EP 42 – Jeremy Lee (JLA) – How To Crack The Corporate Comedy Circuit

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EP 42 – Jeremy Lee (JLA) – How To Crack The Corporate Comedy Circuit


Total run time: 1 hour 28 mins 19 secs.

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About Jeremy Lee…

Jeremy Lee is one of the co-founders of the corporate booking agency JLA. JLA are the biggest corporate booking company in the country dealing with over 2,500 gigs per year booking comedians, writers, performers and even ex-prime ministers.

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Corporate Gigs…

  • Why did he find JLA? [8 mins 40 secs]
  • What does JLA do? [11 mins 18 secs]
  • What’s the process of booking a corporate gig? [13 mins]
  • How do you break into corporate gigs? [14 mins 55 secs]
  • How to get started with corporate gigs? [19 mins]
  • How doe JLA deal with a comedian rejecting a gig? [38 mins]
  • We rarely get any feedback from the talent. [39 mins]
  • Ask him about ‘Haymarket rules’ for corporates! [1 hour 1 min 20 secs]
  • Are corporate gigs a boys club? [41 mins 30 secs]
  • Why isn’t more care taken in making sure the venue is set up for comedy? [1 hour 4 mins 10 secs] 
  • Does having a TV profile really help you out in the room (because they trust you) / get more corporate gigs? [28 mins 45 secs]
  • A lot of comedians think corporate bookings is selling out… what do you think of that? [59 mins 50 secs]

  • Will GompertzThink Like An Artist book 
    “Read this book and discover that all successful artists are entrepreneurs first and foremost.” 


  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [1 hour 12 mins]
  • Best show you’ve ever seen?
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 12 mins 10 secs]
  • What is the most interesting thing you do that nobody else ever seens? [1 hour 13 mins 10 secs]
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 14 mins 20 secs]
  • When you look back over your career, what memory makes you most happy?
  • What do you think is the biggest problem in the comedy industry and how would you go about solving it? [1 hour 16 mins 30 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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