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Top Picks for the Best Comedy at #Edfringe 2016

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Hello Edinburgh! Here are my Comedy Top Picks for the 2016 #EdFringe, in alphabetical order:

Adam Hess: Feathers – I haven’t seen this show yet, but it already has great word of mouth and I love his poster if it’s the same one from Facebook posted a few months ago. He’s a superfast gagsmith – just as well it’s earlyish.  Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313), 16.10

Cheekykita: Tittitutar Town – everyone laughs a bit of horror. This mad Mighty Boosh-style clown spits bits of The Exorcist as she takes you into a weird world of crab families, singing spiders and little men. A Prague Fringe award-winner, NATYS finalist and Colchester New Comedian of the Year, she’s one to watch. Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18), 15.50 – from the 15th August only.

Cheekykita: Tittutar Town, Sweet Grassmarket 3.50pm

Fraser Geesin: Jack of All Polymaths – thoroughly enjoyed the Preview and has several brilliant gags worthy of #Dave’sBestJoke. With added Powerpoint. Laughing Horse @ 48 Below (Venue 146), 20.45

Joanna Neary Does Animals and Men – one of the most underrated comedians in the UK. Deservedly, she was in the shortlist for Leicester Comedy Festival’s Best Show 2016. The Stand 5&6 (Venue 319), 14.30

Lucy Porter: Consequences – an amazing live stand-up. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 17.30

Mark Watson’s EdinbrOlympics – it’s the Olympics! It’s a late show so try not to clash with Usain Bolt or the tennis. Martin Mor is also doing an international LOlympic event at The Stand in the Square (Venue 372). Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 23.00

Nick Helm: Nobody Likes Me (Work in Progress) – yup, the unmissable Edfringe legend is in Edinburgh for one day only. It’s not on the Festival website, you can only book through the Pleasance. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 20 August, 16.00

Nick Helm chooses the Grenada Chocolate Company bar

Q. What chocolate would Nick Helm choose for his Sunday brunch? A. Grenada Chocolate Company Saltylicious

Phil Jerrod: Hypocrite – the difficult second show from a man who makes it look easy. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 18.00

Phil Jerrod

Sean McLoughlin: Kamikaze – pure stand-up. Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), 20.30

Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in a Proper Job –  back again, this time at the Underbelly. A hysterical clown to bring out the kid in you – and possibly your kids.  Underbelly (Venue 61), 17.20

Spencer Jones is The Herbert

Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert in Eggy Bagel – his new show, still excellent but cheaper. Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313) 20.50

SuZanna GonZo: Dark Lady – more female character clowning (a bit of a trend this year) from this hugely optimistic Texan cruise ship entertainer – aka award-winning comedy actor, Crystal Maze Master and Secret Cinema Dirty Dancer, Katie O’ Brien. Just the Tonic at the Mash House (Venue 288) ,15.00.

Suzanna Gonzo A5 ad

S&M Masterclass: Seann Walsh and Mark Simmons – brilliantly physical floppy-haired observationist meets brilliant one-liner merchant. And it’s FREE. Start queuing now. Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156), 15.10

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit – she’s talking about bins. Get in! Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14), 19.00 & 22.45

Also highly recommended: Barbara Nice RAFFLE!, Evelyn Mok, Glenn Moore, Grainne Maguire, Jenny Collier, Joel Dommett, John Gordillo, Joz Norris, Kate Lucas, Katie Mulgrew, Pat Cahill and Stephen Carlin.

And from the Brighton massive: Aidan Goatley, Jane Postlethwaite, Louise Raey, Russ Peers, and Sam Savage.

And you MUST go to the Iraq Out & Loud: Reading the Chilcot Report in Full. Organised by Bob Slayer it’s properly important. It might be boring, if anything on Bob’s Blunderbus can be boring, but maybe you’ll get a good bit. Readers include Omid Djalili, Stewart Lee, and me.  Heroes @ Bob ‘s Blunderbus (Venue 212), 24-7 till it’s done.

Thanks to Ed Moore for many of these photos. Here’s one of mine; a cocktail designed for me at my favourite foodie haunt, The Kitchin in Leith:

JUSTICE JACK IMG_1750 50ml Jack Daniels
50ml fresh orange juice
25ml fresh lemon
20ml sugar syrup
6 raspberries, muddled

Happy Fringe and good luck to all the comics! And remember, I’m always here to help with your marketing and PR, whether it’s social media, chasing up the press, or organising a reprint of your lovely, lovely flyers!

Kerry x

PS. These are my genuine, entirely subjective recommendations as a result of seeing loads of comedy in Leicester, Brighton, London and a field in Wiltshire. As always, sorry to those I’ve forgotten or missed out.

