EP 12 – Bob Slayer – Why He Hates Comedy But Loves The Fringe…

Total run time: 1 hour 42 mins 26 secs.


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About The Bob Slayer…

Bob Slayer is a comedian and promoter who runs Bob and Miss Behaves Bookshop during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His model of “pay what you want” sits somewhere between “free fringe” and “paid venues”. He used to manage bands and has a great “DIY Attitude” about his work.

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Here are a list of the questions we covered.


Heroes: Grotto of Comedy

  • How does the booking policy work for the Grotto? [1 hour 8 mins 39 secs]
  • Is it the same model as Edinburgh where you’ve rented a spare space and put pop up shows in it? [1 hour 8 mins 5 secs]


Bob’s bookshop

  • How would you define your model? [7 min 30 secs]
  • What are the advantages / disadvantages of your model? [7 min 30 secs]
  • What is the end goal for Heroes? What’s your “role” at the Fringe? [11  mins 59 secs]
  • What are the advantages / disadvantages of the paid venues vs yours? [11 mins 59 secs]
  • What is the role of “Heroes” at the Fringe? [11 mins 40 secs]
  • How much does a show on Heroes cost? [23 mins 37 secs]
  • What is the criteria / selection / vetting process to getting a show with Heroes?  [30 mins 21 secs]
  • What do you look out for in an application? [36 mins 17 secs]
  • If someone hasn’t heard back from you, should they email in or leave it? Is it annoying when an act emails in a lot? [55 mins 59 secs]
  • What do you think of PR / marketing at the Fringe? [38  mins 9 secs]
  • You run two venues, any plans for more? [11  mins 59 secs]
  • What shows do you enjoy watching? [56 mins 9 secs]
  • Jeff Leach
  • Louis Shaffer
  • Phil Kay
  • Johnny Vegas
  • Paul Foot
  • Paul Curry
  • Tim Renkow
  • If I wanted to get you to come down and watch a show, what’s the best way of doing that? [ 1 hour 4 mins 19 secs]
  • As a previous Malcolm Hardee winner, what kind of stunts / PR / marketing do you think works at the Fringe? [1 hour 5 mins 27 secs]
  • What are your thoughts on Edinburgh awards? Would you ever do a “heroes” award? [1 hour 5 mins 27 secs]

Gigging / audience building

  • You’ve managed internet celebrities like Devvo, Fat-Pie.com and Salad Fingers. with the rise of social media, do you think it’s worth people investing time into building their own audience? What do you think of sharing free content online? Do you take this into account when you’re booking Heroes? (ie peoples profile) [1 hour 10 mins 4 secs]

Heroes books –

Phil Kay – The Wholly Viable

Bob Slayer – The Happy Drunk

Tour Manager…

  • Why didn’t you want to continue managing live music acts? [1 hour 6 mins 29 secs]
  • Have you ever thought of managing comedians? [1 hour 6 mins  29 secs]


Head of marketing – Jongluers. [39 mins 30 secs]

  • What was Jongluers booking policy? [45 mins 39 secs]
    • Martin Sohan
    • Crap Comedy (Osla Sketch)
  • How did you get into it? [46 mins 54 secs]


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