Ethical approval has now been granted for the project, which means that I can start interviewing! I have added the participant information sheet to the site so anyone who wants to participate has a better idea of what the project is about and what it involves. My contact details are also there, so please get in touch if you have any questions.
A couple of weeks ago I had a chat with Owen Donovan, the Vice Chair of the Live Comedy Association. As a lot of people will be aware, the LCA are pushing for better recognition and funding of live comedy as the industry is in serious danger of collapse otherwise. This sobering report shows what’s at stake. There is also an open letter calling on the government and the Arts Council to do more. With recent news that The Stand Comedy clubs are in desperate need of support, it is clear that something needs to be done if we are going to have an industry after the pandemic.
On a lighter (?) note, I went to Edinburgh last week. With the exception of a very brief work trip, I have only ever been there for the Fringe. It was a strange experience, though I did have the Edinburgh Unlocked audio book to keep me company, and a special Fringe themed edition of Comedy at the Covid to help a fringe-less Edinburgh feel a bit less weird.