EP112 – Barry Katz – How an agent helps to build your comedy audience in the US.

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EP112 – Barry Katz – How an agent helps to build your comedy audience in the US.


Total run time: 1 hour 30 mins 51 secs.

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About this episode…

Barry Katz (@BarryKatz) is a talent manager who began work in Boston. After failing to become a comedian he started running clubs and representing household names including Dave Chappelle, Jay Mohr, Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes, Dane Cook, Whitney Cummings, and Louie CK.

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Talent Management…

  • How did you get started in comedy? [0 mins]
  • Why he moved to New York when he had a big network of gigs in New England? [16 mins]
  • How did you get started in talent management, who was your first client and how did you convince them to trust their career with you? [20 mins]
  • How has scouting for talent changed over his career? [30 mins]
  • How much face to face time do you have with your clients? I’m guessing you rep people who don’t live near you, so how do you handle a relationship like that? [31 mins]
  • The life cycle of a comedian. [40 mins]
  • Should comedian’s approach agents like you or wait for them to approach us? [42 mins]







Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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