EP79 - Vladimir McTavish - the secrets behind The Stand

May 5, 2017

Vladimir McTavish (@vladmctavish) is one of 4 comedians who sits on the board of directors at the world famous Stand comedy club. We talked about building an audience for a comedy club, why the Stand is so highly looked at by comedians as a model for how a club should be run and more. 

We talked about...

  • The value of unpaid gigs.
  • Balancing being a promoter and a comedian.
  • The secrets behind the comedy club chain The Stands

AND MORE!

 

This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in gigging at the Stand, going full time as a comedian or an audience member wanting to know some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the comedy club chain as well as the perspective of being a promoter.

 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/VladimirMcTavish
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/PAfMoLQWbzQ
 
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here.
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP78 - Ryan Taylor - Head of comedy at the Pleasance - What makes a “Pleasance act”.

April 21, 2017

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 types of ticketing.
  • What is the application process like from his point of view?
  • If you haven’t heard back from the Pleasance should you assume you didn’t get a slot?
  • Is there such a thing as a Pleasance style act and who would fit the bill?

AND MORE!

 

This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in gigging in Manchester, going full time as a comedian or an audience member wanting to know some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Manchester comedy clubs. 

 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/RyanTaylor
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/JNNbX-l-KQI
 
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here.
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP80 - Midlands Live Circuit Panel Special.

April 19, 2017

The panel included - 

1) Red Redmond - promoter at Deadcat Comedy

2) Glen Gandy - promoter at Blue Giraffe Comedy

3) Adam Rushton - A Rush Of Laughter Comedy Management / Comedy promoter.

4) Alex Hylton & Dave McGuckin - Promoters at Jokes On Us at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

We talked about...

  • The midlands festival and club circuit
  • Progression and how to get it.
  • Why 5 minutes isn't enough in the midlands
  • Stories from the green rooms.

AND MORE!

 

This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in gigging in the midlands or progressing in the industry in general.

 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/LeicesterLivePod2
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/nDuWGKlkQ9A
 
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here.
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP77 - Aditi Mittal - India’s first professional female comedian.

April 7, 2017

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 language.
  • Is stand up a boys club in Indian? Is there misogyny in the audiences / from other acts?
  • How she overcame her fear of signing with an agent and found the right one for her.

AND MORE!

This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in the Indian comedy scene and how it compares to the UK as well as what it is like coming over from another country to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe.

 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/AditiMittal
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/3QyOYKry-y4
 
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here.
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP76 - Mark Tughan - Founder of the Glee Club - How to create a credible comedy club chain.

March 17, 2017

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 outside of London.
  • How the Glee Club reacted and dealt with competition in the cities they operate in.
  • Why other clubs have come and gone and yet the Glee Club has prevailed.
  • How the ride in the solo touring circuit has impacted the Glee Club.
  • Is it a conflict of interest having an agent (Off The Kerb) book your club?

AND MORE!

 

This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in gigging at the Glee Comedy Club chain or a professional comedian who already performs there who is interested in the venues history or a local comedy fan who wants to know more about what goes on behind-the-scenes at their local comedy club.

 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/MarkTughan
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/4uaWqWN82OY
 
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/shop .
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP75 - Paul Weedon - Red 24 Management - Can comedians be TV presenters?

March 3, 2017

Paul Weedon is the founder of Red 24 management (@Red24Management) who just celebrated their 7th year in the entertainment industry. Red 24 is the parent company to CatFace comedy talent and specializes in TV presenters. We talked about if comedians can be TV presenters, how to break into TV presenting, what's changed in TV in the last 10 years and where he see's it going and we discuss some myths like do you need to be "attractive" to be a TV presenter?

We talked about...

  • Why comedians are more gracious than industry in his experience.
  • How YouTube has made it easier for people to break through into TV/ presenting.
  • What truth is there in the cliche that better looking people do get more work on TV?
  • How to approach an agency properly and professionally.
  • How YouTube and the internet has impacted his job and the industry as a whole.

AND MORE!

This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in TV, presenting work, getting a start in TV or a comedian who has an interest in another stream of income / way of performing to a large audience. 

 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/PaulWeedon
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/xbmuu_dCvXo
 
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/shop .
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP74 - Toby Hadoke - What the Manchester comedy scene has that the London circuit doesn’t…

February 21, 2017

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...

We talked about...

  • Why he started podcasting.
  • What the Manchester comedy scene has that the London circuit does.
  • How he made his career in comedy through his debut comedy show.
  • His thoughts being a promoter vs a comedian.
  • His thoughts on being discriminated against in acting roles. 

AND MORE!

 

This podcast would be great for anyone who is interested in gigging in Manchester, going full time as a comedian or an audience member wanting to know some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Manchester comedy clubs. 

 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/TobyHadoke
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/A35u-QCNpII
 
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here.
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP73 - Chris Sussman - The future of comedy at BBC Studios from the Head of Comedy.

February 4, 2017

Chris Sussman (@chris_sussman) is the Head of Comedy at BBC Studios. Chris is responsible for leading the BBC Studios Comedy team, across the UK - in TV, radio and online. He manages the existing slate of productions and take the lead in developing new hit shows and working with exciting, diverse comedy writers and performers. If anyone knows about offence, the state of comedy at the BBC and how to sell an idea to TV it's Chris.

I got him on to talk about:

  • What is BBC Studios?
  • The nature off offence and if it should be the BBC's job to shield people.
  • Why he thinks Mrs Browns Boys was ground breaking.
  • What the future of the BBC looks like as it moves into making shows for other broadcasters
  • How to get your show idea seen by him
  • What are the chances of getting your show purchased if you don't have an agent?
 
AND MORE!
 
This podcast would be useful for anyone who has a TV show they want to sell or get made as well as writers who want to learn more about what goes on behind the closed doors of the BBC.
 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/ChrisSussman
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/S-isMsx-AYQ
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
 
Oh and I have a book out that's a how-to guide for building your audience online through free content. Grab yourself a copy for just £5 here.
 
