Issue One: Editor's Letter
“We aim to fascinate, not entertain”
-Simon Munnery, about Cluub Zarathustra.
Welcome to the Independent Comedy Appreciation Society. It’s more of a magazine than an actual club, but as you’ve bought a copy, consider yourself a member. Pin on your badge, and it’s official. Incidentally, I collect and make badges, and my favourite one is from Arts Emergency* which says ‘sometimes if you want something to exist, you have to make it yourself’’. That’s what this magazine and independent comedy as a whole is about. 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. The polar opposite of hack, you could say. This magazine exists not only to provide a platform for acts to have their work published, but also as a show of love and encouragement for all of the independent comedy community.
In issue one, I’ve invited a range of acts to contribute a piece of writing about independent live comedy. Some are funny, like Homage to catatonia, where Matt Macaulay explores the idea of Orwell as an open spot comedian. Some are insights into the world of performers themselves, with Amy Matthews discussing the effect of being labelled as a token female act in Why the female comic anxiety is a thing, and Chris Williams talks about his first steps as a stand up in New York in What do you want me to say before you go on?. I’m particularly excited to present you with a piece about kindness in the world of comedy from Christian Talbot, which I was keen to feature in our launch issue as a show of what the Independent Comedy Appreciation Society stands for.There are a handful of poems, as well as games, little recommendations (it is preview season after all!), and plenty of illustrations from your humble editor plus a guest appearance from my pal and colouring book comrade Jenny Grene. I hope you find it interesting, and perhaps inspiring for a contribution of your own for the next issue.
*For more information on Arts Emergency, head over to their website.