Montreal 2008: Putting the business in show business

This year’s festival added that two-day Just Comedy confab to attract industry, and they also enticed comedians to come in a pay-for-play tease…you pay us for a pass ($500 for industry) and we can guaranteee you face time with the players who can greenlight your pitches. Quite a difference from 10 years ago, eh? It’s one thing for me to describe it. Let comedian Don Barnhart tell you himself what it’s like, because he paid for a pass. Barnhart, based in Vegas, got his start working at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Anyhow, I shared a shuttle with him and Julie Seabaugh from Las Vegas Weekly, and we got him to talk about his experience yesterday (my apologies for any wind in the audio silliness):

Sean L. McCarthy

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