Thanks,
Si 
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EP72 - Ben Venables - Editor at The Skinny - How to get your show noticed / reviewed.

January 22, 2017

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 about:

  • The Future of the Edinburgh Fringe
  • How to get a review without any PR help
  • What actually goes on behind the scenes at the magazine during the festival and beyond
  • What the star ratings actually mean (to him and his team)
  • Why more Edinburgh Fringe winning acts aren't getting more exposure or opportunities.
  • If there's too many awards / middle people involved at the festival.
 
AND MORE!
 
This podcast would be useful for anyone who is thinking of taking a show the Edinburgh Fringe (comedy or otherwise) and wants to get a review / some level of exposure as well as any local comedy fan who wants to know more about what's happening behind the scenes at their local indie arts mag. 
 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/BenVenables
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/IdqBhPAgCNs
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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EP71 - JD Henshaw - Owner and founder of Sweet Venues

January 6, 2017

John-David (or JD as he prefers to be called) is the founder and artistic director at the Sweet Venues (@sweetvenues) that currently operate largely at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe. But in addition to that he runs a lot of other literary festivals as well as a horror festival. The Sweets recent move into taking on more comedy shows than ever marks an interesting development for them and the Fringe in general. I got him on to talk about why now, and what the future holds for Sweet Venues.

I got him on to talk about why now, and what the future holds for Sweet Venues including : 

  • Discussion of the “problem of youth” in comedy and reality TV shows.
  • Why the Sweets venue was started, what they’re looking for and what they are not.
  • Do you find promoting comedy hard given his historical roots in theatre?
  • The future of the Edinburgh Fringe as he sees it.
  • Why he founded the Horror, Writers and Women's Festivals
 
AND MORE!
 
This podcast would be useful for anyone who is thinking of taking a show the Edinburgh Fringe (comedy or otherwise) and wants to learn about a fun alternative venue that sits between the Big 4 and the Free Fringe. 
 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/JDHenshaw
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/ZIi6IOQTsJk
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 
 
OR you can come to my preview that is also at Angel Comedy [full gig listings can be found here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/LaughterIsTheBestPlacebo ] 
 
If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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EP70 – Barry Ferns and Sarah Pearce – Angel Comedy – How to build a community-led comedy club.

December 16, 2016

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 Pearce to talk about how they did it and what we can learn from them. This interview blew me away and by the end we were talking philosophy and finding what you want to do in life, and always working towards that. Specific subjects we covered included -

  • How Angel has built it's reputation on the clubs ethos alone.
  • How to build a community around a comedy club. 
  • The teamwork and DIY attitude that embodies the entire groups mentality towards work. 
  • Why they decided to buy a pub and when they felt was the best time to take that risk. 
  • Why Sarah quit stand up and why Barry see's his career as a constant process of making stuff and staying in the industry.
  • How to find an audience for your shows/ gigs / comedy club.
  • How they've made the free model work in London (UK).
 
AND MORE!
 
This podcast would be useful for anyone who is a fan of Angel Comedy and the work they do be you a performer or an audience member who has attended one (or several) of their shows. Or someone looking at setting up a comedy club and you're not sure of how to build an audience for it. Or you might just be a comedian who wants to know more about the free economy and how it works.
 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/AngelComedy
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/K1Rh3-lcp_g
 
As mentioned in the pod, if you'd like to come down and support Angel Comedy presents Queer As Jokes (an LGBT+ / kink friendly comedy night) you can get a ticket here (£5) - http://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/events/queer-as-jokes/
 
Please feel free to email in if you have any questions about it OR if you'd like a specific seat (we have a "don't pick on me" seating section for people who want to sit in the front row, but don't want to be talked to). 

 

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

 

 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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EP69 - Michael Redmond - How he accidentally became a cult figure.

December 2, 2016

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 his career as a writer for Irish radio and television, before moving to London and launching a successful stand-up career as a writer and a performer.

I got him on the podcast to talk about -
 
  • What was it like for him when Stewart Lee mentioned him in a joke about Joe Pasquale being a joke thief.
  • How Father Ted did not make that much of an impact on his career.
  • Why he has cut back on live work to focus on writing.
  • Why he moved from Ireland to London to Glasgow as a comedian.
  • How the live comedy circuit has changed since he started
 
AND MORE!
 
This podcast would be useful to anyone who is a fan of Father Ted or Michael that wants to know more about what goes on behind the scenes or a comedian looking to go full time / build a career in comedy.
 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/MichaelRedmond
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/CxnYf2noT7E

 

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

 

 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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EP68 - Simon Abrahams - CEO of the Melbourne Fringe

November 22, 2016

Simon Abrahams (@simonjabrahams) is the Creative Director & CEO at the Melbourne Fringe. Having worked with performers his whole professional career he now runs a large comedy festival in Australia which is used for a lot of different types of performers to try out more experimental and work-in-progress shows.

I got him on the podcast to talk about -
 
  • How the Fringe helps people get to Australia and find them somewhere to stay (and help with the VISAs)
  • The loss of print media in Australia and how that’s impacted promotion of shows.
  • How to register a show and promote it when you don’t live in Australia.
  • Why flyering is banned and how the postering marketing is owned by different companies.
 
AND MORE!
 
This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in taking a show to the Melbourne Fringe and the landscape of the Australian comedy scene in general. 
 
You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/SimonAbrahams
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/BOBYexVK92s

 

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

 

 
Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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Happy 2nd anniversary to us!

November 12, 2016

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! 

 

  1. We hit 120,000 downloads. THANK YOU. Please keep sharing the episodes.
  2. We launched a YouTube channel [here].
  3. Here's the 2nd annual yearly advice blog (you can find the first one here).
  4. We won the Podcast Bursary [more info here].
    1. ParaPod [Their episode on ATI]
    2. Guys We Fucked
    3. James Quentin | Can I be funny?

Please keep an eye out for my future podcasts:

 

  1. Laughter is the Best Placebo

    A mental health podcast along the same lines as the Tony Law episode [link here]. But with more dark humour going deeper into the mind of a performer. This is also the title of my 2nd solo hour coming to Edinburgh in 2017. More info here.

