Click on each year to learn more about previous editions of the conference, containing panel programmes, delegates lists, reports incl photos or videos and articles, partners and people to thank for their support. Click here for 2016
Testimonials and feedback from attendees received over the years:
“The event was great and really well attended. The panels were excellent.”
Ryan Lane – Warrener Stewart
“Just a quick note to say thanks for having me at the Conference, it was so interesting and useful to be in a room with that many likeminded individuals.”
Alex Hall – Gag Reflex Management
“Thank you for organizing such a great event this year. It was fantastic to meet a number of people face to face for the first time and speak to people I have met in previous years and some new people within the Industry too.”
Julian Savitch-Lee – Bear Funny Comedy
“The cic-conference is my fave day of the year, my Xmas come early. I’m a fan. Brilliant networking opportunity.”
Jurgen Strack – Giving World
“Thank you for doing it and bringing us together every year at the Comedy International Conference. I enjoyed every part of it; the panels, the networking, the showcase. and of course, meeting all you lovely people. A big thank you and congratulations for putting this incredible conference together for the fifth consecutive year. I was part of 3 and I hope will be part of as many as possible in the future …”
Andrej Tezak – Ceh za smeh (Slovenia)
“Well done for such a brilliant conference which was incredibly useful and informative for me, and a very good networking opportunity too. I found the ‘Deeper into Data’ session particularly useful and have a number of areas which I will now be using within my own business.”
Joss Jones – Cosmic Comedy Management
“I had a great time at the Conference. It was good meeting new people and catching up with old contacts. Interesting panels as well. See you again next year!”
Eric Looge – [PIAS] Comedy (NL)
“Just a note to say congratulations on another successful conference yesterday.
It was definitely worth being involved!”
Andy Townsend – United Talent Agency
“Congratulations on another great year. Smoothly run and interesting throughout I thought. The sifting data stuff was particularly relevant to me, and the Edinburgh chat was entertaining, and sounds like it might result in some actual actions in terms of the posters.”
Mark Boosey – British Comedy Guide
“… an excellent conference. Thoughtfully organized, charmingly executed and filled with insights and amusement …highly recommended”
Christopher Molineux – LaughLearnLead
“An excellent day, good interesting panels and good networking. There were also a few good gags!”
Ed Grossman – Brackman Chopra LLP
“I found it really useful and gave me much more of a sense of how the comedy industry currently runs, current concerns, and I got tips also on branding and social media use! I spoke with some other delegates who were interested in the archive and I hope to be in attendance next year!”
Elspeth Millar – British Stand-Up Comedy Archive
“Had a great time – lovely people. Thanks for the opportunity to hang out and talk with them – interesting challenges they have that are different to rock and pop.”
Steve Machin – Stormcrowd / Dot Tickets
“Thank you for a great day, as it was very informative, even when not immediately relevant. It was a great catch up with contacts we already have here, as well as a phenomenal forum for building new leads, which will now be interesting to see how they develop with us over the year. A definite fixture now for our calendar, and look forward to seeing you next year.”
Ian Dulson – YPlan
“I want to thank you once again for having me! That was a very useful day and I’m proud to be a part of your showcase”
Igor Meerson – Stand Up Original (Russia)
“The conference was a great chance for us to meet industry and introduce ourselves, in an friendly and open atmosphere where everybody is keen to meet each other. A fantastic opportunity to open dialogue and begin working with each other on topics important to us all.”
Adam Dahrouge – The London Sketch Comedy Festival
“Thank you so much for arranging everything, and running not just the conference but the whole event so professionally.”
Hils Jago – Amused Moose Comedy
“It was a pleasure meeting everyone yesterday at the Comedy International Conference. I enjoyed every part of it; the panels, the networking, the showcase. and of course, meeting all you lovely people. A big thank you and congratulations for putting this incredible conference together for the fifth consecutive year.”
Hashem El Garhy – Al Hezb Al Comedy (Egypt)
“Thank you again for letting me get involved with the conference yesterday, I had such a great time and learned a lot about the industry. An excellent variety of sessions, not one of them was irrelevant to me.”
