Over the last 24 years Komedia has become one of the most influential comedy brands in the country. In the top tier of live venue operators, with multi-award winning operations in Brighton and Bath, Komedia presents one of the largest, most diverse live arts and entertainment programmes in the UK.
Komedia operates a production arm that continues to make long term investments in the development of artists and writers. These partnerships have created numerous Edinburgh Fringe runs, national and international tours, alongside broadcast comedy for BBC1/2/3/CBBC and BBC Radio 4; resulting in Fringe First, Perrier, Sony Radio and BAFTA Award recognised comedy shows.
Most notably the company has supported the development of leading character comedian Count Arthur Strong, overseeing the transition from Edinburgh Fringe cult status to a fixture of BBC Radio and TV Comedy.
Richard partnered with the Komedia arts and entertainment organisation in 2001 and formed Komedia Entertainment in the same year.
Previously he co-founded Victoria Real, an innovative production company which subsequently became one of the UK’s fastest growing private companies, winning a string of industry awards for many TV and online projects – including the launch of the first online supermarket in the UK and the industry shaping interactive broadcasting on Big Brother (C4). Richard personally won an Emmy Award in 1998 for Outstanding Editing (on the HBO film Stomp Out Loud), and he also edited a Classic Film Sequence for the 68th Oscars Ceremony. In his role as Chairman of Victoria Real he set-up their award-winning Australian business and the UK’s first MSc degree in Digital TV with the University of Brighton. In 2000 the Victoria Real founders sold the company to international production giant Endemol.
Along with being a co-owner/Director of the Komedia venues, Richard is the Executive Producer of the company’s shows and manages the Komedia represented artists.
Drum has worked for 30 years in the theatre and music business having cut his teeth in the early 80s working with a number of bands before making the lateral move into theatre and cabaret. For the last 10 years he has been running Astar Artes, an umbrella group incorporating a management company, live event co-ordinator, publishing house and record label with attached recording studio.
At Komedia Entertainment Drum is Keeper-of-the-Magic overseeing everything technical – he also is fully immersed in the production of live and broadcast shows and responsible for Komedia Entertainment’s online and released comedy content.
Kate Van Dike
Coming from a show business family, Kate’s own career in arts and entertainment began in the early 1980’s as a professional child actor. She trained in London and the US, and graduated with a BA honours degree in Drama and English. Part of her course was studying the art of stand up and clowning, which ultimately led to her specialising in comedy performance. Kate has worked with some world renowned companies, including the Natural Theatre Company as an impro comedian, and has written and performed in sell-out and critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe shows. In 1996 she reached the final stages of the BBC New Comedy Awards and went on to be a co-founder of a much lauded satirical sketch collective based at Brighton’s Komedia.
Alongside her acting work, and like most actors, Kate’s professional life has been very varied, including managing a 5 star hotel’s health club, teaching children Drama and working as an actor guide at the BFI. In the early days there was, of course, a whole lot of waitressing. Kate was an excellent waitress. Kate returned to her home county of Devon in 2007 to raise a family.
Kate has a long relationship with Komedia, having written and performed in their Brighton venue for many years from 2000 and being a consultant for Komedia Entertainment since its inception. She is currently working on the development of new scripts and pilots.