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About Mark Tughan…
Mark Tughan (@marktughan) opened the first Glee Comedy Club (@thegleeclub) over 20 years ago having just left his job as a city banker. He fell in love with comedy and put his money where his mouth is to become part of the industry. Today the Glee has 4 venues across the UK and continues to be (as he puts it) one of the elite “credible” comedy clubs outside of the London.
Is it a conflict of interest having an agent (Off The Kerb) book your club? [24 mins 41 secs]
Does he think there’s enough clubs for comedians to make a living purely from live performing? [27 mins 07 secs]
Who is more important, the comedian or the audience? [37 mins 55 secs]
How do you pick which city to expand into?
His legal issue with the TV show “Glee”. [54 mins]
Birmingham’s Glee Club has won Chortle Comedy Awards, “Best Venue” award and Best Comedy Show for its new Thursday night show, Comedy Carousel. How did you find this impacted business if at all?
At the Chortle Conf in 2012 Brendon Burns said that the Glee club used to have a reputation for “lovely organisers but shit audiences” and you changed that by talking to the comedians. Do you still do that? Do you think more clubs should? [43 mins]
What’s their relationship with social media? [48 mins 42 secs]
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?
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 3 mins 58 secs]
What are the common misconceptions people have about what you do? [1 hour 5 mins]
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 4 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 5 mins]