Obviously weekends are busy everywhere throughout the festival but if your show is genuinely popular through good word of mouth, correct marketing and luck then you'll have solid numbers throughout. This is the first year I've had a good run. I now see many past mistakes! The show is everything. Write a good show. This was my best Edinburgh by a mile because it was my best show.
I genuinely didn't read reviews until the last week. It was a very positive step. Reviews are important to sell the show in Edinburgh but people were coming through word of mouth so I had no need to search them out. In the past I've beaten myself up over them. It was good mentally for me not to look. Good or bad
I've always wanted to mix my two loves of music and comedy but not with comedy songs and not pretending I'm in Vegas in the 50's. I wanted it to be relevant. So I took the most modern most popular music to force me into being relevant
I lost a lot last year If I get near to breaking even this Ill be happy. The financial thing is just business. Except for a lucky few Edinburgh is a loss leader it's your 20 p can of beans to get you in and hopefully interested in a lifetime of my work. It's a trade fair. No business survives with out advertising
It's too expensive. I don't think the free angle is neccesarily the right one Why will audiences pay for something when a version of it is free next door . It will kill it if not managed correctly. I think my show was worth a tenner this year But I can see that if you want to see 5 shows that day it's too much. I don't know the answer. Art and economics never sit well together.