Join Equity's Comedians' Network

Comedians' Network

Our Comedian's Network is open to all members who work in comedy.

Whether you perform live stand-up, work in comedy acting or write for television and radio and other media. It was founded in 2015 and has over 400 members. 

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Our work

The Comedians' Network manifesto

  • Fair pay for all
  • Safe working conditions
  • Protection from harassment and discrimination
  • Fair treatment in the workplace
  • A standard contract for comedians
  • The Work So Far


We drew up a contract which was approved by Equity and the Variety and Light Entertainment Council and has been adopted by a number of promoters. It is also available for comedians to use for their own bookings.

Download a copy of the contract

Comedians' Charter

In 2022, we launched the Equity Comedians' Charter at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Comedian's charter

This Charter was developed by the Equity Comedians' Network to improve the working conditions of live comedians.

Benefits of Equity Membership for Comedians

  • A community of comedians fighting for better workplace conditions 
  • Public liability insurance
  • Accident and Backstage Cover insurance while working
  • Legal assistance for cancellations, non-payments and other workplace disputes
  • Use of Comedians’ standard contract
  • Tax advice
  • Social security advice

How to Join

To be eligible to join Equity you will need to have earned at least £500 as a performer from any time in your career.

If you have recently graduated from a full time performing arts course, you may be eligible for Graduate Membership at a lower cost and proof of earnings isn't needed.

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