Sat 6 Jan 2018 4:41PM

Organising comedy night 17 Jan

CT Claire Thomas Public Seen by 361

Had a positive response from Komedia re publicising this event.
Hi Claire,

Thanks for getting in touch. I’d be happy to take some flyers and a poster to display in our venue if you have some? Also happy to retweet/share some social posts if you could tag us in them (@komediabath on facebook and twitter). We tend to steer clear of projecting a concrete political standpoint from the venue but I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t help you spread the word about your event.

Many thanks,

Ellie Rogers


Claire Thomas Sat 6 Jan 2018 4:43PM

Have passed this onto Jane, Livy and Sally to tag them on FB and Twitter. Can't remember if we are getting flyers for this but if so I will drop some round to Komedia and I also have a couple of friends who run the Garrick and the King William - they have taken some OOPs flyers and would also take other flyers too.


Sally Long Mon 8 Jan 2018 3:34PM

Thanks Claire - have sent Komedia details via Facebook. I don't have a login to the Twitter account.


Sally Long Mon 8 Jan 2018 3:50PM

Oh that's good. Theatre Bath has shared our event on Facebook.


Sally Long Mon 8 Jan 2018 4:06PM

How are ticket sales going by the way? I've just done some more sharing of the event in some local groups but there was some talk before Christmas about some paid Facebook advertising if sales are sluggish. Not sure who is in charge of ticket sales - is it @alicehovanessian or @tonyambrose or someone else?


Alice Hovanessian Mon 8 Jan 2018 4:23PM

Thanks for checking Sally, and for your original post about advertising at Komedia Claire, that's great. We have sold 54 tickets for Comedy night 17 Jan, and only 15 tickets for Hugo Dixon. Leaflets for comedy night and Hugo Dixon should be with Mark by the end of the week, thanks to Olivia, Mark and Ben for getting these out quickly. Please do plug both events on FB Sally, both events are on the website along with eventbrite links. We will send out another e-newsletter in the next few days with these events and the latest street stall action, when details are agreed.


Sally Long Mon 8 Jan 2018 4:40PM

Thanks Alice. I have been advertising both on FB. I did a lot of plugging of Pulse last week, and have been boosting Comedy night today in various Facebook groups. I'll give Hugo a boost soonish also - but have run out of available time today. I haven't done any paid advertising for either - happy to do so if you think it necessary/we have the budget.


Alice Hovanessian Tue 9 Jan 2018 1:33PM

Thanks very much Sally, that's great. We agreed at a steering committee meeting in Dec to allocate £50 to FB advertising for comedy night (see my original post about advertising this event). Let's also include Hugo Dixon in the same ad, or separate ones if you think it would work better. Will leave it up to you, let us know if you need more funds.


Sally Long Tue 9 Jan 2018 2:18PM

Thanks Alice. I'll get onto that. I managed to get the event onto a What's on in Bath group with about 4,000 members yesterday - although the post took most of the day to approve as presumably they don't take political events. It would be interesting to see if that makes a difference to sales,


Jane Riekemann Wed 10 Jan 2018 7:19AM

I have had it as our main pinned tweet on Twitter and been promoting it daily for the past week. Not bought my tickets yet for either Comedy or Hugo. Perhaps we need to remind our lot too. Going to the Lib Dem dinner on Saturday - we should definitely promote it there.


Alison Born Wed 10 Jan 2018 8:38AM

I think there are going to be tickets for both events in the Lib Dem auction which will definitely help raise awareness.


Jane Riekemann Thu 11 Jan 2018 7:58AM

I have had it as our main pinned tweet on Twitter and been promoting it daily for the past week. Not bought my tickets yet for either Comedy or Hugo. Perhaps we need to remind our lot too. Going to the Lib Dem dinner on Saturday - we should definitely promote it there.


Jane Riekemann Thu 11 Jan 2018 8:04AM

When I bought my tickets yesterday there were 82 left. We must make a huge effort to shift those this weekend. Perhaps leaflet or put up posters in cafes, Chapel Arts Centre. It’s been RT on Twittter so just spreading the word.


Alan Richard Champneys Thu 11 Jan 2018 10:41AM

We are getting there. When I bought mine at the weekend there were 100 left. Lets keep pushing it. Also at the stall(s) this weekend. In fact that could be the main pitch at the Bath stall (can anyone make an A2 or A1 sandwich-board style poster?)


Ruth Malloy Fri 12 Jan 2018 7:38PM

I was going to make an A4 mini-placard to hang on the front of the (Bath) pop-up stall, but we don't have any A4 versions of the flyer. Handing out lots of flyers will be fine.


Alice Hovanessian Thu 11 Jan 2018 11:36AM

We have sold 68 for Comedy night and 18 for Hugo Dixon. Thanks for all your efforts at getting the word out, the bookings are trickling in. Mark may be able to make a poster for us. We have a few opportunities for advertising this weekend, so I expect we will bump up the figures to at least 100 for each event. Will get an e-newsletter out too.


