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About Nica Burns…
Nica Burns OBE is a London theatre producer and co-owner with her business partner Max Weitzenhoffer of the Nimax Theatres group (@NimaxTheatres), comprising six West End theatres: the Palace, Lyric, Apollo, Garrick, Vaudeville and Duchess.
Burns moved to directing and producing, co-writing and performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where she has been director and producer of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards (formerly Perrier Awards) from 1984 to the present day.
Why did you start the award and does it still exist in the way it did when you started it? [0 mins]
Fringe changed your side of the award? [8 mins]
Do you think there’s too many awards or do you think the expansion of the fringe means there’s more room for more awards? [33 mins]
How did your award become known as the most prestigious? [33 mins]
Who decides who wins? The judges? You? Both?
The newcomer award was introduced in 1992, why then? What prompted you to add a new category?
Can you over analyse a comedy show? [37 mins]
Women in comedy and how the award has helped the perception of women in comedy. [45 mins]
In 2013 John Kearns became the first free fringe show to win an award. Do you go to less Free Fringe shows? [13 mins]
Has the number of Free Fringe shows meant you need more judges or are you unable to keep up / see everything? [13 mins ]
How do you decide which shows to go and see? [13 mins]
Do you think there’s a limit to how long someone can use an award on their poster?
Do you think your award has had an impact on more comedians wanting to work towards hour shows or do you think the circuit was going to go that way? [16 mins]
Do you have any quotas for nominations? [54 mins]
What would you say to cynical critical people who say that the award, and all awards have an agenda behind them which means they are bias?
In 2002 the award nominees were all male and the awards were criticized. Now comedy has been and was more so in 2002 a largely male environment so the chances of you going to see more male stand ups than female is high.
How much is the Edinburgh Comedy Award “worth” outside of industry recognition and Edinburgh itself? [40 mins]
What do you have to say to comedians who say “you saw me on a bad day” do you take into account if the audience is a bit off / rowdy etc [13 mins]
Most underrated person in the industry [1 hour 15 mins]