EP 18 – Jill Edwards – Comic Boom promoter and comedy tutor

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EP 18 – Jill Edwards – Comic Boom promoter and comedy tutor


Total run time: 2 hour 18 mins 01 secs.

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About Jill Edwards…

Jill Edwards runs Comic Boom comedy club, and her stand-up comedy course, which was the first in the UK, at the Komedia in Brighton. She’s been in the industry for 20 years and has taught a lot of big names including Jimmy Carr and Romesh Ranganathan. You can find out more about what she does on her website.

Here are a list of the questions we covered. 

Comedy Courses

  • Can comedy / being funny be taught? [23 mins 40 secs]
  1. John Kearns
  • How can people who are not in the industry avoid courses which might not be right for them or even be a scam? [57 mins 34 secs]
  • I saw you on the BBC talking about how in the room it’s about your connection with the audience and not how funny the material is… can you explain more? Is this just your way of saying play the room? [33 mins 30 secs]
  1. BBC Comic Relief Video
  • You said on comic relief that swearing has twice the power on stage than it does offstage, can you elaborate on that? [50 mins 16 secs]
  1. BBC Swearing video
  • What is the comedian career path in your opinion? [59 mins 26 secs]
  • What does a “brilliant comedian” look like? [1 hour 1 mins 29 secs]

Show Structure

  • To you, what makes the difference between an hour of jokes and a show. [1 hour 2 mins 40 secs]
  • Do you think show structure is important outside of Fringe festivals? [1 hour 21 mins 26 secs]
  • How do you think a good show in structured, like the skellington of it. [1 hour 5 mins 05 secs]
  1. 10 Films with my Dad by Aidan Goatley
  2. Watch my 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Show
  • What key moments / elements should a comedy show try to include to give it a strong narrative ? [1 hour 21 mins 26 secs]
  • How to stand out at the Edinburgh Fringe [1 hour 24 mins 14 secs]
  1. Nick Helm
  • The science behind the show title [1 hour 56 mins 59 secs]
  1. Copstick’s podcast.

Private sessions

  • Your one-on-one sessions, which are for anyone at any level. If you want to move up and continue progressing in the industry do your sessions point you in the right direction of where your comedy might be marketable? [Throughout the pod]

Everything else

  • Why you shouldn’t be a promoter [6 mins 14 secs]
  1. The comic boom booking policy.
  2. The Comedy Collective.
  • What you need to be a professional comedian [21 mins 44 secs]
  1. Aidan Goatley
  • Why she books 1 women on every comic boom show and her thoughts on women in comedy [1 hour 28 mins]
  1. Bec Hill’s answer.
  • Favourite comedians? [52 mins 38 secs]
  1. Chris Sav
  2. Evelyn Mok
  3. Barry Ferns
  4. Angela Barnes
  5. Romesh Ranganathan
  6. Masud Milas
  7. Harriet Kemsley
  8. Sam Savage
  • How to find out what a comedy club booker is looking for [49 mins 33 secs]
  • Advice on getting gigs [1 hour 49 minutes 47 seconds]
  1. Geoff Whiting Podcast
  2. Indie Guide To An Edinburgh Fringe Show.
  3. The Comedy Club Map
  4. The Comedy Collective
  • Is the circuit a meritocracy? And is it in Edinburgh? [1 hour 53 mins 54 secs]
  • How to set up a good comedy night? [2 hour 11 mins 11 secs]
  1. Hils Jago podcast
  • Advice for people starting out, 2 years in and before your first show. [2 hour 15 mins 59 secs]


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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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