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June 2012 Correspondents

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Thu 28 June 2012

The secret to marketing an Edinburgh show is ... who knows? | ...but this is what John Fleming is doing

The secret to marketing an Edinburgh show is ... who knows?

...but this is what John Fleming is doing

28/06/2012 … Hollywood scriptwriter William Goldman’s wise line his book Adventures in the Screen Trade, ‘nobody knows anything’, is oft misunderstood.

Wed 27 June 2012

Spirit of the Fringe? Not after 9pm | Alan Anderson on ScotRail's 'draconian' alcohol ban

Spirit of the Fringe? Not after 9pm

Alan Anderson on ScotRail's 'draconian' alcohol ban

27/06/2012 … Glasgow is the great untapped market for Edinburgh Festival promoters.

Tue 26 June 2012

10 business lessons you can apply to stand-up | Ian Hawkins gets all corporate...

10 business lessons you can apply to stand-up

Ian Hawkins gets all corporate...

26/06/2012 … I spent five years working for JLA, the UK’s biggest agency providing speakers to address events.

Thu 21 June 2012

Carr-eer suicide? | JR Moores wonders if the tax scandal will hit Jimmy Carr's comedy

Carr-eer suicide?

JR Moores wonders if the tax scandal will hit Jimmy Carr's comedy

21/06/2012 … Among all the references to Alexei Sayle, Ted Chippington and Simon Munnery in Stewart Lee’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate nestled some unexpectedly gushing praise for Jimmy Carr – a far less skilled, alternative or moral comic than Lee or his heroes.

Wed 20 June 2012

Why do I keep tolerating these nights? | Elliot Wengler on the 'joys' of the open-mic circuit

Why do I keep tolerating these nights?

Elliot Wengler on the 'joys' of the open-mic circuit

20/06/2012 … About 20-25 gigs into the open mic comedy-gigging world is when you realise that you’re an idiot.

Sun 17 June 2012

Should Armando have accepted the OBE? | Chris Hallam thinks so

Should Armando have accepted the OBE?

Chris Hallam thinks so

17/06/2012 … Should Armando Iannucci have accepted his OBE? Former Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell certainly doesn’t think so.

Fri 15 June 2012

Talking shop... | Yianni Agisilaou goes to the Chortle conference

Talking shop...

Yianni Agisilaou goes to the Chortle conference

15/06/2012 … When the alarm rings at 6:45am and you – a comedian – pull your covers aside and arise, it’s usually to head to some remote ‘London in name only’ airport for a traumatic, Ryanair ordeal to a gig abroad.

Wed 13 June 2012

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