I have tried to see some great shows in this last week guided simply by word of mouth, mainly from performers. It is something performers should do more of – simply take a couple of minutes at the end of their own show to recommend other shows in the same genre. Some do. Most don’t. Especially in free venues, it would genuinely help to guide audiences – and reviewers. In free venues it might be an idea to get another comedian to do your bucket speech – minimising your embarrassment and letting them promo their own show properly to whoever is there. It would be something a bit more positive than simply complaining about no reviews and low audience figures because you have no money for PR. Just a thought.