EP115 – Binty from Hot Water Comedy in Liverpool.

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EP115 – Binty from Hot Water Comedy in Liverpool.


Total run time: 1 hour 27 mins 16 secs.

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About this episode…

Binty Blair (@TheBinty) is the co-owner and founder of Hot Water Comedy club (@HWCCLiverpool) in Liverpool. Along with his brother Paul (who is not in the podcast) they started the club back in 2010. Since then it has opened new venues and developed a reputation nationally as one of the best places to gig and one of the best places to watch comedy.

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Hot Water Comedy…

  • What was the Liverpool scene like when you started? [0 mins]
  • Did you think a comedy club could work at the time if there were none? [0 mins]
  • What’s your relationship like with other clubs nearby? [0 mins]
  • In your House Rules you have a “nice word” to stag parties, do you find many come to your club? [10 mins]
  • Do you think the Liverpool circuit is in crisis? [35 mins]
  • Does being a TV name help bring people in for your club? [35 mins]
  • What value do you put in awards? [35 mins]
  • Do you put much stock in competition credits and if so which are important to you? [35 mins]
  • What does the career ladder look like at Hot Water? [40 mins]
  • What drives you?  [40 mins]
  • Who are your biggest competitors and why? [50 mins]
  • What do you think of quotas? Has this ever been a factor in your booking? [45 mins]

Social media…

  • In an interesting move you have a YouTube channel where you upload videos of acts, why did you decide to do that? [18 mins]
  • You’ve got very solid branding and the look and feel of your facebook and twitter all feels in sync. How much time / effort do you put into it. [18 mins]

Everything else…

  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [57 mins]
  • What are the common misconceptions people have about what you do? [1 hour]







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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