Ruth Malloy Thu 11 Jan 2018 3:37PM

I see the Comedy Night is included in the events pages of the Bath Chronicle magazine, so that should help too. Well done, whoever it was who got that in there!


Sally Long Thu 11 Jan 2018 5:04PM

Facebook took a while to approve the paid advertising (I think anything with the word Brexit in it gets referred) but that is now live. I will save promoting Hugo until after the Comedy Night.


Olivia Leydenfrost Fri 12 Jan 2018 9:06AM

Mark designed a flyer advertising the Comedy night on one side and Hugo Dixon on the other. He will receive these today from the printer. Our leafleters will be handing these out from tomorrow.


Claire Thomas Fri 12 Jan 2018 2:15PM

Flyers dropped round to Komedia and Harvest this lunchtime.


Alice Hovanessian Fri 12 Jan 2018 2:19PM

Many thanks, Claire.


Claire Thomas Fri 12 Jan 2018 2:17PM

What other things do we need to organise for Weds? Who is meeting/welcoming Viv and other comedians, do we need an MC for evening? Is bar sorted - do they have sufficient staff on hand? People on door etc.


Sally Long Sat 13 Jan 2018 8:18PM

I'm not sure the Facebook advertising is working that well. I've spent £25 and it has been seen by 3250 people. Whilst we've had 180 "engage" with the post (likes, shares, clicking on the photos etc) only 5 people have actually clicked the link to Eventbrite - hopefully 2 or 3 of those have actually bought tickets and we'll recoup the spend.

We've also had some negative comments which have been hidden, including some people speculating that they may come and pay us a visit. Should I stop advertising and save budget for Hugo D or continue?

My targeting was for either people with "leftish" interests and also people interested in stand-up comedy, which is probably where we are getting the detractors.


Olivia Leydenfrost Sun 14 Jan 2018 3:58PM

Hi Sally, really helpful to know what response you've had on Facebook. My recommendation would be to stop advertising the comedy night and promote Hugo Dixon from the end of this coming week. The leaflet advertising both events is in circulation which will hopefully help boost sales.


Alice Hovanessian Mon 15 Jan 2018 2:11PM

Thanks Sally, at least you got the word out as far as possible. Good idea to save the rest of the paid advertising for Hugo after Wednesday. We are currently on 28 tickets sold for Hugo, hope to get at least 100 for that too, to make it a decent turnout and worth his time.


Alison Born Sun 14 Jan 2018 9:38AM

Nick Steel (bath comedy) has sourced the acts including the MC and is in charge of tech on the night. I will e mail him today to check what we need to do in terms of meet and greet and will also check that we can access the venue from 6 for set up and that they will have 2 people working on the bar. I will also check how he wants the acts to be paid ie by him or us direct. Let me know if there’s anything else I need to raise with him?


Claire Thomas Sun 14 Jan 2018 12:36PM

That's great. I can be at venue for 6pm to help with set up. I assume we need 3-4 others from Bath for Europe to help. Please say if you can. Also is this an opportunity for one or two of our new joiners to help alongside the usual suspects? Tony - any ideas who we could ask?

Also we can put Hugo Dixon flyers on seats - I will be getting some more from marcom this week so will bring some along. Are we having a stall too - or at least some way to capture anyone who expresses an interest in joining?

Alison - will the MC do all the introductions etc or do they need someone from Bath for Europe to do an initial greeting/goodbye? Does he cover it if there are any no shows eg illness?


Tony Ambrose Sun 14 Jan 2018 2:43PM

I will put a call out to a few new supporters to help. Who is 'running ' this from our side, making sure all eventualities are covered, and volunteers know what they need to do? Not offering, just asking!
I am thinking tasks include, everything from leaflets on chairs. Setting up stall, people on stall, donations buckets after event, supporter sign up cards, new volunteer sign up sheet, collecting tickets, selling tickers for hugo dixon, welcome and closing thanks (claire?) liason with nick steele, and bar etc. Etc. Has someone taken ownership of the whole evemt so it is guaranteed to run smoothly from our side, as i am sure it will!


Ruth Malloy Sun 14 Jan 2018 3:44PM

Do we really need to have a pop-up stall on this occasion? I agree we should put Hugo
Dixon flyers on the chairs/tables, and we should have 'stay in touch' cards for new people to sign up, and a couple of blue buckets to catch people on their way out at the end.


Olivia Leydenfrost Sun 14 Jan 2018 3:59PM

Count me in to help set up.


Tony Ambrose Sun 14 Jan 2018 5:10PM

I dont think we need to lug the stall there, we can use one fo their tables to put spare leaflets, badges etc and for people to come up to us after and talk to us...Worth bringing some EU flags and UJ's though. Brexiteers are certain to be there!


Ruth Malloy Sun 14 Jan 2018 6:17PM

@tonyambrose What happened to my comment?!


