Make It - Advice & Insight for Performers & Writers
This area of our website is for aspiring comedy writers and performers. Here you'll find news of opportunities, plus advice & insight. We haven't fully launched it yet - when we have there'll be lots of 'how to' articles and directories of courses and the likes here too.
|Published 19th November|
|Published 15th November
An article in which Dave Cohen looks at the structure of a joke, and explains how it fits into the classic three act story structure first defined by Aristotle. Read
|Published 12th November
Nine of the brave souls who performed stand-up for the first time as part of the Changing Faces charity gig report back on their experience. Will they get back on stage again? Read
|Published 4th November
Are you a comedian full of puns? If so, here's how to enter to become the 2015 UK Pun Champion. You can hear last year's final here too. Read
|Published 3rd November
Daniel Brierley, one of the winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe writing competition, blogs about having his work showcased at the New York Television Festival. Read
|Published 3rd November
A diary recounting taking an 8 week stand-up course with tutor Logan Murray. Read
|Published 23rd October
A blog from Craig Beadle discussing what caused him to decide to sign up to a stand-up course. Read
|Published 22nd October
Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye is amongst the latest speakers announced for November's Big Comedy Conference. Details
|Published 18th October
The Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival 2014 - which takes place in Manchester on the 28th and 29th October - has announced various panels and workshops which will be of interest to comedy creators. Read
|Published 7th October
Entry is now open for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2015. The heats start in mid-January. Read
Nine year-old boys and thirteen year-old girls are very different creatures. Your job is to make both of them laugh.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 18th December 2014
BBC Radio 4 commissioner Caroline Raphael offers some tips.
Written by Chris Smith. On The Right Track, 18th December 2014
Create the halo effect with your work. There are things you can put right to avoid being written off before being fully read. This is a crude but effective checklist and you'll see within five pages if the script needs more work.
Bafta Rocliffe, 14th December 2014
15 comedians reveal their tips and tricks on how to be more confident on stage.
Giggle Beats, 12th December 2014
McVey will be responsible for developing sourcing and developing original commissions for both the UK channel and Viacom International Media Networks' global comedy channels.
Written by Patrick Munn. TV Wise, 10th December 2014
You really never stop learning how to do comedy, and if you think you can learn no more then you're not stretching yourself enough.
Written by Dave Cohen. 6th December 2014
Amazon-backed digital audio service Audible is searching for original drama and comedy projects from traditional TV producers and writers. The platform is eyeing UK commissions as it looks to grow its subscription business, which is largely built on digital downloads of audiobooks.
Written by Peter White. Broadcast, 4th December 2014
What do you need to do to become a radio comedy producer? How do you come up with comic concepts? Dave Cribb a freelance radio comedy producer, reveals all.
BBC Academy, 2nd December 2014
Q&A with director Theo Davies.
Comedy Blogedy, 26th November 2014
Darren Smith and Jack Cheshire have joined the indie's growing development team on a part time basis, and will be responsible for driving DLT's push into comedy.
Written by Patrick Munn. TV Wise, 25th November 2014
Later this year we will fully launch our 'Make It' area. Here's what else you can expect:
Advice and insight on sitcom writing, sketch comedy, satire, gag writing, performing (stand-up / acting), producing and directing from top experts.
A directory of courses and workshops.
Discounted consultation services.
A big collection of links to additional interesting articles and useful websites that can be found elsewhere on the internet.
And a special new exciting project exclusive to this website which we hope will help new writers get their material broadcast. It will be open to all and free to get involved!
A comedy survey has been launched, aiming to collect the thoughts of comedy fans across the UK. Details
The internet has been busy creating lots of funny festive video sketches. Here's 20 of the best from 2014. Watch
UK Pun Champion Darren Walsh has written us some festive jokes. There's a couple of drawings too. Read
Lee Ridley, a stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, has won the BBC New Comedy Award 2014. Read
Pointless star Richard Osman joins Richard Herring for an entertaining chat. Watch or listen here: Listen
The winners of UKTV Gold's Christmas Cracker joke competition have been announced. Read the top 10: Read
Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell host a festive edition of the No Pressure To Be Funny political podcast. Listen
Check out some of the puns from the comedians who will take part in the UK Pun Championships 2015. Read
A list of 25 festive comedy specials to look out for between now and 2015. There's lots of treats ahead: Read
Shopping for gifts? We've plenty to choose from in our Christmas selection, from books to DVDs. Browse
Channel 4 has commissioned Space Ark, a new sci-fi sitcom pilot about a crew living on a spaceship. Read
Boomers and Citizen Khan will both return for another series, as the BBC outlines its plans for comedy in 2015. Read
We've got some official Only Fools And Horses fancy dress costumes to give away. Del Boy and Rodney. Enter
Will Mars talks about his 'bulletproof' live comedy format Joke Thieves. It's on tour and heading for TV. Read
Olivia Colman and Julian Barrett are to star in Flowers, a sitcom pilot about 'the ultimate dysfunctional family'. Read
UKTV Gold is to show Bob Monkhouse: The Million Joke Man, a three-part series presented by Paul O' Grady. Read
Channel 4 has ordered a third series of Toast Of London, its hit new comedy series starring Matt Berry. Read