  2. Queer as Jokes

    A podcast to run alongside an LGBT / kink / poly friendly comedy in London, Brighton and Derby. This is where I'll talk to someone in those communities about their relationships with labels, sex, sexuality, kinks and more!

  3. The Audio Time Capsule

    This is where I'll bring on a guest today, get them to record 15-20 questions for their future self and then in a years time bring them back on and get them to answer them. Then it will be edited so they're talking to themselves.

Here are ways you can support the ATI podcast -

  1. Share an episode [full list here]. Word of mouth helps this show more than anything. Please tag me in these if you can so I can thank you!
  2. Leave us an honest review in iTunes!
  3. Donate either a one off amount via PayPal or become a patreon.
  4. Join the Facebook group.

Thank you so much for the last 2 years. It's been a hell of a ride and I can't wait to see what year 3 brings.

Have an awesome day, Si

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

November 4, 2016

Armando Iannucci (@aiannucci) is a Scottish satirist, writer, television director and radio producer. He's best known for The Armando Iannucci ShowsThe Day TodayKnowing Me, Knowing YouVeep and I'm Alan Partridge.  

I got him on the podcast to talk about -
  • How he got started in radio, what it was like moving radio shows to TV and other visual mediums with no experience in them 
  • How he picks the people he collaborates with. 
  • The draw backs of having a fanbase at his level 
  • Why he doesn't like being labeled as a satirist.
  • How he would get started now if he had to go back to nothing.
AND MORE!


You Don't forget! Once you've listened to the podcast remember to tweet him your suggestions for his new book title using the hashtag "#MITLE".


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes of their favourite TV and radio shows as well as what goes into making them and the career "path" that Armando has carved out for himself.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/ArmandoIannucci
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/BiewxMmt3-g


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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EP66 - Helen Zaltzman - The history and future of podcasting.

October 28, 2016
Helen Zaltzman (@helenzaltzman) is a podcasting ninja having started her career in DIY radio in 2007. Her full time job is now creating online audio shows including Answer Me This! with her longtime collaborator Olly Mann as well as the Allusionist podcast. 

 

I got her on the podcast to talk about -

 

  • How has podcasting changed since 2007?
  • Why did she start and what would she advise to anyone starting now?
  • What's the best thing that has come out of podcasting?
  • How do you see it evolving in the future?
  • Why do you think it's so popular among comedians?
  • Other than control, how does working with the BBC compare to doing it all yourself? 
  • What did you do to build your community in the early days?

 

 

AND MORE!

 

This podcast would be useful to anyone interested starting a podcast or just curious about how much work goes on behind the scenes of their favourite pods. It would also be useful to anyone interested in the history of online content and how they can build a community around what they share online.

 

You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/HelenZaltzman
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/SWibt8Gzj_s

 

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016

 

Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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EP65 - Tony Law - Mental health and the life of a professional stand up comedian.

October 17, 2016
Tony Law (@mrTonyLaw) is professional stand up comedian who recently got clean from drink and other demons. In this candid interview he talks about trying to get back in with promoters who were annoyed by his antics, attempting to build a touring audience for his shows and becoming mentally healthy for the first time in years.

I got him on the podcast to talk about -

  • How he went from getting one audience member to selling out his Fringe runs.
  • How he got sober and then hated his material and had to start over.
  • How did you regain the trust of promoters after getting sober?
  • How his family impacted his career. 

AND MORE!

****TRIGGER WARNING****

This podcast contains and talks about the subjects of alcohol and substance abuse as well as mental health in general.

This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes (and in the mind) of a performer trying to build a brand and an audience while struggling with substance addition as well as how he carved a niche audience for his niche comedy.

You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/TonyLaw
Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/V_jmwk-VvzA

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 
You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016

Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!
Thanks,
Si 
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EP64 - Julia McKenzie - What are BBC Radio 4 looking for?

October 10, 2016

Julia Mckenzie (@juliaamckenzie) is the Executive Editor of BBC Radio Comedy (part of BBC Studios). She makes comedy shows for Radio 4 and 2. Julia has produced many radio comedies, including The Jason Byrne Show, Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelievable and French & Saunders for Radio 2 and Party, Mark Steel's in Town, Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section and The Penny Dreadfuls Presents, for Radio 4.

I got her on the podcast to talk about - 
  • How the BBC picks the ideas it commissions.
  • Does BBC radio have the same quotas for gender / ethnicity that the TV arm has?
  • Does the cliched joke of what a Radio 4 audience “is” stack up in their stats of who is listening?
  • What challenges does radio produce for writers and comedians.
  • Her thoughts on the future of radio with digital and technology developments impacting the medium.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in writing for radio (specifically the BBC) as well as any podcasters looking at transferring their show to a mainstream audience. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/JuliaMcKenzie

Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

Or stream it on YouTube - https://youtu.be/qCrVH5UkOeM


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

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

September 28, 2016

Ariane Sherine (@ArianeSherine) is a British musical stand-up comedian, comedy writer 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 FamilyTwo Pints of Lager and a Packet of CrispsCountdownThe Story of Tracy Beaker and more!

I got her on the podcast to talk about - 
  • Getting hate mail for the athiest bus campaign
  • Dealing with a mental breakdown
  • Fearing going to the final of a competition in case she got a bad review which might lead to loss of TV writing work.
  • Coming out as having a mental illness
  • Explanations of TV jargon terms like “shadow script” “sample script” “script polish” etc.
  • Does having a baby hold you back in stand up / lose you work in TV?


AND MORE!


You can join her mailing list to hear about adventures as a stand up by emailing her on ariane@arianesherine.com.


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in writing for TV, how comedy competitions work and how having a baby impacts being a performing.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/ArianeSherine
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP62 - Post Edinburgh Fringe 2017 Analysis.