Alice Hovanessian Sun 14 Jan 2018 5:52PM

Hi Tony and all, as you should be aware, Alison and I are organising this event.

We need volunteers to pick up the merchandise, flags, leaflets and supplies on Wed at 6pm from Marcom - please let me know if you can help with this.

If all BfE members attending can arrive by 6:30 to help set up, that would be great - Alison, Nick and I are planning to be there from 6pm and start setting up. Doors open at 7:30. We need 3 volunteers to sign people in at the door and sell tickets if anyone needs them - £10 on the door.

We are up to 92 tickets sold for comedy night (and 24 for Hugo) - if any of you plan to come please book today if you can. We will give people leaflets as they arrive, or on the chairs once set up.

I have asked Mark if he doesn't mind saying a few words at the end about BfE to encourage people to volunteer, I will have clipboards.


Alice Hovanessian Mon 15 Jan 2018 2:08PM

100 tickets now sold! We have reached our minimum target, but there are 50 more places available to book. If you are going to comedy night, please let us know if you can meet at Marcom at 6pm and help Mark to bring materials over to WSC, perhaps in a car (and then return them at the end of the evening)? Many thanks.


Sally Long Mon 15 Jan 2018 5:26PM

I am coming but will be late as I have to go to a school options evening first.


Jane Riekemann Tue 16 Jan 2018 12:20AM

Currently 43 tickets left. Keep selling!


Ian Bartle Tue 16 Jan 2018 10:44AM

If you need any more help I'll go to Marcom at 6pm.


Anna Beria Tue 16 Jan 2018 8:39PM

I finish teaching at 17.40 (Kingswood). I will have the car and could be at Marcom by 6 latest. Parking is impossible, so could people collecting leaflets, flags, etc be ready to load up?


Alice Hovanessian Tue 16 Jan 2018 9:43PM

That is very kind of you Anna and Ian, thank you. Ian, if you can gather things together with Mark and take them out to Anna who will be waiting from around 6pm in her car outside, that would be great.

Ian and Mark - please bring the blue Ikea bag with the merchandise (with enough berets, t-shirts, badges, wristbands and flags to sell), lots of EU and UK large flags for draping around the venue, all the donation buckets you can find and around 500 comedy night and Hugo leaflets. We don't need the stall as discussed above, nor the banners except 1 Bath for Europe flag (sticks not required).

I will bring the sign-in sheet, pens, tape, blue tack, volunteer sign-up sheets and clipboards for each group, posters for the door, copies of programme.

Here is the programme for the evening, although these things tend to run later we will try and keep to these timings (will bring a couple of printed copies):

18:00-18:15 Nick, Alison and Alice arrive and set up stage, chairs, tables and AV.

18:30 Bath for Europe organisers arrive, set up registration desk, merch shop area, put leaflets on chairs, put up flag displays (Dick, can you bring your international flags?).

19:30 Doors and bar open

20:00 Welcome and intro from our MC, Fitz (10 mins)

20:10 Alex Mahoney (10 mins)

20:20 Jessie Nixon (10 mins)

20:30 Morgan Rees (10 mins)

20:40 Interval (20 mins)

21:00 Welcome back from our MC, Fitz (5 mins)

21:05 Viv Groskop (headline - 40 mins)

21:45 Plug for Bath for Europe - Mark Baines

21:50 End - organisers pack up.

Anything else needed?


Ruth Malloy Tue 16 Jan 2018 9:45PM

Mark is coming straight from Marcom to the WSC, and Ian's helping carry stuff, so you may not need to go, Anna. Best check with Mark.


Alice Hovanessian Tue 16 Jan 2018 10:23PM

Good idea, but I am sure it will help if they have a car to take the stuff!


Dick Daniel Tue 16 Jan 2018 10:33PM

Yes will bring my bunting of international flags.


Alice Hovanessian Tue 16 Jan 2018 10:41PM

Thank you!


Maggie Turner Wed 17 Jan 2018 11:21AM

Ruth and Mark, I will bring the berets this evening so that it doesn't diminish your stock - I have had an order from the Wells Group for berets and 20 wrist bands. Please can you bring extra wrist bands?


Maggie Turner Wed 17 Jan 2018 12:03PM

The order has gone up to 40 wrist bands..


Anna Beria Wed 17 Jan 2018 1:47PM

Maggie, could you ask whether they want 50/50 large/small?


Ruth Malloy Wed 17 Jan 2018 12:16PM

@markbaines WRISTBANDS I suggest you bring all of them (both sizes)!


Alice Hovanessian Wed 17 Jan 2018 1:43PM

Update - we have sold 120 tickets for tonight (and 33 for Hugo).


Jane Riekemann Fri 19 Jan 2018 10:37AM

It doesn’t say how many tickets left on Hugo’s page as it did for Viv. Could we add that? Useful to know when promoting.


Maggie Turner Wed 17 Jan 2018 5:31PM

They would like half and half as far as wristbands are concerned