Programme 2016

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

Report 2016

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.

Partners 2016

Associate Partner
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Ticketing Partner

Hornsey Town Hall
Music Venue Trust
EMX Management
The Tour Company
The Event Safety Alliance
West Creative
The Production Service Association (PSA)

Delegates 2016

Please find the delegates’ lists for 2016 below.

First Name Last Name Company Country Category
Isabelle Adam Comedy Club 4 Kids UK Promoter
Paulius Ambrazevičius Juoko kalvė LT Promoter
Carolina Arriaga Montreux Comedy Festival / Jokenation FR Producer
Simon Barfoot Soho Theatre UK Venue
Samuel Barlow Openstageit Ltd UK Service / Support
James Barnett Openstageit Ltd UK Service / Support
Dan Berg NextUp Comedy UK Media
Bren Berry Aiken Promotions IE Promoter
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
Hannah Chambers Chambers Management UK Agent
Michael Clapham Perfect Strangers Comedy UK Promoter
Ian Congdon NEC Group Arenas UK Venue
Wouter de Wilde Greenhouse Talent NL Promoter
Georgie Donnelly Kilimanjaro live UK Producer
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
Sophie Evans Standon Calling UK Festival
Niall Forde Islington Council UK Other
Emily Gough EMX Management UK Manager / Agent
Eddy Grant Capita UK Consultant
Helen Green Bradford Theatres UK Venue
Ed Grossman Brackman Chopra LLP UK Other
Alex Hall The Galton Agency Ltd UK Agent
Nick Handford Mick Perrin Worldwide UK Promoter/Manager
Sarah Henley NextUp Comedy UK Media
Luke Hinton JuiceBox Live UK Promoter
Tom Hopewell BEA UK Agent
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
Ria Lina Equity UK Other
Dag Lindsholm A Comic Soul NO Promoter
Ami Lord Standon Calling UK Festival
Hilary MacDonald AECC Ltd UK Venue
Anna Mackenzie AECC Ltd UK Venue
Atif Malik Troxy UK Venue
Carl AH Martin cahm.uk UK Consultant
Merel Mathey Comedy Cafe BV NL Venue
Corrie McGuire ROAR Comedy UK Agent
Luke Molloy Pickle Boy Comedy UK Promoter
Ellen Morgan Royal Albert Hall UK Venue
Vicky Morris Sue Terry Voices Ltd UK Agent
Samuel Nunn RBM UK Agent
Philip O’Brien Freelance UK Production
Lee O’Hanlon tinyCOW UK Promoter
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
Sam Perl Gracia Live BE Promoter
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
Guy Stevens Jackanapes GmbH CH Promoter
Jurgen Strack Giving World UK Manager
Zoe Swindells The O2 UK Venue
John Talbot Ticketmaster UK Other
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
Alex Trenchard Standon Calling UK Festival
Erik Uppstrøm A Comic Soul NO Promoter
Éric Vandepoorter Alexine Business Solutions Ltd UK/FR Consultant
Brett Vincent GetComedy Ltd UK Producer
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
Steve Zapp ITB UK Agent
Louis Zezeran Comedy Estonia EE Promoter

Thanks 2016

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