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.
The Sitcom Mission, a comedy writing competition which showcases 15 minute scripts in front of commissioners, is now open for 2015 entries. Find out how to enter here: Details
Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. If you've made a short comedy film or sketch, here's how to submit it... Read
We have three copies of Masterclass: Writing Comedy, the new tutorial book by Lesley Bown, to hand out. Enter
We've got some copies of Logan Murray's great book Get Started In Stand-Up to give away. Enter
|Published 12th March
A group of established comedians have set up a new theatre company and school - one which is devoted entirely to improvised comedy. They are now running courses. Read
|Published 12th March
The entry form for the 2015 Amused Moose Laugh Off, a stand-up comedy competition for new acts, is now available. Read
|Published 23rd February
Do you write a funny blog, curate an amusing website or joke a lot on Twitter? If so, here's how to submit your creation to The Dog Doodahs' competition, the UK's Funniest Blogger Awards. Read
|Published 19th February
Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015. Read
|Published 19th February
The Leicester Square Theatre and the Museum of Comedy are running a competition for 'comics who've been around long enough to know better'. Read
|Published November 2014|
|Published November 2014
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
Aspiring comedy writers will have the chance to hone their craft at a conference in Llandudno this weekend. The two-day event, taking place at Venue Cymru, will aim to give budding writers the "chance to find their voice". Those attending will learn about writing for sit coms, stand-up and sketch shows for television, radio and online. Television producer Steve Doherty spoke to BBC Wales and offered his top tips for writing comedy gold.
BBC News, 24th April 2015
Want to write comedy? At an event for Guardian members Irvine Welsh and Jesse Armstrong offered their advice. From making playlists for characters to finding inspiration in the people around you, here's what they shared.
Written by Sian Cain. The Guardian, 23rd April 2015
Some of Britain's finest comedians share their knowledge.
Written by Bruce Dessau. The Independent, 18th April 2015
Budding comedy writers could see one of their sketches performed by professional comedians including South Tyneside's own Jason Cook.
Written by Vicki Newman. Shields Gazette, 7th April 2015
The creator of BBC Two sitcom Hebburn will help judge a new comedy talent search by the Sunday For Sammy Trust, who are offering up to ten comedy writers the chance to have their sketches professionally performed in a joint venture with the Laffalang sketch team.
Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 4th April 2015
How do you introduce a new character into your sitcom? Quickly. That would be my advice.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 2nd April 2015
Whether or not you can learn to be funny is a debate that has been raging since the very first chicken crossed the road...
Written by John Byrne. The Stage, 26th March 2015
Broadcast Now, 24th March 2015
Thomas Ridgewell, aka TomSka, is a long-serving YouTuber - he's been making comedy videos for years. But he says the only way to attract viewers to his vlogs is by being "incredibly, painfully honest".
Written by Amelia Butterly. BBC Newsbeat, 11th March 2015
Kim MacAskill sums up what she learnt from Room to Write and passes on some great advice in 3 Lessons.
Written by Kim MacAskill. BBC Writersroom, 10th March 2015
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!
Jonathan Ross is to present a food-themed comedy panel show pilot. The format is described as 'mouth watering'. Read
The organisers of London Sketchfest ponder why there's hardly any sketch shows on TV nowadays. Read
John Bishop will present a new eight-part comedy and entertainment variety show on BBC One on Saturday nights. Read
Good news. Channel 5 is to start showing British comedy again, following a deal with Comedy Central. Read
Funz And Gamez, Fishbowl and Barbara Nice are amongst the comedy that will be showcased at the BBC event: Read
Jim Howick will star in Stag, a comedy thriller for BBC Two from The Wrong Mans director Jim Field Smith. Read
BBC Two has commissioned Mum, a new sitcom from the writer and producers of hit BBC Three sitcom Him & Her. Read
Kevin Eldon, Johnny Vegas, Kim Cattrall, Vic Reeves and Frank Skinner star in four physical comedies on Sky Arts. Read
Top comedy writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin introduce their new political sitcom, Ballot Monkeys. Read
Channel 4 is bringing back its Alternative Election Night format on 7th May, with Jeremy Paxman & David Mitchell. Read
Robert Ross celebrates the memories of Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, who died on Easter weekend 1992. Read
We talk to one of the writers of Lynda Bellingham sitcoms Second Thoughts & Faith In The Future, now on DVD. Read
Now on a nationwide tour, we talked to Lee Nelson about his plans for the future, politics, and his new look. Read
Channel 4 has ordered a fourth series of Robert Popper's award-winning sitcom Friday Night Dinner. Read
Channel Dave is to broadcast a one-off documentary focusing on Al Murray as he lobbies in the General Election. Read
A sequel to Alan Partridge's smash hit autobiography, I, Partridge, will be published in 2016. Read
CBBC has ordered a 26-part animated sitcom series focused around former Big Breakfast characters Zig & Zag. Read