Panel 1 – Comparing the Market
Our annual catch-up with international Comedy developments, including new regions, successful cooperation, discussing cultural barriers; the international audience, growth opportunities, reviewing developments in talent exchange. Not only are UK based acts penetrating countries and audiences previously thought unable to be entertained by English language shows, local Comedy scenes are developing and this multilingual talent is finding their way to audiences worldwide. The discussion is open; we welcome success stories and bold plans from the panel as well as from the creative entrepreneurs in the room.
Carl A H Martin (chair), cahm.uk
Chi Ton, The Comedy Box (Norway)
Éric Vandepoorter, ABS (France / UK)
Louis Zezeran, Comedy Estonia (Estonia)
Panel 2 – The Finer Print.
Following on from last year’s panel we will be discussing venue management, common practice front and back of house, riders, contracts & insurance and the latest practical developments in international touring. We are bringing in the experts to continue on the other side of the paperwork; the insurer, contract expert and the venues, to find out more on how we can work together in avoiding incidents and learn from their expertise.
Topics on the table can range from accessibility, both for talent & audience, front of house variables, such as timings, queuing and methods of serving food & drink, seating (or even standing) arrangements, late-comers, audience interaction / behaviour, etc.
We are interested to look into venue policy in relation to artist contract /riders. Due diligence, responsibility and practice in case of incidents, accidents, cancellations or changes.
Alex Rochford (Chair), The Producers UK
Andy Rudge, Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd
Eddy Grant, Capita
Simon Barfoot, Soho Theatre
Ria Lina, Equity Comedy Network Representative
Ian Congdon, NEC Group Arenas
Panel 3 – Show me the money?
Reviewing current commercial opportunities versus long-term development strategies. A panel to compare traditional “live” income, with relatively new online opportunities such as crowd funding and online AV streaming income. With Netflix and Spotify showing renewed interest in live Comedy we will be looking at the value of this for the Comedy market. Does this represent a direct monetary value or should we focus on the added values, increasing online profile, data collection (who manages these data?). Our more traditional panelists have retreated, so we will be boldly looking to the future and discuss opportunities for worldwide distribution of content and talent.
Andy Townsend (Chair), The Galton Agency
Sarah Henley, NextUp Comedy
Stuart Laws, Turtle Canyon Comedy
Samuel Barlow, Openstageit Ltd
Panel 4 – Talent Scouting & Development.
Talent scouting in Comedy Clubs and through competitions is just one way of spotting talent. How are online profiles affecting the process of breaking an act. How does talent transfer between different mediums and how to deal with this as an agent or manager? What role does the online profile play in the decision of the booker and how has this changed? Does a strong online profile result into ticket sales, bringing in new live audiences and increasing the geographical market?
Mark Boosey (Chair), The British Comedy Guide
Corrie McGuire, ROAR Comedy/ROAR Global
Hannah Chambers, Chambers Management Ltd
Brett Vincent, GetComedy Ltd
Lynne Parker, Funny Women Ltd
At request of the delegates we continued to keep the doors closed for media. Media were welcome to attend and participate in the discussions, but we asked them not to report on what was said in order to enable attendees to speak freely. Though we would like to share information, we feel a lot of the content discussed is more valuable within the context of the day and we would encourage Comedy professionals to attend and participate in person. The photo gallery can viewed here.
Please find the delegates’ lists for 2016 below.
