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Earlier this month, the magazine announced its intention to become a "global commerce platform in the key vertical categories." We have no idea what this means, except it's the kind of lobotomised bullshit always correlated with news about job losses.As indeed was the case here: 40 redundancies across Time Out's UK and the US operations were announced in the statement.
He has a strong comedy background having founded the Long Paws Comedy Club in Somerset back in 2005, prior to moving to the capital.
The fact that comedians and promotors (including Linda Smith, Monika Bobinska, and Peter Grahame) retained these publications in the archives which they deposited show how important the cabaret section (called the comedy section, from 1992 onwards) was in supporting them as performers and promoters.
We've also held events with comedians at the University and they've spoken about how they used Time Out (and other publications) early in their careers to get gigs by ringing up all the clubs listed and asking for an open spot; a vital directory for comedians seeking a break.
"From a current perspective comedy is such an important part of culture and entertainment, accessible to everyone really, due to the range and variety of smaller clubs offering open slots, through to the touring stadium shows from well known comedy stars." Dec Munro is founder, MC and promoter of the Test Tube comedy nights which used to run monthly at the Canal Cafe, and this year directed Sofie Hagen's Bubblewrap, winner of the best newcomer show in Edinburgh.
He feels the section has been kept well intact by Time Out's current comedy editor Ben Williams: "When I started Test Tube it made a massive difference to be listed and recommended by Time Out.
I felt the 40th anniversary special issue and associated events marked the effective end of Time Out as we'd all known and loved it.