Ask The Industry Podcast – 1 Year in!

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Ask The Industry Podcast – 1 Year in!



Total run time: 9 mins 33 secs.

Ways to listen to the show…

  • Subscribe using iTunes here.
  • Download the individual episode by right clicking this link and clicking “save link as”.
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  • Stream the episode on Stitcher

Got a problem? Email me and I’ll try and solve it. 🙂

Top 10 most downloaded episode in the first year are…

10. EP 16 – Liz Miele – How to go viral and build an online fan base.

9. EP 10 – Luisa Omielan – the story behind the sleeper-hit show “What Would Beyonce Do”

8. EP 05 – David Quantick (TV / radio writer for The Day Today, Brass Eye, Spitting Image & author)

7. EP 06 – Bruce Dessau – reviewer at the London Evening Standard & Founder of

6. EP 02 – Alex Petty (Founder of Laughing Horse Comedy Clubs and the Edinburgh Free Fringe)

5. EP 20 – Joe Lycett – How to get the right agent, promote a show and which comedy competitions are worth entering

4. EP 01 – Hils Jago (Founder of Amused Moose Comedy Clubs)

3. EP 14 – (Kate) Copstick – Head comedy reviewer for the Scotsman Newspaper at the Edinburgh Fringe

2. EP 11 – Geoff Whiting – Founder and owner of Mirth Control Comedy Clubs and Management

1. EP 04 – [Inbetweenisode] Rachel Holdsworth & Stuart Black from The Londonist

Loving the show? Then consider giving us a donation to keep it going!

Give a one-off donation via PayPal!

Become a Patreon and donate an amount per podcast! 

We’re 1 year old…

When I started this podcast I really thought it would be a vanity project. I didn’t think anyone else was that nerdy or interested in the behind-the-scenes of the industry and the people I was hanging around with didn’t seem that into the idea of turning their “hobby” into a “career”. What a different a year makes.

In the last year…

  • I’ve published 34 episodes, which total more than 50 hours of content.
  • The podcast has been downloaded 51,078 times.
  • We’ve been given 35 reviews on iTunes most of which are 5 stars.
  • We’ve done our first live show and have another one booked for February.
  • We’ve been featured in both the iTunes charts, new and noteworthy as well as the British Comedy Guide.
  • I’ve penned 10 indie guides to help the community do things for themselves from writing a press release to registering shows.

Going forward I hope to continue to release an average of 3 episodes per month and doing an indie guide every month or so. I’ve some amazing guests lined up for next year including – 

  • Shane Allen (BBC Comedy Commissioner)
  • Iain Coyle (Dave TV ComedyCommissioner)
  • Ally Wilson (Head of Live / Touring at CKP)
  • Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner (Joint MDs of Avalon)
  • James Longman (Head Of Programmes at Talkback)
  • Jessie Botterill & Hellie Ogden (Literary agents from Janklow & Nesbit)

And loads more!

I love listening to the podcast…How can I help you out?

Well first of all thanks for the offer of support! It really means a lot you want to help keep this project going. There are 4 main ways you can help the project. Just pick the ones you don’t mind doing from the list below. Anything support or help is very much appreciated.

  1. Join The Ask The Industry Podcast Facebook Group. 
  2. Give the podcast a honest review in iTunes [link here]How does this help?

    Future guests are reading them.
    New listeners are convinced of the useful content within the episode by what you say and rate it.
    It helps with the iTunes chart rankings 

    How long does it take for me to do?If you have an iTunes account it shouldn’t take you more than 2 minutes to leave a review. If you need to sign up for an iTunes account it should take you a minute or so to sign up and it’s free to do.

  3. Share a link to your favourite episode with a friendHow does this help?

    Most of the downloads come from shared episodes and over 50% of the listens happen on this website instead of iTunes/ a podcast player. So by sharing an episode with a little caption telling people what you loved about it you’ll be helping new people discover the podcast and build the audience. Although I personally don’t care too much about the number of downloads some future guests do ask how many downloads the show gets to work out if it has an audience. 

    How long does it take for me to do?1 minute.
    You can find a full list of all the episodes here and in the left hand side bar you can see the 10 most downloaded episodes in our first year. Every show page has a bunch of “share buttons” which allow you to simple click the Facebook / Twitter icon and then add your own text and hit share.

  4. Become a PatreonHow does this help?

    Creating this podcast and associated content is not free and takes up a lot of my time. Also the equipment for the show was not the cheapest thing I own. If something goes wrong with the tech or I need to take a day off work I can’t really afford not to eat. So by becoming a Patron you are helping keep this project going and giving me a budget for the future. Also I want to stay advertising free. So if you want that as well it would be great if you could donate $1 per episode (80p).I am a big believer in value for value and think there’s enough of us that we can be self supporting if even half of all the listeners could give 80p per episode.How long does it take for me to do?It takes less than 1 minute to sign up as a Patron and set your pledge amount. Any problems, email me.

  5. Send a one-off donation via PayPal.How does this help?

    Much like above, the money goes into producing more content and shows, so if you value what I am doing… it would be great if you could spare me £1 per episode you enjoyed. 

    How long does it take for me to do?2 minutes
    If you need to register for PayPal it might take you an extra minute to sign up for an account. 



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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