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 -
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.
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?
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
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