These are just my opinions based on what I find funny. It’s always worth going to several random Fringe shows to find out what YOU like. You’ll be amazed at the variety and how quickly you learn what you hate! (I hate young men taking their clothes off – mainly in comedy shows. I saw 6 in Leicester, though the last one started off naked and put his clothes back on. That was the only joke in the show. I didn’t look for another. Orlando BOOM!) #OrlandoBloom

And do let me know who you’ve loved or loathed in the 2016 Edinburgh Festivals – I love a gossip! You can find me on Facebook, on Twitter @kerryherbert007 or in the Library Bar. Cheers! x

Kerry and the tardis, Edinburgh 2007

“Search Engine Origami”

I went to a business conference in Brighton yesterday. There were people of all ages, some with blue hair, some with purple, one with blonde hair that faded from pale blue to purple. Gorgeous! A bearded man stood up after a lecture in the Dome Corn Exchange, and when his trousers slipped down to reveal his entire be-panted bottom, he paused for a moment, considered, and left the trousers down. We were under strict instructions from the organisers to celebrate the geek, both within and without, so I managed to restrain myself from reaching over and pulling them up for him. I’m a geek and a mother; that was hard!

Yes, it was Brighton, but what could this wonderful business world be that attracted such luminous butterflies and their pants?

SEO. Heard of it? Many of the people outside of the digital bubble haven’t. As I was lunching in the Chilli Pickle (fabulous, thank you – I recommend the ribs with a vegetable curry, roti and chapatti on the side and a beautifully crisp glass of house white. You’re welcome!) a lady next to me asked what my lanyard was. She’d seen a lot of them about. I said SEO – the internet, web content, Google. She looked blank. “Search Engine Origami!” I said. She grinned. “Well I’ve heard of the origami.

Search Engine Optimization is basically making the text, pictures and layout of your website work so that you come up in Google searches. Here’s the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization

If it sounds complicated, that’s because it kind of is. It talks about VISIBILITY. In comedy terms, that’s your public profile:

  • Have people heard about you?
  • Can they find out about you? Easily?
  • Is what they hear good?
  • Can they see a picture of you?
  • Perhaps a video?
  • Do they know where you’re playing next, and how to get there?
  • Why would they WANT to come and see you?

And if that sounds obvious, that’s also because it kind of is. And that’s where I come in:  complicated and obvious – ta daaa!

Having helped with the London Sketch Festival, I’m now working on shows in the Brighton Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival. It’s advertising and poster time at the moment. Here’s an ad I’m doing for a Charity Chuckle show with Just the Tonic.

Charity Chuckle Ad2 Edinburgh JTT

YOU are your business. Business professionals employ experts: if you want comedy to be your business, it makes sense to employ Stand-Up Marketing to do the tedious and the time-consuming. That way, you can spend more of your time making the show as brilliant as brilliant can be.

What can Stand-Up Marketing do for you?
As a client, the plan is to create a 360˚marketing strategy that will get results, with agreed targets and a budget. From the mundane to the mad, we’ve done it all: filled in endless online listings forms, revised websites to get them up the rankings, made feedback notes on shows, arranged publicity stunts and flashmobs, got comedians into Film Festivals, pulled in radio interviews and bloggers, turned ticket sales around with online ads, designed great flyers that people DIDN’T stick straight in the bin, created press releases with results, garnering great quotes that could be used again and again, such as with Charmian Hughes: “She could be Josie Long’s mum” – Chortle.

Stand-Up Marketing can also manage and produce professional Comedy Events.

And if a comedian drops out, Kerry’s got a mean 5 minutes.

Check the Testimonials in WHY STAND-UP MARKETING?



A big day for Fringes!

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the sun is finally out and Brighton Festival Fringe 2014 has its launch party tonight at the Sealife Centre. Pancakes and stingrays, what could be better?

But I’m not sure what the mood will be amongst Fringe Participants. Many of them will be taking their shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Early Bird registration deadline is fast approaching. As the Adelaide and Leicester Comedy Festivals wrap up and the promoters return, the venue allocation for Edinburgh takes on a frantic pace and with four times the applications that there are spaces for shows, not many will get their first choice.

Location and time slot are obviously important, yet so is word of mouth – it’s probably one of the major influences to drive audiences to a relatively unknown show. Examples: Nick Helm’s Keep Hold of the Gold, and last year, John Kearns’ Sight Gags for Perverts. Nick’s show was so good I was recommended to it almost as soon as I arrived in Edinburgh. I ended up seeing it four times in a row. I know people who did more. And John Kearns last year was a big buzz on the grapevine and sure enough when I squeezed into the show the audience was full of the best up-and-coming comedians on the circuit. We had a ball, he won prizes.

So, key to a successful show:

Firstly, it’s got to be great!
Secondly, it’s got to be really really great!
Thirdly, it’s got to be well promoted.

And that’s where I come in. Enjoy your pancakes, don’t panic, and if you’d like some professional help with the marketing then contact me when you’ve got your time and venue sorted. A nicely worded short blurb in the brochure can make the world of difference, and that’s just the beginning.

Kerry x