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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.




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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

EP83 - Brendon Burns - What’s the difference between joke theft and parallel thinking?

Brendon Burns (@brendonburns) is an Australian stand-up comedian and author who is known for his boisterous stage presence and controversial material. We got talking about how he found his audience through podcasting and has continued to grow it through touring new shows and giving away free content online. We talked about… The value of people’s time / the connection you make when podcastingHow the downloads go up when his family is on.The heckler at the gig we did [...]

Duration: 01:22:39

Edinburgh Fringe info (please listen even if you’re not going!)

I’ll keep this brief… I am doing the Edinburgh Fringe with my 2nd solo hour. You can book a ticket for £5 (or turn up and pay what you want on exit) - If you’re not going to the Edinburgh Fringe, check out my tour dates (I’m adding more in the coming weeks so please check back) - If I’m not coming to your town / city / living room and you’d like me to, just...

Duration: 00:05:44

EP82 – Dan Berg – The future of online comedy streaming from the founder of Next Up

Dan Berg (@mrdanielberg) is a writer and comedian from London who founded Fringe Funder (@fringefunder) as a means to help comedians raise the money to do Edinburgh and more recently launched the on-demand streaming NextUp Comedy (@nextupcomedy). We talked about… How he started a project to help the community and help us out. How they’re making a community around the product and building it into the existing live scene.

Duration: 01:04:58

EP81 - Carl Donnelly - Death, divorce and stand up.

Carl Donnelly (@CarlDonnelly) is an English stand-up comedian, podcaster and writer. He has built an audience for his work and is known for being open and honest about his mental health. We talked about… How long did it take him to go full time in comedy?Do you think you were good enough when you went full time and do you know.How does he cope with a bad gig?Did he feel any responsibility when writing jokes about mental health?AND MORE! [...]

Duration: 01:05:43

EP78 - Ryan Taylor - Head of comedy at the Pleasance - What makes a “Pleasance act”.

Ryan Taylor (@Ryan_Taylor_) is the Head of Comedy at the Pleasance (@ThePleasance) in both London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is in charge of gets slots at the venue but more importantly he’s passionate about bringing through new talent and building a circuit for the newer performers as well as the established ones. We talked about… Do program listings still work for paid shows in an age of mobile phones / social media? The psychology of paid vs free fringe shows and how to sell both...

Duration: 01:12:56

EP77 - Aditi Mittal - India’s first professional female comedian.

Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) an Indian stand-up comedian, actress and writer and one of the first women to do stand-up comedy in India, Aditi has been rated amongst India’s top 10 stand-up comedians by The Times of India. We talked about… The class issues in comedy and how society impacts what they can / can’t say.How the Indian circuit has evolved and what the British circuit can learn from it.What does she make of the Edinburgh Fringe?The challenge of performing comedy in more than one...

Duration: 01:18:59

EP76 - Mark Tughan - Founder of the Glee Club - How to create a credible comedy club chain.

Mark Tughan (@marktughan) opened the first Glee Comedy Club (@thegleeclub) over 20 years ago having just left his job as a city banker. He fell in love with comedy and put his money where his mouth is to become part of the industry. Today the Glee has 4 venues across the UK and continues to be (as he puts it) one of the elite “credible” comedy clubs outside of the London. We talked about… How and why he decided to quit his day job in finance and start the first purpose built comedy club...

Duration: 01:13:56

EP74 - Toby Hadoke - What the Manchester comedy scene has that the London circuit doesn’t…

Toby Hadoke is a Comedian, Actor and Writer who quite likes Doctor Who. He founded the long running Manchester based club XS Malarkey and books the Manchester Comedy Stores new material night as well as being a regular MC at the 99 Club. We talked about building an audience, podcasting and what the Manchester scene has that the London scene doesn’t… You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - Or get it on iTunes here -

Duration: 01:14:34

EP72 - Ben Venables - Editor at The Skinny - How to get your show noticed / reviewed.

Ben Venables (@benvenables) is the comedy editor at the Skinny which covers the Glasgow and Edinburgh Festivals (as well as the Scottish scene the whole year round). Ben has been a journalist for a number of years and has carved out a great niche for himself as a knowledgeable and earnest lover of stand-up. I got him on to talk about the future of the Edinburgh Fringe, what it is like working at the Skinny and his best tips to get reviewed (with and without a PR). I got him on to talk...

Duration: 00:59:28

EP70 – Barry Ferns and Sarah Pearce – Angel Comedy – How to build a community-led comedy club.

Barry Ferns (@barryferns) started Angel Comedy (@angelcomedy) 6 years ago in 2010 as an open mic night to give himself more stagetime. Since then it has expanded and now runs comedy shows 7 nights a week. More recently the core team and their volunteer army have crowdfunded to lease their very own venue, just down the road from the original. They raised £46,643 from 1049 in 30 days. I got on Barry and former comedian, now Angel booker / show manager / venue manager / everything Sarah...

Duration: 01:10:19

EP69 - Michael Redmond - How he accidentally became a cult figure.

Michael Redmond (@redmondmichael1) is an Irish stand-up comedian from Blackrock, Dublin best known for playing Father Stone in the Father Ted episode “Entertaining Father Stone”. He has a deadpan style of delivery which has led to him becoming a dependable and experienced performer of quotable, but hard to replicate gags… having said that one of his jokes was famously stolen by Joe Pasquale and we get into how he felt about that and the subsequent joke written by Stewart Lee. Redmond began...

Duration: 01:13:34

Happy 2nd anniversary to us!

We’re two years old! Here’s a quick round up of what’s been happening in the last year and below are all the links to things you might be interested in! hereyearly advice blogyou can find the first one heremore info hereParaPodGuys We FuckedJames Quentin | Can I be funny?Please keep an eye out for my future podcasts:

Duration: 00:12:02

EP67 - Armando Iannucci - I’m not a political satirist!

aiannucciThe Armando Iannucci ShowsThe Day TodayKnowing Me, Knowing YouVeepI’m Alan Partridge

Duration: 01:36:31

EP63 – Ariane Sherine – How to move from TV writer to stand up comedian

Ariane Sherine (@ArianeSherine) is a British musical stand-up comedian, comedy and journalist. She created the Atheist Bus Campaign, which ran in 13 countries during January 2009. In her career in TV she’s written for My Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, [...]

Duration: 01:28:49

EP61 - Jonathan Pie - The power of political satire on social media

Tom Walker is better known as Jonathan Pie (@JonathanPieNews) a satirical news reporter character who is an idealist at heart but can’t stand the way his job often pans out.

Duration: 01:10:12

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