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?



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 ] 
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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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