EP33 – Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower from the Camden Fringe

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EP33 – Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower from the Camden Fringe



Total run time: 1 hour 33 mins 08 secs.

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About the guests…

Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower founded the Camden Fringe (@CamdenFringe) in 2006 as an alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe. 

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Camden Comedy Festival…

  • Why did you start it in Camden? [ 27 mins ]
  • Has the gentrification of Camden made a difference to the Fringe? [39 mins 51 secs]
  • Is it set up as a London-based alternative to Edinburgh? Do you think Edinburgh is pricing certain acts out? Do you think it’s cheaper to do a gig in London for an act not from London rather than Edinburgh? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • Does having an alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe during the same time affect the type of audiences you get? [2 mins 20 secs]
  • Why do you not do a Free Fringe? [6 mins 32 secs]
  • Do you think the free model works in London? [6 mins 32 secs]
  • What type of shows does the Camden Fringe attract? And if you have an hour what point in the life cycle of a show should you look at doing the Camden Fringe? [9 mins 50 secs]
  • How much support do you give performers with marketing. [12 mins 55 secs]
  • Which publications do you work with / would you recommend people contacting? [18 mins 12 secs]
  • How involved are you with the application process? [22mins 30 secs]
  • What are the most underused features / facilities you offer? [40 mins 22 secs]
  • What is the most common mistake made my someone applying to take part in the Fringe for the first time? [24 mins 26 secs]
  • What is the link between the Camden Fringe and the Manchester Fringe? [37 mins 50 secs]
  • The Camden Fringe’s relationship with the World Fringe Alliance. [38 mins 28 secs]
  • What is the thing that you do which nobody ever gets to see that you wish they did? [45 mins]
  • [51 mins 26 secs]




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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