September 14, 2016

The Edinburgh Fringe is a fickle place and comedians (as well as all other types of performers) use everything at their disposal to stack the deck in their favour. From PRs to giant posters I got a panel of comedy industry experts together to discuss what works, what doesn't and bust myths about the Fringe.

The panel consisted of - 

Steve Bennett (@stevechortle) - Founder of Chortle.com (@chortle), the Chortle awards and head reviewer at Chortle.

Bruce Dessau (@brucedes) - Founder of BeyondTheJoke.co.uk and head comedy reviewer at the London Evening Standard.

Copstick - head comedy reviewer at the Scotsman and on the judging panel for the Malcolm Hardee Awards.

John Fleming (@thejohnfleming) - Founder of the Malcolm Hardee Awards.

Hils Jago (@hilsjago) - Founder of the Amused Moose Comedy Club (@amusedmoose) and the Laugh Off Awards.

Barry Ferns (@barryferns) - Founder of Angel Comedy Club (@angelcomedy), the Barry Awards, Fringe veteran and comedian.

And me (Simon Caine - Comedian, writer, podcaster @thismademecool)

Here's a few highlights of what we talked about during the pod... 

  • What are the reviewers links between the outside of Edinburgh circuit and Edinburgh?
  • Is it hard / impossible to get reviews on the Free Fringe?
  • Why were the reviewers “bored” at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe?
  • Is variety dead at the Fringe?
  • Have the agendas / middle men / PRs and marketing efforts of some ruined creativity in Edinburgh?
  • Are PRs needed any more? Do they help get reviews?


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in doing a comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe, progressing on the comedy circuit, how competition help your career even if you don't win and comedy fans after a behind the scenes look at the Fringe.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/PostEdinburghFringe2016Panel
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

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

September 6, 2016

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. 

In little over a year Tom has grown a dedicated and engaged social media audience of people who believe in Pie's words but also those who do not. 

I got him on the podcast to talk about - 

  • How he came up with the idea, how it has developed and if he thinks it would have worked 6 or 12 months ago.
  • How he dealt with getting “shit” from his audience who felt he was wrong for taking sponsorship from Russia Today TV
  • How he has to watch the ways he makes money from Pie because of the nature of the character.
  • The nature of offence and satire.
  • How he remains topical when the face of politics changes so fast.
  • How close is Tom to the character of Pie?


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in writing satire or character comedy as well as people trying to build their own social media audience.


You can find Jonathan Pie's tour dates here and his YouTube channel here.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/JonathanPie
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP60 - Andrew Ellard - The art of sitcom writing from a script editors point of view.

August 25, 2016

Andrew Ellard (@ellardent) is a script editor who has worked along side Doug Naylor and Graham Lineham on TV shows including the IT crowd, Miranda, Red Dwarf and more! 

I got him on the podcast to talk about - 
  • Being a script editor
  • Getting the trust of a writer to work with them.
  • What it takes to get a script writing credit.
  • How on demand players are changing the face of TV.


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested creating a sitcom, writing for TV or just interested in what goes on behind the scenes of a television channel and show production.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/AndrewEllard
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


Andrew's comedy blaps can be found here

You can find a link to the group around my future sitcom here

You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP59 - Ian Boldsworth : The Artist Formerly Known As Ray Peacock

August 11, 2016

Ian Boldsworth (@RayPeacock) is a comedian, podcaster and TV warm up act who has been a professional within the industry for over a decade. He's best known as "Ray Peacock". A name he is having to give up for one of the most bizarre reasons. In this very personal interview we talk about picking gigs, making a life and ensuring you're doing things for the right reasons. 

I got him on the podcast to talk about - 
  • Being a TV warm up act
  • Cutting back on the live circuit due to audiences
  • Picking which gigs you do more selectively
  • Focusing on building audiences through online content
  • How mental health issues play a part in a performers life, finding your place in the industry and how family / relationships impact your work.


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in starting a podcast / video series and building an audience for it as well as trying to discover what "making it" is for them.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/RayPeacock
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


This episode is a "part 2" to EP58 in which we discussed the ParaPod with both Ian (Ray) and Barry Dodds. You can find that here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/ParaPod

You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP58 - The ParaPod - Building a cult around a podcast

July 27, 2016

The ParaPod (@ParaPod) is an entertainment podcast about the ghosts, the paranormal and everything in between. The hosts are at extreme ends of their beliefs: 

Ray Peacock (@RayPeacock) doesn't believe in any ghosts. He's a comedian, a skeptic and "the voice of reason" in the show.

Barry Dodds (@Barry_Dodds) believes in ghosts, the supernatural and the afterlife. He's a comedian, a believer and the most earnest person you're ever likely to meet. 

I got him on the podcast to talk about - 

  • How social media bullying can impact someone psychologically.
  • How has their careers changed thanks to the cult following the pod?
  • How to structure a podcast.
  • How to make money from podcasting.
  • How to build a relationship with your audience through podcasting.


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in starting their own podcast and building an audience for it, or someone who has a podcast and is interested in the behind-the-scenes talk of a fellow show or just a fan of the ParaPod who wants to know more about what's going on behind closed doors.


If your'e looking at setting up a podcast and don't know where to start I've made a handy guide for that here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/how-to-set-up-a-podcast/


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/ParaPod
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP57 - Matt Price - The art of storytelling at stand up clubs

July 20, 2016

Matt Price (@MattPriceComedy) is a working comedian who has been making his living from clubs for over a decade and has firmly established himself as a storytelling performer... however, he wants more but doesn't know where to go from here.

I got him on the podcast to talk about - 
  • The difference between a storyteller and a stand up
  • His relationship with the label as a storyteller
  • Does being a storyteller mean you’re not funny / can’t write a joke?
  • The clubs that don’t book storytellers and why.
  • How ‘storytelling’ is received by audiences.
  • The value of being able to play any room.
  • Thinking about the “business” side of show business.