David Allison – This Is Your Laugh
“Heel hartelijk dank om dit te organiseren! Ik ben blij dat ik gekomen ben, want heb echt fantastische mensen leren kennen. Mijn netwerk heeft een grote push gekregen hierdoor. Heel veel dank. Ik kom zeker terug!”
Tom Bertels – Live Comedy (Belgium)
“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the conference yesterday. It was a really interesting day and I think everyone got a lot out of it.”
Anya O’Neill – Mick Perrin Worldwide
“Would like to thank Comedy International for the opportunity to speak on International comedy markets. Great mix of over 100 industry professionals from all over the world, all very talented and driven to expand their particular trade within the comedy circle. And I was on a panel with an Israeli comedy promoter! That’s something that i couldn’t fathom at first – Two guys who can’t enter each other’s country but can agree so much on how comedy can impact a nation. Thanks Sytske Kamstra for making the conference an excellent hub for the exchange of ideas, experiences and contacts within this quirky group of “comedy professionals”.”
Rizal Kamal – LOL Events (M) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia)
“Thanks for inviting us to the conference and for putting up a good platform of communication for the industry!”
Chi Ton – The Comedy Box (Norway)
“I loved the conference, so just a quick bit of feedback.
Location was great! Panel set up was brilliant. I will definitely be coming again. It opened doors for me with sponsors, ticketers and promoters.
GREAT EVENT ALL ROUND!”
James Pringle – Laugh Louder Ltd
“That… was a good one!”
Alex Rochford – TheProducersUK
“It was great to hear from people that I until that point only knew as names or via email and I really felt a sense of open-ness and collaboration. For me, working at a company that has strong links with television but not so much on the live circuit, it was really useful to meet with comedy bookers, promoters and venues. I definitely hope to come again next year.”
Hannah Layton – James Grant Media
“A brilliant conference. A unique opportunity to meet key people from the UK & international comedy industry and share experiences and knowledge about current and future trends in the business.”
Geoff Rowe, Director, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival
“Congrats again on last week. Am so very delighted for you that the CIC has gathered such great momentum and is now clearly being viewed as a destination event for the industry in the yearly comedy calendar!”
Caroline Edwards – Sparkle Productions Ltd.
“I just want to thank you for a very interesting international comedy conference last Thursday. I enjoyed the event very much and made many useful contacts.”
Kenneth Rock – British Society of Comedy Writers
“It was a very enjoyable event. I enjoyed all four of the panels, especially the morning ones, and the networking opportunities and the opportunity to meet old friends was great. I’ll be looking forward to next year’s, I’m sure.”
Phil Chippendale – Comedy Cafe Management
“Just a quick line with many hugs to say thank you so much for organising such a great conference yesterday. It was so great to finally meet some more people I’ve known by phone and email for so many years, but never met in person.
Dear Carl was superb at rounding us up for things and a wonderful host of the first panel. The venue was superb and well run. The staff (both yours and Pleasance) were excellent and very helpful and positive. Can’t fault it and it’s natural great atmosphere helped make the day.
Once again a HUGE thanks for a really enjoyable and productive day. I will definitely be coming to next year’s event, and hopefully to many more of them over the coming years.”
Chaz Collett – Barking Mad Comedy
“It was really fantastic day. I had only planned on staying for the one panel as I had such a heavy workload at the office but I found it so interesting and informative that I stayed right through til past the last panel. A really great and insightful day!”
Jessica Keating – Multitude Media
“Yesterday was fantastic, it felt good. What I mean by that is that there was a vibe, not just engaging panels, but good exchanges during the breaks. The panels held the vast majority of the audience all day too – doesn’t happen often. Top top effort!”
Andy Lenthall – Production Services Association (PSA)
“Congratulations on running such an interesting and enjoyable conference. Count me in for next year.”
Jeremy O’Donnell – Punchline Comedy
Firstly, congratulations on a really well run event. As I think I said beforehand, I wasn’t sure how relevant some of the panels were going to be to me personally, but full credit to you that they were all interesting to the extent I paid close attention to everything in the end.
I particularly enjoyed the bit where the promoters started asking the ticket companies for their data – I know that wasn’t supposed to be on the agenda, but it was good to see relevant issues discussed!
