Mick Perrin goes global with new comedy company
Tim Clark1 November 2012
Comedy promoter Mick Perrin is set to go global with the announcement of a new company aimed at bringing comedy to overseas markets.
Perrin, who looks after names such as Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran and Ross Noble with Just For Laughs Live, has launched Mick Perrin Worldwide to encourage international comedy across the globe.
Speaking about the new venture Perrin said: “After several happy and successful years as MD of Just For Laughs Live, I am setting up with a new and exciting venture as Mick Perrin Worldwide and will continue to develop and expand in overseas markets to provide touring opportunities for artistes with like-minded venues and promoters across the globe.'
News of the new company comes weeks after Perrin appeared on a panel at the Comedy International Conference, which highlighted the increasingly global nature of comedy, from TV sitcoms airing in dozens of countries to the growth of Stand-up in new markets thanks to the internet.
Perrin is no stranger to the world-wide appeal of top comedians, he is currently producing Dylan Moran’s tour of Russia and the Balkans and is also working on Eddie izzard’s forthcoming Forge Majeure tour, which will take in 25 countries across Europe, America, Africa, Asia, Australasia and The Far East.
Speaking about the new venture Eddie Izzard said: "Mick Perrin was the first promoter to stage and promote a comedy arena tour across the UK in 2003, now everyone is copying him. He has now become the first comedy promoter to stage and promote comedy shows across the world. Time will tell if other promoters have the vision and imagination to follow his lead."