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in the difference between stand up and storytelling and the circuit of storytellers. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/MattPrice
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP56 - Robert Popper - How to “make it” in TV

July 8, 2016

Robert (@robertpopper) is comedy producer, writer, actor, and author, best known as co-creator of the mock BBC documentary Look Around You, and creator of Channel 4's sitcom Friday Night Dinner. He also wrote the books The Timewaster LettersReturn of The Timewaster Letters and The Timewaster Diaries under the pseudonym Robin Cooper.


I got him on the podcast to talk about - 

  • How he got his start in TV.
  • How and what the different roles are in TV.
  • How he got the job of Comedy Commissioner for Channel 4.
  • The process of getting a show on TV.
  • His thoughts on the future of TV
  • Is TV a closed club? Or what are the opportunities for new writers?
  • How to save money on a shoot / how to rewrite a scene during production.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone wanting to break into TV or is a budding writer with an idea for a sitcom. As well as any fans of Rob's who want to know more about what goes on behind-the-scenes in television.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/RobertPopper
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP55 - Mick Perrin - The secrets behind the global touring circuit.

June 30, 2016

Mick Perrin (@MickPerrin) got into comedy tour promotion over 20 years ago. His first tour was Eddie Izzard's arena tour (which in itself was the first of its kind). Now Mick Perrin Worldwide tours artists in 20+ countries. Recently he set up a management agency for comedians whose 2nd language is English. 

I got him on the pod to talk about - 

  • Does TV help or hinder a comedian?
  • What is a character comedian and should they be allowed to say things?
  • How much thought and effort goes into organizing a global arena tour.
  • Why he keeps going back to Edinburgh even though he loses money every year.
  • The value and power of social media in terms of building an audience.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone looking at taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe, doing a tour or interesting in how to increase their profile as a performer.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/MickPerrin
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


You can find more pods about the Edinburgh Fringe here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/EdinburghFringe


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP54 – Karen Koren – Founder of the Gilded Balloon

June 21, 2016

Karen Koren (@KarenKoren) founded the Gilded Balloon (@GildedBalloon) in 1986. Since then they have been one of the biggest producers and promoters of live entertainment events, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and best known as one of the "Big Four" venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each August.

I got her on the pod to talk about - 

  • The history and future of the Gilded Balloon
  • Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe
  • Her move into Pay What You Want shows.
  • The Scottish comedy scene outside of the Edinburgh Fringe

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone looking at taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe and isn't sure if they should do a Free Fringe or paid show. Or an audience member who is interested in what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Edinburgh Fringe.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/KarenKoren
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


You can find more pods about the Edinburgh Fringe here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/EdinburghFringe


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


If you want to contact Karen or Katy about sponsoring the Gilded Balloon you can email them on karen@gildedballoon.co.uk or katy@gildedballoon.co.uk


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP53 - Earl Okin - Why there are so few good musical comedians.

June 10, 2016

Earl Okin (@EarlOkin) is a London singer-songwriter, musician and comedian. He's been performing music and musical comedy for over 40 years and knows the entire scene inside out. He also knows why things on the circuit and in Edinburgh have evolved the way they have.  We talked about that and his biggest regrets along along with the biggest lessons he's learned. You can find Earl on his website or listen to him on his podcast.

I got him on the pod to talk about - 

  • Starting on the folk circuit and what it was like when it folded.
  • The history of the comedy circuit and how it has developed the way it has.
  • How he makes a living as an alternative performer.
  • The “old Edinburgh Fringe” and how and why it changed,
  • How he went from being the “blue eyed boy” of Jongleurs to never wanting to set foot in the club
  • How the Edinburgh Fringe died as a Fringe Festival
  • Why what’s happening in pop music is happening in comedy and why he thinks it’s damaging.
  • How musical comedians are treated behind the scenes.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in musical comedy, the history of the live circuit and the Edinburgh Fringe.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/EarlOkin
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP52 - Henry Normal - Co-founder of Baby Cow Productions

May 23, 2016

Described in the Telegraph as "the funniest man you've never heard of" Henry Normal is an award winning comedian, TV producer, poet and writer. He set up Baby Cow Productions with Steve Coogan and has toured with Pulp. He starred in Packet of Three, and co-write The Royal Family and the Parole Officer. He's done it all.

I got him on the pod to talk about - 

  • Why he struggled to transfer his comedy to TV.
  • How he picked his stage name and why.
  • Why he founded Baby Cow and how they operate.
  • How to get your start in TV / radio / professional writing.
  • The future of TV in his opinion.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in TV, radio, professional writing, being a poet and Baby Cow productions. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/HenryNormal
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


You can also find my tour dates for 2016 here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/BuddhismAndCats2016


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP51 - Sam Brady - How to organise your own successful tour with no management, PR or TV credits.

May 15, 2016

Sam Brady (@SamBrady) is a comedian who had no management, no PR, no agent, no TV or radio credits... but what he did have was a show that he believed in that he wanted to tour. He took his show around the country to arts centres and theatres and has no started to do it again with his new tour. He's come on the pod to talk about how he did it, what he learned and what you should avoid doing...

I got him on the pod to talk about - 

  • Why did he start booking his own tours?
  • How did he get over any insecurities to sell his show.
  • How far ahead did he need to plan the tour
  • What are his big red flags for venues
  • His biggest mistakes and learnings for touring a show
  • How box office splits work.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in organising their own tour or is interested in the behind the scenes of the touring circuit.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/SamBrady
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP50 - Graham Smith - former Commissioning Executive for Channel 4 and Channel Five

May 2, 2016

Graham (@mrgrahamksmith) has been an Executive Producer for the BBC and a Commissioning Executive for Channel 4 and Channel Five. He has also run his own successful independent production company.

He's currently the co-founder and owner of Grand Scheme Media (@grand_scheme).

I got him on the pod to talk about - 

  • How to develop a great TV pitch.
  • The future of TV and how advertising is going to impact the future development of the medium
  • Why comedy (generally) doesn’t make money on TV.
  • The future of “second screen” experiences in TV.
  • Why building a community is the future of content.
  • Why comedy is harder than drama.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes of the TV industry, or who is trying to get their idea on the box!