Mark Boosey – British Comedy Guide
Thanks for a really interesting day. The conference was great for me and I feel like I got a lot out of it. Congratulations on a great conference and I look forward to next year.
Nick Adair – AEG Live UK
“As representatives from Stand Up Norway Ltd., the biggest producer and provider of comedy in Norway, we found the first Comedy International Conference very interesting og rewarding. We were impressed by the quality of attending delegates and the quality of panels discussing relevant topics for our industry. It’s interesting to learn more about how other countries organize their activities and the amount of new contacts are extremely valuable regarding inviting international comedians to Norway / Scandinavia. We hope this Conference will turn into an annual event, because we would like to attend this again.”
Rune Viken – Producer, Stand Up Norway AS
“The Comedy International Conference delivered an excellent forum for comedy industry specialists to discuss the state of the comedy industry right now. The event highlighted that comedy is fast becoming a boom industry. The networking opportunities the event provided are already leading to some fruitful business discussions, so it has already been a success in terms of enabling the comedy industry to open up its wider international business development opportunities.”
Caroline Edwards – Managing Director, Sparkle Productions Ltd.
“The Greenwich Comedy Conference provided a unique opportunity for those involved in developing, presenting and marketing comedy to new and existing audiences to share and build ideas to succeed. The whole day was engaging, inspiring and exciting and should send all delegates away with a list of things they can and should be doing. I trust everyone else found the day as informative as I did.”
David Atkinson – Owner and Founder, Marketing Agency Space
“Having attended many music conferences over the years such as SXSW, Midem,CMJ, In The City, Great Escape etc I know how useful they are. The comedy industry is in an exciting period that will see it continue to develop and diversify on a local level whilst increasingly linking up internationally. Initiatives like Comedy International are exactly what it needs to support this change and growth.”
Bob Slayer – Director, WhatComedy.com
“The conference was perfect to establish a contact platform for especially for the European comedy stage and hopefully to come also as and worldwide network. We have made a great deal of new contacts and enjoyed the debates. There is no doubt that this conference will grow in the future and help comedy to travel and network to blossom. “
Jesper Holger – CEO, Immergut/ZULU Comedy Festival
“Stationed in a far-flung outpost of the growing International Comedy circuit it was a great confidence booster to be able to get a sense of where the UK industry is heading from those directly involved as well as finally meet some of the people who are normally only a name on the bottom of an email or a voice on the end of the phone.”
Guy Stevens – Owner, Promoter/ Producer, Funny Laundry / Jackanapes Productions GmbH
“Thank you so much for hosting the most enjoyable, informative and productive conference I’ve attended. I met some cracking contacts and learnt a great deal too. Roll on Comedy International Conference 2011!!”
Joe O’Malley – Project Manager, EFM Management Ltd.
“The Comedy International Conference is a place where you need to be, to meet who you need to meet, while having a lot of fun. The best thing is that everybody speaks their mind with an open view of the opinion of the others.
It’s a great event for a young professional like me to get inspired by the promoters / venue representatives / pioneers and managers who are at the top of the business!”
Karel-Oscar van Hengel – Booker at Agents After All Theater / News of Comedy
“A Tremendous opportunity to catch up with the industry and be informed of current trends.
And a Bloody good day out!”
Martin Witts – Owner, LIVE from Leicestersquare
“The attendance was very good, with a broad band of delegates from the industry, both within and without the UK. Each panel was interesting and all were fully attended, again the subjects being many and varied.
At the end of the day everyone seemed to have the same opinion as me, the Comedy International Conference had been a great idea, had worked superbly and is here to stay, we all look forward to next year. Congratulations all round!”
Carl A H Martin – Consultant/Sole Proprietor, cahm.uk
“Greenwich Comedy Festival is proud to be hosting the inaugural Comedy International Conference at the Old Royal Naval College. Similar events in other creative industries have proven to be extremely popular and a very useful way to build contacts, share expertise and develop the business side of entertainment, and it seems high time that comedy had an event of its own. Bringing together people from all over the international comedy industry, the first conference in Greenwich promises to be a great opportunity to discover new people and ideas in a beautiful setting.”
Cass Briggs – Organiser, Greenwich Comedy Festival