Programme

The 8th Conference will take place on Wednesday, 4th October 2017 at the Pleasance Theatre in London. Delegate registration is now open.

Provisional Schedule:

As per previous years we plan to host a full day of panels, network opportunities and an evening programme.

09:00 – 18:00 Day time programme
09:00 Registration opens, coffee & tea available
10:00 Welcome words & First Panel
11:30 Short break
11:45 Second Panel
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Third Panel
15:15 Coffee / Tea break
15:45 Fourth Panel & Conclusion
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks Reception
18:00 – 19:30 Comedy International Dinner
20:00 – 22:00 Comedy International Showcase

Panel Topics 2017:

The Comedy International Conference presents 4 panels.
Key comedy industry figures will lead panel discussions on (provisional) topics covering:-

Opening panel – 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. Brexit will be on the agenda. Panellists to be announced.

Additional topics we are exploring:
Venues and more
Following on from last year’s panel – remember the hamster – we will look into the valuable role of venues in the Comedy business.
– How healthy is our industry?
From long, irregular hours, stress to dealing with mental health and the safety of ourselves, our teams and our audiences. (How) do we look after this in the Comedy Industry?
– Data, Marketing & Ticketing
What is new in the world of Ticketing & Marketing, how to target, reach and get the audience in.
Comedy and Tourism
Music Tourism is a hot topic, what do we know about Comedy Tourism? How do the two industries work together? We will be looking at cities, festivals, brands and individual events & artists.
– The relationship between Screen and Live
In previous years we discussed the impact of television on the live comedy industry. Is it time to explore this relationship further, how do the two compliment and cripple each other? How does tv comedy set expectations for live audiences, what happens with talent once they hit the screens? How has the distribution of television comedy opened new markets? How does online talent transfer into live shows?

Content is subject to change. The 2016 programme details can be found here

Panellists include cross-market specialist. Any updates on the panels will be announced here and in our newsletters. More information about the previous panel topics & events can be found in the archive section. As the conference is aimed at the Comedy industry, we value your opinion. If you may like to have input, please email us your thoughts.