EP93 – Edinburgh Fringe Live Q&A Panel with 3 Comedy Agents

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EP93 – Edinburgh Fringe Live Q&A Panel with 3 Comedy Agents


Total run time: 1 hour 22 mins 03 secs.

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About the panel…

Chris Lander (@christophlander) is an agent at Phil Mcintyre Entertainment. He deals with the new and up-and-coming talent including Nish Kumar, Masud Milas, David Trent and more. 

Katya Balfour-Lynn (@katyabalfourlyn) is a live booking agent for United Agents. She deals with her clients live dates and live calendars. 

Andy Townsend (@andytownsend8) is a comedy agent at the Galton Agency. By their own admission a small agency that deals with big names and focuses on work they’re proud of.

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The Questions we covered…

  • Who are you? [0 mins 0 secs]
    • Where does your agency fit into the industry? [1 mins 30 secs]
  • UK vs US agents. What’s the difference? [16 mins]
    • The Mailroom book.
  • The similarities between the music and comedy industries. [18 mins]
  • How did you get the trust of your first comedian? [18 mins 30 secs]
  • What do / don’t you do?
  • When do you think a comedian needs an agent?
  • Should comedians approach you? [56 mins]
  • How do you manage expectations for new acts? [56 mins]
  • Where do you scout for comedians?  [42 mins]
    • What do you look for in a new act? [42 mins]
    • How much do quotas impact your choice of signing?
    • Has the internet changed how you scout for acts? [42 mins]
  • The mental health impact on doing a full run and what agents do to help with that. [44 mins]
  • How hard is it to deliver negative information? [1 hour 4 minutes]
  • What do you think of the movement to more comedians not wanting agents because they’re making their own opportunities through building their audiences online?  [27 mins]
  • Do you work for the comedian, or do they work for you or something else? [27 mins]
  • Mistakes people make when thinking about getting an agent and advice. [1 hour 22 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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