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/GrahamSmith
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP49 - The European Comedy Festival Network - Live Q&A

April 24, 2016

The European Comedy Festival Network consists (currently) of 4 comedy festivals spread out over Europe who all share information, talent and shows to help make their festivals the best they can be. In this live Q&A recorded at the Leicester Comedy Festival we discussed -

  • The relationship between the festivals and Dave’s role in all of this.
  • What their audiences want and what types of shows do and don’t work at each festival.
  • How each festival is trying to attract new shows and more audiences.
  • Are you looking for finished shows or work in progress shows?
  • What is the European Comedy Festival Network?
  • How to sell your show to a European market.
  • The best way of getting the attention of a festival scout.
  • If Edinburgh is the “year mark” for a comedian, where does your festival fit in around that.

AND MORE!


The guests are - 

1) Geoff Rowe - Founder of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. http://www.comedy-festival.co.uk/

2) Maria Jeppesen - Zulu Comedy Festival (Copenhagen) http://zulucomedyfestival.dk/zcf

3) Chi Ton - International Comedy Box Festival (formally ‘TouMAZEing’, Stavanger) https://www.facebook.com/events/1020173578043661/

4) Sam Avery (Liverpool Comedy Festival) - http://www.thecomedytrust.com/


My 2016 blog about my experience at the Leicester Comedy Festival - http://simoncaine.co.uk/DaveLeicesterComedyFestivalCosts2016

My 2016 video blog about my experience at the Leicester Comedy Festival - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkqLA9GnCNU


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in taking a show to the Leicester Comedy Festival and then taking it beyond to other places in Europe. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/EuropeanComedyFestivalNetwork
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP48 - David Mulholland - Big Cheese at the Soho Comedy Club

April 16, 2016

David Mulholland founded the Soho Comedy Club (@SohoComedyClub) 10 years ago. Since then it has grown to 4 shows over 3 nights a week and all of them are ticketed and paid work for performers.

I got him on the podcast to talk about...

  • Why he’s frustrated about being known as a promoter and not a comedian.
  • Has it become harder to run a paid night?
  • His thoughts on the “free comedy” nights in London.
  • What nights he makes a profit, loss or breakeven on and why.
  • His thoughts on Inky Jones and London Comedy Club.
  • How to market a London club effectively.
  • How running his own club helped him become a full time comedian quicker than he would have done without it.
  • How do you think the closure of Time Out comedy will impact you and other newer clubs?

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in the London comedy scene, running a night in the capital and what methods of promoting comedy work and don't work.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/DavidMulholland
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937


If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP47 - Ally Wilson - Head of live and touring at CKP Productions

April 1, 2016

Ally Wilson is the head of live at CKP (@ckpcomedy). CKP are a global touring agent who also organise extended London runs for performers at long established venues including the Soho Theatre.

I got her on the podcast to talk about...

  • What is the Guinea pig club?
  • When you’re looking for shows are you looking by thinking “I need to find something that works in this venue” or are you just looking for good shows?
  • Are competitions worth doing? What is the industry's opinion of them?
  • Are competitions filtering out some acts who struggle with 5 spots or aren’t snappy enough for gong shows? Do you worry about missing acts because of this?
  • What sells a tour? Awards? Quotes? Credits?
  • Is the live club circuit tied up within “industry” and how hard would it be for a performer without management to break through and play them regularly?
  • Should you want to play every room? Is this idea a positive or negative one?
  • Will quality always rise to the top or are there too many acts which means some are getting overlooked?
  • Do TV comedy shows help or hurt comedians?

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone interested in putting together a tour or getting exposure for their tour dates. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/AllyWilson
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP46 – Daniel Sloss – What is it like being a full time comedian as a teenager?

March 20, 2016

Daniel Sloss (@Daniel_Slossis a comedian who is noteworthy because he became a professional live performer while still in his teens. He was the youngest comedian to perform a solo season in London's West End aged 19 and also signed a DVD deal with BBC WW’s 2Entertain label. He was also commissioned by the BBC for a broadcast sitcom pilot The Adventures of Daniel, and has appeared on US Television programmes including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Conan

I got him on the podcast to talk about...

  • What’s it like starting comedy at 16 and going pro before the age of 20?
  • Why he made an online TV series instead of approaching a TV channel.
  • Why he feels bad for jumping on the bandwagon witchhunt for Dapper Laughs.
  • What is the worst show he’s ever done?
  • What it’s like being pushed forward with TV credits and how he handled rushing ahead of other people.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who wants to go full time as a performer and wants to know what the reality of that is like but also performers who want to know what it's like going on TV and trying to make business choices as a young performer.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/DanielSloss
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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A few things…

March 19, 2016

This is just a short episode to answer a few on going questions... 

Things mentioned in order - 
  1. Join the Facebook Group here
  2. Leave us a review in iTunes here.
  3. Become a pod Patron here.
  4. Donate via PayPal on the website here.
  5. Pre-order my book here.
Thanks for the support everyone. It means the world! 

Si
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EP45 - Adam Bloom

March 13, 2016

Adam Bloom has been performing stand up for 23 years. He's sold out Edinburgh Fringe runs, he's appeared on TV, he's written for other comedians and is a regular on the corporate circuit. He's done it all and in this podcast we attempt to get to the bottom of how you can do it all as well!

I got him on the podcast to talk about...

  • His thoughts on social media and how he uses it
  • How he sold out all of his Edinburgh Fringe runs.
  • Why he’s not been back to Edinburgh for over 5 years.
  • His thoughts on Free vs Paid Fringe.
  • How long did it take him to become a full time comedian and can what he did be done now?
  • Advice on getting and storming corporate gigs.
  • Why he actually likes corporate gigs more than clubs.
  • Can he make a living from the live circuit alone?
  • His opinions on TV panel shows and why he’s not on them any more.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who wants to go full time as a performer and wants to know what the reality of that is like but also performers who want to get into other areas of the business such as writing for other acts or doing corporate gigs. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/AdamBloom
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP44 - Joe Charman aka The Skills Guy - How to build your online fan base

March 2, 2016

Joe Charman found fame on Vine with his short jokes and "skills" videos which have led to him becoming an internet sensation. We talk about the highs and lows of going viral, dealing with haters, what it's like getting spotted in the street and how you can create your own fan base using the internet.

