Live Nation is getting into some funny business with the acquisition of Jubilee Street ManagementBec Sutherland’s prominent comedy artist management company.
Thanks to the new agreement, which TMN can exclusively confirm, LN and Jubilee Street will serve as co-promoters on a pool of comedic talent on both sides of the Tasman.
Founded by Sutherland in 2018, Jubilee Street now manages 11 Australian and New Zealand artists, including Julia Morris, Urzila Carlson, Nazeem Hussain, Kate Langbroek, Melanie Bracewell and Becky Lucas.
The strategic acquisition further strengthens LN’s comedy business and its alliance with Sutherland, which led the live entertainment giant’s comedy touring business throughout Asia-Pacific.
During this time, Sutherland played an “important role” in building the comedy market here by visiting some of the biggest names in the game, reads an LN statement, from Kevin Hart to Dave Chappelle, Joe Rogan, Chelsea Handler, Rob Brydon, Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman and Russell Howard, and promoting Tim Minchin RETURNwinner of the 2019 Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert.
“We are extremely proud to take our longstanding relationship with Jubilee Street to the next level. This deal gives us the opportunity to continue working alongside Bec Sutherland, who has long been a valued member of the Live Nation team and one of the top comedy talent managers and comedy promoters in the country,” comments Roger Field, president of Live Nation. Asia Pacific.
“Together, we are committed to nurturing and showcasing the best in Australian and New Zealand comedy,” adds Field, “while strengthening our position as a world-class comedy destination.”
Financial details were not disclosed for the new deal, which sees Sutherland stepping down as vice president of comedy at Live Nation APAC, to focus on running Jubilee Street and its slate of general managers.
Sutherland will continue to promote these clients through LN, giving them access to touring resources and industry know-how, according to the company, while Live Nation Asia Pacific head of comedy Andy Curtain continues to manage operations and directing all other comedies. operates throughout the region.
The comedy business is no laughing matter.
Carlson, the South African-born, New Zealand-based comic, won the People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022, for most tickets sold at the festival and 30,000 people attending his show.
According to LN, 30,000 people attended his stand-up show.
Briton Russell Howard produced comedy gold in 2021 when he became the first international artist to tour both Australia and New Zealand during the pandemic, completing his 35 dates Respite stroll.
Comedians and satirists have been impacting the American charts and hitting the funny bone at the Grammys since at least the 1950s. Billboard noted in his 2014 comedy number.