Last week comedian and podcaster Simon Caine dropped into JLA speaker bureau. Simon’s “Ask the Industry” podcast focuses on the business side of comedy and is a popular show amongst aspiring and established comedians. It has reached the top 30 of business podcasts on iTunes and hit the number 2 spot in the careers section. In the past “Ask the Industry” has featured the likes of writer David Quantick, critic Kate Copstick and comedy acts The Boy with Tape on his Face, Joe Lycett and Luisa Omelian. For this, its 42nd episode, Simon decided to quiz our very own speaker bureau boss, Jeremy Lee.
A playful (at times political) 90 minute interview was the result, where Jeremy explains how JLA came to be (starting in comedy before transitioning to the wider remit of speaker bureau). He also offers valuable tips to stand-ups wanting to break into the world of corporate comedy and to the agents and acts already there. A number of myths about corporate gigs are finally dispelled and a thoughtful discussion of gender bias in the industry reveals some insights into where (if at all) it exists and what the possible reasons for it may be.
Jeremy tosses in a number of charming anecdotes from his rich experience in comedy, but is careful not to reveal any names. Many of the comics we work with could be advised to listen in and work out if he is talking about them, although they may be put off to discover that he dismisses all books written by comedians, choosing instead to focus on JLA speaker Will Gompertz’s own examination of the artistic industry “Think Like an Artist’.
You can stream the podcast by clicking this link. To download the episode, right click on the link and select “save link as”.