The Independent Comedy Appreciation Society is a fully illustrated magazine about supporting and encouraging independent live comedy, with curated contributions from acts, venues, and comedy enthusiasts. No other publication exists on this topic (Fringepig is probably the closest thing, and that's quite specific to the Fringe) and having trialled the distribution of handmade zines at gigs and venues around Bath and Bristol, I found that there is an audience of comedy fans and performers that isn't being catered for. Articles from previous issues will be available online once no further physical copies are available (but that won't include the games, short pieces or badges!).
If you’re not sure what independent comedy is, here’s how I’d describe it; interesting, original and thoughtful comedy where the end goal is not fame or money. Those things are nice, but the point is to create something that is unique to the performer rather than emulating the material or style of big telly comedians. This magazine exists not only to provide a platform for those kind of acts to have their work published, but also as a show of love and encouragement for all of the independent comedy community.
This project is very much a labour of love with all profit going straight back into making the magazine and in bits and pieces to it's contributors, and I really do appreciate those of you who are willing to spare your time and effort for little but love and goodwill from myself. The magazine wouldn't exist without the incredible work of...
We’re making the next issue of The Independent Comedy Appreciation Society! All submissions are welcome, but we’re particularly keen to offer chances for acts heading to Edinburgh to be included in our August issue of the magazine. Perhaps reflections and memories of past years and Edinburgh itself, the build up to your show, or even entirely made up stories. We also have space for short articles, poems, games, and even guest illustrations and comics! All contributors receive a copy of the magazine and a (very) small payment, plus heaps of goodwill and love, and probably a nice gig if you're an act.
Do you run gigs or own a shop that stocks small publications? Perhaps you'd like to share the Independent Comedy Appreciation Society to your audience? Get in touch!