EP99 – John Gordillo – Do comedians need a director?

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EP99 – John Gordillo – Do comedians need a director?


Total run time: 1 hour 15 mins 57 secs.

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About John Gordillo…

John Gordillo (@johngordillo) is an award-winning script editor/director who has worked with Eddie Izzard, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Shappi Khorsandi, Dara Ó Briain, Paul Chowdhry, Michael Mcintyre, Mark Steel and Reginald D Hunter.

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Directing Comedy…

  • What makes a great director? [0 mins]
  • What does a director do with a director? [3 mins]
  • What does a director do? [10 mins]
  • Why would a comedian need a director? [12 mins]
    • What doesn’t a good director do?
    • Do comedians need a director?
  • Bad advice from comedy courses? [15 mins]
  • Exploring ideas should go deeper into them rather than stopping when you get a laugh. [19 mins]
  • When should someone come and see a director? [22 mins]
  • How do you direct someone without taking over their idea? [23 mins]
  • Do you ever feel responsible for how well the show goes? [25 mins]
  • What styles can’t you direct? [25 mins]
  • Does the venue size have an impact on his directing? [27 mins]
  • What are the big misconceptions that people have about directors and directing? [31 mins]
  • How to “swim around in an idea” and how audiences need to feel like you’re not trying to be funny. [48 mins]
  • Why is every show a story even if you haven’t written a narrative. [53 mins]
  • Do you ever get envious of high profile acts you work with being more famous? [57 mins]
  • How would you advise people go about finding and working with a director? [1 hour 16 mins]







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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