I got him on the podcast to talk about...

  • His thoughts on Vine and other platforms
  • Why he considers himself an “entertainer” and not a “comedian”
  • What it was like being the tour support for Dapper Laughs while he was going through the controversy.
  • How he found his voice and then found his audience.
  • How he misses the anonymity of performing without the pressure of being “famous”.
  • Does he think sponsored vines are “selling out” and how can you make money from being a Viner.
  • How to make your content go viral.
  • Can he make enough from adverts alone?
  • How did you get the job as the support act for the Dapper Laughs tour?

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who wants to build their own online fan base through free content.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/JoeCharman
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP43 - Anne Edyvean - Head of the BBC Writersroom - How To Get Your Writing Noticed By The BBC

February 18, 2016

Anne Edyvean is the head of the BBC Writers Room. The Writers Room is the creative heart of the BBC set up to discover and develop writing talent for future shows.

I got her on the podcast to talk about...

  • What is the BBC writers room?
  • What are they looking for in scripts
  • How the internet has impacted people’s attention and the BBC.
  • How to make a living as a writer and where you can get your “10,000 hours” and first credits.

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone comedians or writers looking at getting their work seen by the BBC and developing a career in television. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/AnneEdyvean
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP42 - Jeremy Lee (JLA) - How To Crack The Corporate Comedy Circuit

February 13, 2016

Jeremy Lee is one of the co-founders of the corporate booking agency JLA. JLA are the biggest corporate booking company in the country dealing with over 2,500 gigs per year booking comedians, writers, performers and even ex-prime ministers.

I got him on the podcast to talk about...

  • How to get started on the corporate gigging circuit?
  • How much can you expect to get paid for a corporate gig?
  • Why he tries not to book “famous” comedians over good comedians.
  • How the recession helped the corporate comedy circuit.
  • Tips for people wanting to perform well at a corporate gig.
  • Are corporate gigs a “boys club”?


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone comedians who are looking at breaking into the corporate circuit or newer comedians who maybe have some preconceptions of the corporate scene. This podcast dispels a lot of myths about these gigs and aims to help performers get into the circuit.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/JeremyLee
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP41 - The Boy With Tape On His Face

February 2, 2016

Sam Wills is a New Zealand prop-comic residing in London. On stage he performs as The Boy with Tape on His Face. He's been performing since 2001 starting in New Zealand working his way towards the Edinburgh Fringe.

I got him on the podcast to talk about...

  • Should you be friends with your fans?
  • The difference between British and New Zealand comedy scenes.
  • Why he is a silent act
  • Will you get to an age where you’re no longer “the boy” but “the man”?
  • Why having “fame” as your end goal is bad
  • The value of having a 5-year plan in achieving your goals
  • How he found his agent and advice on picking the right agent
  • How he uses the Australian festivals to preview his shows on the other side of the world to prep for Edinburgh and the UK
  • How to turn a marketing problem (not being able to describe his act) into an opportunity.
  • How has social media helped / hurt your career? And how talking to his audience on social media has helped him keep his audience keen on the act.
  • How he uses “joke structures” the same way comedians do without talking.
  • How his marketing is growing up with The Boy
  • How he uses social media to make his character have a personality online and why he keeps two accounts


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who is interested in building an audience around a novetly or character act as well as anyone who wants to tactfully use the Edinburgh Fringe to launch their career.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/TheBoy
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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How To Make A Living By Working For Free - Audiobook sample.

January 28, 2016

What is this?

This is an audiobook extract of my new book (sorry no interview here, but don't pass over it... I think you're going to like this).

Short Story

I want to publish my new book "How To Make A Living By Working For Free".

Slightly Longer Story

Hi... my name is Simon. Welcome to my crowdfunding project.

For the past 6 years I've worked in social media. In short this means I write jokes and make images for the internet. The longer story is I build communities through excellent free content that attracts an audience for brands.

For the last 5 years I've been a gigging comedian slowly building a fan base online through free content. I've used the knowledge and skills I've built in my day job to make communities around the different channels I operate in online.

This book explains everything I've learned from obsessively reading, learning and trying to work out how relationships build online, how to build a community around what you do as an artist to find, nurture and grow your community on and offline.

What We Need & What You Get

What I need from this crowdfunding it pretty simple... money to get the first print run of the book off the ground / get the digital book finalized and ready to go on sale on Amazon.

My target amount is the absolute minimum that I would need to get the book ready for the public. Anything above that would be sales / profit. 

I've set up some awesome rewards for early backers, but if there's something you want which isn't available, please email me (simon.m.caine@gmail.com) and I'll try to make it available for you.

Here's a synopsis of the book - 

The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.

Where can I buy it?

You can pre-order it on IndieGoGo here - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/how-to-make-a-living-by-working-for-free-book#/

Thanks for all the support.

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EP40 - Iain Coyle - Comedy Commissioner at Dave / UKTV

January 27, 2016

Iain Coyle is a British TV presenter, producer and comedian who has worked on TV shows like Big Brother's Big Mouth and Shooting Stars. He is the current comedy commissioner for UKTV and Dave TV.

I got him on the podcast to talk about...

  • How to get your idea on TV? (and his email address)
  • What the Dave TV audience likes to watch (and why)
  • Why getting something on TV is not always a good thing.
  • The best / worst show he’s ever worked on.
  • Vital info on TV channels tone of voice.
  • How he champions TV show ideas he likes and the process of getting them made.
  • His thoughts on just doing something and sharing it with the world to find an audience for it before approaching TV channels.
  • The TV channels relationship with Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who is interested in writing for TV, the best way of contacting a channel or the process that happens behind the scenes in producing shows for television. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/IainCoyle
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 

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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP39 – Chris Young and Jake Alexander - Founders of the Hastings Fringe Festival

January 16, 2016

Chris Young and  Jake Alexander founded the Hastings Comedy Festival in 2015. 2016 is their first year in operation and although they're not the most established comedy festival I got them on to talk about how to set up a comedy festival as well as...

