Being funny on the internet

While live comedy gigs will always be important, there are increasingly more success stories from comedians who showcase their work via online platforms.

In our live podcast from BBC Potterow at the Edinburgh Fringe, Simon Smith talks to four comedians who are making use of these platforms, and discusses how the opportunity to self-publish and self-promote is changing the comedy industry.

"Almost anything that you find funny has a medium - you've just got to take the time to work out what it is." – Bec Hill

Daniel Berg is a comedy writer and developer who specialises in viral videos. Daniel is director of comedy showcase website ComComedy, developing original content with the acts discovered through the site.

Bec Hill, named one of Time Out's ten funniest comedians on Twitter, is back at the festival following up her five star-rated 2010 Edinburgh show with her latest performance Bec Hill Is More Afraid of You Than You Are of Her! Bec is a prolific Tweeter, Tumblr cartoonist and YouTube veteran.

Arron Ferguson is one half of the brains behind alternative sketch show Not The Adventures of Moleman, which started out as a solely online phenomenon. NTAOM’s large web following led to demand for live shows, which have been praised for their 'polished intelligence and subversive wit'.

Iván González is one half of Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2011-winning duo Max and Ivan who have returned to Edinburgh with Max And Ivan Are….Con Artists, an ‘epic narrative sketch comedy'. Fairly new to online comedy, the pair have recorded a series for BBC’s online comedy platform Feed My Funny.