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About this episode…
Jo Caulfield (@Jo_Caulfield) is a comedian, writer and blogger who started her career as the writer for Graham Norton while running her open mic night between waitressing shifts. I got her on to talk about developing a relationship with your audience, what she likes and hates about TV panel shows, her relationship with the Edinburgh Fringe and more.
The value of having social media during Edinburgh. [0 mins]
The difference between writing for a club set vs an Edinburgh show. [13 mins]
Does TV make a different to your profile? [20 mins]
Her thoughts on gendered awards [29 mins]
Do you think you’ve ever benefitted or been held back by quotas? [29 mins]
How does she deal with Twitter haters / feedback? [22 mins]
What awards bring people into your show? [30 mins]
Do you want to be more famous? [1 hour]
I heard you started by saving up tips to start your own comedy club, had you been to one at this point or helped run a night? [1 hour 20 mins]
Why two years? What made you think that was the right amount of time to make it? [1 hour 25 mins]
I heard you started writing for Graham Norton, how did that come about and did you ever feel underprepared to write for someone who was much more famous than you? [1 hour 28 mins]
You’ve written for a lot of people, how did you first get the trust of someone so they know you can write in their voice? [1 hour]
Have you ever had anyone write for you? [1 hour 10 mins]
How do you gain the trust of people you write for? [1 hour 13 mins]
Do you like panel shows? [50 mins]
Do you think they’re fairly edited? [1 hour]
Are there any you wouldn’t do / wouldn’t do again? [1 hour]
Do you prefer performing stand up on TV? [55 mins]
A lot of comedians call themselves comedians but they make more money from voiceover work or writing that live performing, so they’d self identify as a comedian but their income would define them another way, how close is your self identity to your actual income identity? [1 hour 30 mins]
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 32 mins]
What are the common misconceptions people have about what you do?
What is the most interesting thing you do that nobody else ever seens?
Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 35 mins]
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 35 mins]
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn as a comedian? [1 hour 36 mins]