EP45 – Adam Bloom – How to do (almost) everything from going full time to smashing corporate gigs

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Total run time: 1 hour 39 mins 22 secs.

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About Adam Bloom…

Adam Bloom has been performing stand up for 23 years. He’s sold out Edinburgh Fringe runs, he’s appeared on TV, he’s written for other comedians and is a regular on the corporate circuit. He’s done it all and in this podcast we attempt to get to the bottom of how you can do it all as well!

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Live Work…

  • How do you go about getting Corporate gigs? Should you have a specific strategy for doing them?
  • How did he progress from five min spots to jobbing comedian-was it just loads of gigs or did he also have a specific strategy? Also what are his views on being London based, or would he recommend a London comedian gigging regularly in other cities/towns?
    • You were the 2012 Nominee – Chortle Awards (Best Club Comic). Has that helped your career?
  • Do you have an agent? Have you ever? How did you find them?
  • How many gigs do you do in a year?
  • Can you make a living off the live circuit?
  • The different types of laughter [39 mins 50 secs]

Social Media…

  • His history with Twitter [58 secs]
  • You’re not on Facebook… is there a reason for this?
  • You joined twitter and said you never follow anyone. That’s changed but why do you prefer Twitter? Do you have an endgame / targets for social media?

Edinburgh Fringe…

  • Why is it so long since he’s done Edinburgh?
  • You once won the Punters Award award. How was that award judged and did it help your Edinburgh run / career beyond the Fringe? [21 mins 15 secs]
  • His thoughts on awards at Edinburgh. [22 mins 35 secs]
  • You sold out performances for a number of years, do you think it is easier / harder to do that now with more shows / competition? [7 mins 46 secs]
  • Why he hasn’t been to Edinburgh for so long? [11 mins 20 secs]
  • Is there a reason why you have no recordings of your shows? [25 mins 56 secs]
  • His thoughts on Go Faster Stripe [25 mins 56 secs]
  • What’s the most interesting change in Edinburgh you’ve seen since you first went up and today? [13 mins 20 secs]
  1. Brendon Burns
  2. Frank Turner

TV…

  • He missed his chance on TV, does he regret that?
  • Do you enjoy doing TV work? [1 hour 12 mins 20 secs]
    • What’s the best and worst show you’ve ever been on?
  • What should would you have liked to go on that you’ve never got the chance and why? [1 hour 15 mins 40 secs]

Corporate Gigs…

  • How do you go about getting corporate gigs? [43 mins 10 secs]
  • What was it like cracking the corporate circuit? [1 hour 2 mins 05  secs]
  • What’s the worst / best experience of gigging at corporates? [48 mins]
  • A lot of comedians say that money is the main incentive to corporate gigs, is this yours? What else do you get out of it?

Final questions…

  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [1 hour 20 mins 15 secs]
  1. Comedy writing secrets
  2. Save the cat
  • Best show you’ve ever seen? [1 hour 17 mins 53 secs]
  1. Alan Partridge
  2. Sean Lock
  3. Daniel Kitson
  4. Louis CK
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 22 mins 10 secs]
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 25 mins 05 secs]
  1. Simon Caine
  2. Otis Calani
  3. Roger Monkhouse
  • When you look back over your career, what memory makes you most happy? [1 hour 27 mins 39 secs]
  • What do you think is the biggest problem in the comedy industry and how would you go about solving it? [1 hour 29 mins 30 secs]
  • If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it? [1 hour 30 mins 25 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? [1 hour 31 mins 30 secs]
    • Best bit of advice you would give a comedian who wants to make a career in comedy?
  • What was the biggest thing you learnt last year? [1 hour 31 mins 05 secs]
    • Do you have a quote / mantra in life and if so, what is it? And why?
  • If you could go back to give yourself one bit of advice before your first gig… what would it be? [1 hour 33 mins 20 secs]

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