EP44 – Joe Charman aka The Skills Guy – How to build your online fan base.

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EP44 – Joe Charman aka The Skills Guy – How to build your online fan base.

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Total run time: 2 hour 25 mins 19 secs.

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About Joe Charman…

Joe Charman found fame on Vine with his short jokes and “skills” videos which have led to him becoming an internet sensation. We talk about the highs and lows of going viral, dealing with haters, what it’s like getting spotted in the street and how you can create your own fan base using the internet.

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Live Offline Work…


  • Do you ever gig anymore? [1 mins 36 secs]
  1. The Freedom Fridge.
  2. Rufus and Howard
  3. Celia Paqualia
  4. Romesh Ranganathan
  • Will you ever go back to live stand up? [28 mins 46 secs]


Live Offline Work…


  • Why did you join Vine? [1 mins 36 secs]
  1. Lenny Sherman
  2. Ben Adams
  3. Dapper Laughs
  4. Kevin Hart
  • How did you get so big on Vine? [1 mins 36 secs]
  • Do you think you could become a novelty act or slip away into obscurity online? [24 mins 07 secs]
  • Anxiety around constantly having to create content. [30 mins 48 secs]
  • His thoughts on missing the anonymity now that he’s famous? [30 mins 48 secs]
  1. Baconface
  2. Stuart Lee
  • At what point did you feel like you were making an audience and not just throwing stuff online? [35 mins 36 secs]
  • What was it like being Dapper Laughs tour support? [37 mins 01 secs]
  • What milestones help your career on there? [30 mins 48 secs]
  • How did you find your niche online?[47 mins 26 secs]
  • Can you make money online being a viner? [54 mins 06 secs]
  1. Hugh Samuel.
  2. Lionsgate Filth Film
  • Do you think it’s “selling out” doing corporate work? [54 mins 06 secs] [1 hour 28 mins 47 secs]
  • Do you think selling corporate work will impact your career when you go back to stand up? [1 hour 35 mins 49 secs]
  1. Ben Adams
  2. Philip Simon
  3. Bobby Freeman
  • How many views do you get in an average week? [1 hour 37 mins 21 secs]
  • Can you make enough money from adverts alone? [1 hour 40 mins 52 secs]


  • At what point in your life did you know you had those skills? [50 mins 36 secs]
  • How many takes does each vine take? [50 mins 36 secs]
  • How do you make money online? [56 mins 37 secs]
  • How did you connect with your audience and start to build loyality? [1 hour 26 mins 47 secs]
  • How did he get 250,000 new Likes in 4 days. [1 hour 28 mins 47 secs]
  • How does it feel to be a meme? [1 hour 56 mins 48 secs]
  • Would you ever do a “Joe Charman” meet up? [2 hour 04 mins 02 secs]
  • Do you ever get recognized ? [2 hour 06 mins 10 secs]
  1. Russell Howard

Live stand up tour with Dapper Laughs…

  • How did you get the job as the support act for the Dapper Laughs tour? [1 hour 51 mins 53 secs]
  • The tour felt more like a meet up than a gig. Was that intentional? [2 hour 00 mins 17 secs]



  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [2 hour 08 mins 56 secs]
  1. How To Make A Living By Working For Free


  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [2 hour 12 mins 10 secs]
  • What is the most interesting thing you do that nobody else ever seens? [2 hour 15 mins 11 secs]
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [2 hour 16 mins 40 secs]
  1. Ben Charman


  • What do you think is the biggest problem in the comedy industry and how would you go about solving it? [2 hour 18 mins 04 secs]
  • If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it? [2 hour 20 mins 16 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? [2 hour 20 mins 16 secs]
  • Best bit of advice you would give a comedian who wants to build their own audience online? [2 hour 21 mins 54 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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