EP110 – John Robertson – You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room.

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EP110 – John Robertson – You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room.


Total run time: 1 hour 30 mins 51 secs.

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About this episode…

John Robertson (@Robbotron) is a comedian, writer and video game creator. We talked about what it was like starting out in Australia and moving to the UK. Touched on his early brushes with comedy competitions including Australia Got Talent where he faked a seizure. His live-action comedy video game The Dark Room started life as a YouTube video, then became a sleeper hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and is now a real video game for sale on Steam. We talked about moving the idea into different mediums, developing his persona and style as well as continuing to develop stand up shows while touring a video game.

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Before the Dark Room…

  • What was the Perth comedy circuit like when he started? [0 mins]
  • Advice on getting paid gigs [10 mins]
  • How long did it take him to get good? [12 mins]

The Dark Room…

  • Started out as YouTube Game that went viral in 2012. What was viral, what was your career like at that time? Had you done it live? [27 mins]
    • How long was it uploaded for before it went viral?
  • The backstory of the Dark Room. [29 mins]
  • Why he couldn’t monetize it. [33 mins]
  • How technology and people’s habits changing have helped and hurt the Dark and White Room? [36 mins]
  • Tips on going viral. [41 mins]
  • It took 10 years (2012) to bring it to the Edinburgh Fringe, was that how long it took for you to transfer it?
  • Were you ever worried about it not being classed as “comedy” as a lot of awards are geared towards straight stand up.
  • When did you know that it was a cult hit? [34 mins]
  • How did you transfer the YouTube series to stage? [41 mins]
  • How he build his comedy uniform for the Dark Room. [49 mins]
  • How effective is Edinburgh marketing? [1 hour 2 mins]
  • Why did you make the game? [1 hour 10 mins]

Everything else…

  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 20 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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