EP108 – Rob Kemp – A after winning 9 awards with The Elvis Dead

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EP108 – Rob Kemp – A after winning 9 awards with The Elvis Dead


Total run time: 1 hour 27 mins 16 secs.

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About this episode…

Rob Kemp (@RobotKemp) is the creator of the show the Elvis Dead (@ReadElvisDead). This show has won or been nominated for over a dozen awards including Leicester Comedy Festival Awards Best Show, Best Musical Show, Best Poster, The Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer and Chortle’s best newcomer and music / variety act. After so much success, how has this changed Rob’s career? How is he dealing with the pressure of writing a follow up show? What is the future for the Elvis Dead and more?

This is an in-depth look into what it is like to get a lot of success in a very short space of time after a long time of not getting that much attention. Are awards worth what we’re told they are? Do they help sell a show? Which ones have the most impact if any?

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  • Let’s talk about your career before the show, paint a picture about where you were and what your career aims were etc. [0mins]
  • At what point did you think it would be a good idea to develop it into a show? [15 mins]
  • When was the tipping point for the show that the show just built momentum. [21 mins]
  • What are the big misconceptions about how a show builds over Edinburgh that people believe about your show? [22 mins]
  • What’s the lowest number of audiences you will / should perform to? [26 mins]
  • Have people invested in your or the show? [40mins]
  • How do you balance losing part of your income by moving on from a cult show with being creatively fulfilled for trying new ideas? [44 mins]
  • What it is like to be known for one thing that you aren’t sure you want to be known for. [47 mins]
  • Why do you ask the audience to treat the gig like a concert and not a comedy show? [49 mins]
  • What are the differences between the circuit and the convention venue gigs? [54 mins]
  • What is the best and worst thing that has come out of this show for you? [1 hour 4 mins]
  • This show has won a lot of awards, has that helped you as an individual performer or just the show and it’s future? [4 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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