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.
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!


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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