Equity Comedians' Network discusses the fringe

Equity Comedians’ Network hosted an event to give advice to comedians considering taking a show to Edinburgh.

The panel event in January concentrated on performing at venues where shows are free to audiences and there is a voluntary bucket collection
at the end.

Panel members were Luke Meredith who is part of the PBH Free Fringe organisation, Ivor Dembina who is an Edinburgh regular as a performer and promoter and has used Laughing Horse venues and Sooz Kempner who is a comedian and taken her shows to Edinburgh and used free and paid-for hired venues.

Luke outlined how you got involved with PBH, which is completely free to the comedian with no registration or hire fees, how venues are allocated and the support you are given including entry into the Wee Blue Book.

Other tips discussed were: the pros and cons of using PR; flyers and posters; bucket collections and the use of card readers; accommodation; how to maximise your spare time and generally about looking after yourself. Louise Grainger outlined some of Equity’s planned activities at this year’s event which will be announced in the spring.

Mike Day, Equity’s organiser for the comedy sector said: “Forging a career in comedy is dificult and it needs the support of fellow comedians to improve the pay and conditions for all. The network is doing great work in supporting comedians and I would urge members to get involved.”

If you want to know more about the Equity Comedians’ Network email comedians@equity.org.uk.