  • What makes the Hastings Fringe unique?
  • Which kind of acts are they're trying to attract?
  • How to market your show if you don't live in Hastings?
  • How to set up a comedy festival and what are the biggest mistakes / learning points they have to share.
  • What advice would they have for acts looking at doing the Hastings Fringe

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who is interested in doing the Hastings Fringe or starting their own festival.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/HastingsFringe
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP38 - Adam Larter - How to build a “cult following” from the founder of the Weirdos.

January 2, 2016

Adam Larter (@lartymcparty) founded the Weirdos comedy club (@weirdoscomedy) in 2010. Not a traditional club, it's actually a revolving line up of comedians who act out shows, sketches and plays which he writers as well as a comedy night and a yearly panto.

 I got him on the podcast to talk about -

  • What does “alternative comedy” mean to him?
  • Has the term “alternative comedy” changed its meaning since the 1980s?
  • Does alternative just mean something which isn’t mainstream and can an alternative comedian ever make it as a mainstream act?
  • Why he does not do previews of his shows.
  • Why he loves flyering at the Edinburgh Fringe (and why he’d gladly help you flyer your show!)
  • How he has managed to make a profit in Edinburgh every year.
  • What it is like being involved in the alternative circuit and how supportive it is.
  • Is it harder to get constructive feedback from an audience who like what you do?

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who is interested in building their own following for their work or is an aspiring writer who wants to write and produce shows either professionally or just for fun.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/AdamLarter
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP37 - Jessie Botterill - Literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit.

December 27, 2015

Jessie joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2010, shortly after graduating from Leeds University with a degree in English Literature. As well as building up her list of fiction and non-fiction authors, she runs the company’s social media presence and sells foreign rights across a number of different territories. On the fiction side she’s looking for stand-out voices and original storytelling; novels that ask difficult questions, and explore the answers to those questions in a unique and imaginative way.

 I got her on the podcast to talk about -

  • What is a literary agent?
  • Where do you even start looking for the right agent?
  • When should you approach an agent, what should you send and what are the common errors writers make?
  • What happens from finding a book idea to getting it on the shelf with an agent.
  • What books sell best in what country
  • The value of social media for an author when pitching a book.
  • Is the trend of internet celebrities getting book deals a fad? Or the way forward for the publishing industry?
  • Are celebrity books pushing out books by new writers because they’re more bankable and more likely to sell?

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who wants to get a book published or self-publish a book themselves and wants an agent to help that happen.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/JessieBotterill
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP36 - Sara Cywinski - How to get your comedy / humour book noticed, sold and published by eBury Random House.

December 14, 2015

Sara Cywinski is Senior Commissioner of Comedy, Humour & Gift Books at eBury Random House (the worlds largest publisher). She's previously written books including Kate:Style Princess and been an "ideas generator" for books at John Blake Publishing. She's been at eBury for nearly 3 years and enjoys combining her love for social media with discovering the new big thing in writing.

 I got her on the podcast to talk about -

  • How Random House scouts for authors using social media
  • How to get noticed by Random House
  • Does Amazon have too much power in the book industry?
  • What are selling more, digital or physical books and what’s the future for both?
  • What is a good way of getting noticed by Random House without sending something weird to the office?
  • Can I book just be launched as book or does it need to have a tour / launch party / blog content associated with it?
  • How long does it take for a book to go from an idea to the bookshelf?
  • When is the best time to bring out a comedy / humour book?
  • How much and what should an author send Random House? The whole book? An idea?

AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who wants to get a book published or self-publish a book themselves. 


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/SaraCywinski
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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EP35 - Ben Walker - Behind the scenes of award-winning podcasts.

November 23, 2015

Ben Walker (@_Ben_Walker) is the founder of Fuzz Productions  who have created Sony Award-winning 'Do The Right Thing', the Loaded LAFTA-winning 'Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown' and the Chortle Award-winning 'Richard Herring: As It Occurs To Me'. We also make Richard Herring's other podcast 'Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast'. They also produce video content for YouTube and BBC online.

 I got him on the podcast to talk about -


  • The advantages and disadvantages of creating a podcast vs creating a BBC Radio show.
  • How Richard Herrings podcasts make money and what he gets from that audience.
  • Can you make a living by creating podcasts
  • How to promote a podcast and help yours find its audience.
  • How hard is it to start a podcast?
  • How do you build an audience for a podcast?
  • Advice for creating a podcast that people actually want to listen to.


AND MORE!


This podcast would be useful to anyone who wants to start a podcast but doesn't know where to start or is scared of how much work it might be.


You can stream the podcast here (with show notes) - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/BenWalker
Or get it on iTunes here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ask-the-industry-podcast/id946220937

If you enjoyed it please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a Patron for only $1 (80p) per episode! https://www.patreon.com/AskTheIndustryPodcast 


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My 2nd book is finally out! It's called "How To Make A Living By Working For Free" and you can buy it here for £5 (digital) or £8 (paperback). Here's the synopsis of the book - 


The book is a how-to guide for artists to create their own online community for their work and how that community can support the artist to become sustainable in every way.

The book takes a critical and in-depth look at the media's perception of "free content" vs the reality of what the general public see it as.

If you're an artist in the modern age who wants a sustainable audience you're no longer just an artist, you're a community leader.


If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book you can find a PDF version of that here.

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Every little bit helps! Alternatively you can support the show by giving it a review in iTunes or just by sharing the episode with a friend or two!

Thanks,

Si
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Happy 1 year to us!

November 22, 2015

We're 1 year old! To celebrate here's my "thank you" episode and a list of ways you can help the project.

You can find all the links and show details from the past year here - http://simoncaine.co.uk/ATI/Year1
Feel free to donate on the website - http://simoncaine.co.uk 
Thanks for all the support! 
Si 
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