|First Name||Last Name||Company||Country||Category|
|Isabelle||Adam||Comedy Club 4 Kids||UK||Promoter|
|Carolina||Arriaga||Montreux Comedy Festival / Jokenation||FR||Producer|
|Samuel||Barlow||Openstageit Ltd||UK||Service / Support|
|James||Barnett||Openstageit Ltd||UK||Service / Support|
|Tom||Bertels||Live Comedy Belgium||BE||Promoter|
|Joshua||Boland-Burrell||The Nursery Theatre||UK||Venue|
|Mark||Boosey||British Comedy Guide||UK||Media|
|Bentley||Browning||Cute Cat Productions||UK||Manager|
|Ami||Cash||Lisa Richards UK||UK||Agent|
|Michael||Clapham||Perfect Strangers Comedy||UK||Promoter|
|Ian||Congdon||NEC Group Arenas||UK||Venue|
|Wouter||de Wilde||Greenhouse Talent||NL||Promoter|
|Ian||Dulson||YPlan||UK||Service / Support|
|Jill||Edwards||Comedy Workshops & Comic Boom Comedy Club||UK||Promoter|
|Laura||Elliot||Warwick Arts Centre||UK||Venue|
|Megan||Evans||Deer Shed Festival||UK||Festival|
|Emily||Gough||EMX Management||UK||Manager / Agent|
|Ed||Grossman||Brackman Chopra LLP||UK||Other|
|Alex||Hall||The Galton Agency Ltd||UK||Agent|
|Nick||Handford||Mick Perrin Worldwide||UK||Promoter/Manager|
|Holly||Hyams||Mick Perrin Worldwide||UK||Promoter|
|Gaby||Jerrard||Gaby Jerrard PR||UK||PR|
|George||Johnson||Chambers Touring Ltd||UK||Promoter|
|Nathalie||Laurent-Marke||Mick Perrin Worldwide||UK||Manager|
|Stuart||Laws||Turtle Canyon Comedy||UK||Producer|
|Hannah||Layton||Hannah Layton Management||UK||Agent|
|James||Lee||TicketLine Network||UK||Service / Support|
|Kate||Lennon||Funny Women Ltd||UK||Producer|
|Dag||Lindsholm||A Comic Soul||NO||Promoter|
|Merel||Mathey||Comedy Cafe BV||NL||Venue|
|Luke||Molloy||Pickle Boy Comedy||UK||Promoter|
|Ellen||Morgan||Royal Albert Hall||UK||Venue|
|Vicky||Morris||Sue Terry Voices Ltd||UK||Agent|
|Hannah||Oldman||Old Man Management Ltd||UK||Agent|
|Christelle||Pare||École nationale de l’humour||CA||Researcher|
|Lynne||Parker||Funny Women Ltd||UK||Producer|
|Mary||Pelling||The Comedy Bar||UK||Venue|
|Sara-Jane||Power||Royal Albert Hall||UK||Venue|
|Alex||Rochford||The Producers UK||UK||Producer / Venue|
|Andy||Rudge||Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd||UK||Other|
|Berang||Sharokni||A Comic Soul||NO||Promoter|
|Michelle||Singer||Kosher Bacon Management Ltd||UK||Manager|
|Becky||Singh||Freelance||UK||Producer / Director|
|Joe||Splain||Academy Music Group||UK||Venue|
|Nick||Steel||Bath Comedy Festival||UK||Festival|
|Chi||Ton||The Comedy Box Norway||NO||Producer|
|Jessica||Toomey||Frog and Bucket comedy club||UK||Venue|
|Andy||Townsend||The Galton Agency Ltd||UK||Agent|
|Erik||Uppstrøm||A Comic Soul||NO||Promoter|
|Éric||Vandepoorter||Alexine Business Solutions Ltd||UK/FR||Consultant|
|Marion||Vivien||VIV Design And Print Limited||UK||Other|
|Ellen||Waghorn||The Comedy Bar||UK||Producer|
|Ruth||Weston||NEC Group Arenas||UK||Venue|
|Geoffrey||Whiting||Mirth Control Comedy||UK||Agent|
|Joshua||Wildenberg||Caustic Comedy Events||NL||Producer|
We would like to thank everybody who made this seventh edition possible:
All comics, delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers, plus Isabelle Adam, Sarah Aitken, Ben Allingham, Anjlee Bakrania, Simon Barfoot, Samuel Barlow, Joshua Boland- Burrell, Mark Boosey, Charlie Briggs, Jack the Cat, Hannah Chambers, Iain Clifton, Tom Clutterbuck, Ian Congdon, Annie & Joe Day, Michiel Fransen, Jim Frayling, Emily Gough, Eddy Grant, Martyne Green, Nick Handford, Sarah Henley, Richard Herring, Luke Hinton, Martin Hopewell, Hils Jago, Gaby Jerrard, Ben Langley, Stuart Laws, James Lee, Ria
Lina, Eric Looge, Carl AH Martin, Corrie McGuire, Christine McKinnon, Elisa Nucida, Philip O’Brien, Lynne Parker, Mick Perrin, Katharina Petz, JP van de Plasse, Alex Rochford, Andy Rudge, Marie Sabatier, Nick Saich, Jacob Schuhle-Lewis, Becky Singh, Asa Taulbut, Ryan Taylor, Okan Tombulca, Chi Ton, Andy Townsend, Éric Vandepoorter, Brett Vincent, Marijn van der Waa, Tina Waters, James West, Steve & Lily Zapp, Louis Zezeran, friends, family, all staff at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre and the many other people who helped to realize this event in many different ways.
Thank you all!
We look forward to seeing you all again in October 2017.
The Comedy International Conference & Showcase is produced by Sytske Kamstra BySytske Ltd