EP96 – Ben Verth and John Millar – Monkey Barrel Comedy – #BarrellBoys

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EP96 – Ben Verth and John Millar – Monkey Barrel Comedy – #BarrellBoys


Total run time: 1 hour 22 mins 03 secs.

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About the Monkey Barrel…

Ben Verth (@benverth) and John Millar (@JohnMillarComic) are two of the four Barrel boys who founded Monkey Barrel comedy (@barrelcomedy) club. This amazing purpose built venue rose from the ashes of Ben’s first club in the Grassmarket known as the Beehive and we get into the future of Scottish comedy, the Edinburgh Fringe and why they were so secretive about the new venture.

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The Monkey Barrel Comedy Club…

  • Who are you all? [0 mins]
  • How did you start the club? [1 mins]
  • The history of the Scottish Comedy Festival. [5 mins]
  • What impact do awards actually have on clubs and audience numbers in Scotland? [9 mins]
  • Talk about the future of the Edinburgh Fringe and the set up of the venues. [10 mins]
  • What’s the connection between having an award and being an established club? [22 mins]
  • Does being nominated or winning an award really help anything? [25 mins]
  • The slow pace of development for Scottish acts and their opinion on it. [30 mins]
  • What they’ve learned from the London scene that they can use in Edinburgh. [42 mins]
  • What have they learned from the competitor clubs in Edinburgh? [45mins]
  • How hard was it to keep the venue a secret? [49 mins]
  • How do you not let your comedy tastes impact your booking policy, or do you?[55 mins]
  • How do you scout for acts? [56mins]
  • Why did you go straight to 7 nights a week when you opened? [1 hour 3 mins]
  • Why is it called Monkey Barrell? [1 hour 10 mins]

Everything else…

  • Who is the most underrated person in Scottish comedy?[1 hour 19 mins]
  • What’s the biggest problem with the Edinburgh Fringe? [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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