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.

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

April 'Make It' newsletter

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The Sitcom Mission

The Sitcom Mission

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 looking for comedy film submissions

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

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

Win a copy of the 'Masterclass: Writing Comedy' book

Win a copy of the 'Masterclass: Writing Comedy' book

We have three copies of Masterclass: Writing Comedy, the new tutorial book by Lesley Bown, to hand out. Enter

Win a copy of 'Get Started In Stand-Up'

Win a copy of 'Get Started In Stand-Up'

We've got some copies of Logan Murray's great book Get Started In Stand-Up to give away. Enter

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

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

Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 competition open for entries

Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 competition open for entries

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

UK's Funniest Blogger Awards - nominations open

UK's Funniest Blogger Awards - nominations open

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

North Wales set for 2015 comedy writers conference

North Wales set for 2015 comedy writers conference

Published 19th February

Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015. Read

Old Comedian Of The Year competition announced

Old Comedian Of The Year competition announced

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

What is a joke? - Part 2

What is a joke? - Part 2

Published November 2014

Having tried to explain what a joke is, Dave Cohen prepares Big Comedy Conference delegates with an attempt to explain EVERY type of joke. Read

What is a joke?

What is a joke?

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

Article Archive

External Articles

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

The Roughcut founder Ash Atalla gave an insight into how he broke into TV and revealed The Office may never have been made if his maths ability was better.

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

Coming Soon...

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.

  • Recommended books.

  • 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!

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Message Board: Writers

A forum for comedy writers. Loads of discussion and tips, plus opportunities.

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Message Board: Performers

A forum for stand-up comedians and actors to discuss the industry.

Forums

Message Board: Critique

Got a script or sketch idea? Get honest feedback on it from contemporaries here.

Forums

Message Board: Showcase

Made something funny? Show it off and get it seen via our 'Showcase' forum.

The Sitcom Mission

The Sitcom Mission

An annual comedy writing competition we're involved in. The top prize is £5000!

Company

Production Companies

A list of production companies - use this to look for someone to make your thing.

Writers

Old Writers Area

There's some archive insight and 'how to' articles in our old sitcom writing area.

Jonathan Ross cooking show

Jonathan Ross cooking show

Jonathan Ross is to present a food-themed comedy panel show pilot. The format is described as 'mouth watering'. Read

Missing TV sketch shows?

Missing TV sketch shows?

The organisers of London Sketchfest ponder why there's hardly any sketch shows on TV nowadays. Read

The John Bishop Show

The John Bishop Show

John Bishop will present a new eight-part comedy and entertainment variety show on BBC One on Saturday nights. Read

Channel 5 is back

Channel 5 is back

Good news. Channel 5 is to start showing British comedy again, following a deal with Comedy Central. Read

BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase

BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase

Funz And Gamez, Fishbowl and Barbara Nice are amongst the comedy that will be showcased at the BBC event: Read

Jim Howick to star in Stag

Jim Howick to star in Stag

Jim Howick will star in Stag, a comedy thriller for BBC Two from The Wrong Mans director Jim Field Smith. Read

BBC Two orders 'Mum'

BBC Two orders 'Mum'

BBC Two has commissioned Mum, a new sitcom from the writer and producers of hit BBC Three sitcom Him & Her. Read

Sky Arts slapstick comedies

Sky Arts slapstick comedies

Kevin Eldon, Johnny Vegas, Kim Cattrall, Vic Reeves and Frank Skinner star in four physical comedies on Sky Arts. Read

Ballot Monkeys preview

Ballot Monkeys preview

Top comedy writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin introduce their new political sitcom, Ballot Monkeys. Read

Channel 4's Election Night

Channel 4's Election Night

Channel 4 is bringing back its Alternative Election Night format on 7th May, with Jeremy Paxman & David Mitchell. Read

Frankie and Benny

Frankie and Benny

Robert Ross celebrates the memories of Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill, who died on Easter weekend 1992. Read

Jan Etherington interview

Jan Etherington interview

We talk to one of the writers of Lynda Bellingham sitcoms Second Thoughts & Faith In The Future, now on DVD. Read

Lee Nelson interview

Lee Nelson interview

Now on a nationwide tour, we talked to Lee Nelson about his plans for the future, politics, and his new look. Read

Friday Night Dinner 4

Friday Night Dinner 4

Channel 4 has ordered a fourth series of Robert Popper's award-winning sitcom Friday Night Dinner. Read

Dave's Election Night

Dave's Election Night

Channel Dave is to broadcast a one-off documentary focusing on Al Murray as he lobbies in the General Election. Read

Alan Partridge book sequel

Alan Partridge book sequel

A sequel to Alan Partridge's smash hit autobiography, I, Partridge, will be published in 2016. Read

Zig and Zag are back!

Zig and Zag are back!

CBBC has ordered a 26-part animated sitcom series focused around former Big Breakfast characters Zig & Zag. Read

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale interview

Kevin McHale talks about how he nearly said no to hosting Virtually Famous, and panel shows in the USA. Read

See Also:

Newsletter

'Make It' Newsletter

Sign up to our email newsletter to get writing & performing news, tips, etc.

Forums

Message Board: Writers

A forum for comedy writers. Loads of discussion and tips, plus opportunities.

Forums

Message Board: Performers

A forum for stand-up comedians and actors to discuss the industry.

Forums

Message Board: Critique

Got a script or sketch idea? Get honest feedback on it from contemporaries here.

Forums

Message Board: Showcase

Made something funny? Show it off and get it seen via our 'Showcase' forum.

The Sitcom Mission

The Sitcom Mission

An annual comedy writing competition we're involved in. The top prize is £5000!

Company

Production Companies

A list of production companies - use this to look for someone to make your thing.

Writers

Old Writers Area

There's some archive insight and 'how to' articles in our old sitcom writing area.