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
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 ] 
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Want more content from me? Why wouldn't you! 
Please check out my other podcast - The Audio Time Capsule. In each episode a guest comes on, leaves 20 questions, then a year later comes back on and answers them. I then edit it so they're talking to their past self.
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