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About JD Henshaw…
John-David (or JD as he prefers to be called) is the founder and artistic director at the Sweet Venues (@sweetvenues) that currently operate largely at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe. But in addition to that he runs a lot of other literary festivals as well as a horror festival. The Sweets recent move into taking on more comedy shows than ever marks an interesting development for them and the Fringe in general. I got him on to talk about why now, and what the future holds for Sweet Venues.
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Here’s a list of questions we covered…
- Why did you start the Sweet Venues? [0mins 0 secs]
- How does he program the Fringe? [13 mins 22 secs]
- What do you think makes you different? [18 mins 10 secs]
- In my eyes and correct me if I am wrong, you sit somewhere between the Big 4 and the Free Fringe. Or do you see yourself differently? [18 mins 10 secs]
- What do you look for in a show? [20 mins 40 secs]
- What made you pick a hotel as a venue? [21 mins 30 secs]
- How many comedy shows do you program? [38 mins]
- Do you find promoting comedy hard given your historical roots in theatre? [44 mins 38 secs]
- When we email in to apply for a slot, should we assume we will not get an offer? What’s the process like at your end? [54 mins]
- How does he scout for shows? [1 hour 02 mins 53 secs]
- Why doesn’t he do Free Fringe? [1 hour 10 mins]
- What has changed since he started doing PYWY? [1 hour 10 mins]
Brighton Fringe and other festivals…
- What’s their relationship with the Brighton Fringe? [1 hour 02 mins 53 secs]
- What is the “Writers Festival”? [1 hour 02 mins 53 secs]
- Why did he start the Women’s / Men’s Festivals? [1 hour 02 mins 53 secs]
- Why did he start the Horror Festival? [1 hour 08 mins 00 secs]
- What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [1 hour 12 mins]
- Best show you’ve ever seen? [1 hour 12 mins]
- What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 12 mins]
- Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 15 mins 30 secs]
- Thomas Ford
- What do you think is the biggest problem at the Edinburgh Fringe and how would you go about solving it? [1 hour 15 mins 30 secs]
- Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? [1 hour 18 mins]
- Best bit of advice you would give a comedian who wants to make the most of their Edinburgh Fringe experience? [1 hour 18 mins]