) - get a ticket hereDonate to keep the show going via PayPalPatreonFacebook EventFree ticket linkpodcast Thank you, hope to see you at a gig / live recording some day soon. :) x For information regarding your...


EP109 - Arthur Matthews - Co-writer of Father Ted.

Arthur Mathews is an Irish comedy writer and actor who, often with writing partner Graham Linehan, has either written or contributed to a number of television comedies, such as Father Ted. He's also written for Harry Enfield and Chums, Hippies and The Fast Show. Stream - iTunes - YouTube - Spotify -...