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.

Big Comedy Conference

Big Comedy Conference 2014

How to get on in TV and radio comedy writing - the best practical advice from the biggest names in UK comedy.

On Saturday 29th November 2014 we're running a day packed with talks, workshops and script sessions for comedy writers.

Find out more here. Full Details

Stand-up course diary: Part 1

Stand-up course diary: Part 1

Published 23rd October

A blog from Craig Beadle discussing what caused him to decide to sign up to a stand-up course. Read

Simon Nye joins Big Comedy Conference line-up

Simon Nye joins Big Comedy Conference line-up

Published 22nd October

Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye is amongst the latest speakers announced for November's Big Comedy Conference. Details

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

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

Enter the Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Enter the Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Published 7th October

Entry is now open for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2015. The heats start in mid-January. Read

Christmas Cracker joke competition

Christmas Cracker joke competition

Published 7th October

TV channel Gold has launched its 2014 search for the best new Christmas cracker jokes. Send your best festive gags to them via Twitter for a chance to win a £1500 holiday. Read

Over 55? Enter the Silver Stand-Up Competition

Over 55? Enter the Silver Stand-Up Competition

Published 30th September

The organisers of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival have launched their 2015 Silver Comedy stand-up competition, aimed at those aged over 55. Read

Video: Cardinal Burns offer some comedy tips

Video: Cardinal Burns offer some comedy tips

Published 20th September

In this video, double-act Cardinal Burns offer insight and tips on how to create a sketch show. Watch

Hobgoblin Comedy Award 2014 - Last call for entries

Hobgoblin Comedy Award 2014 - Last call for entries

Published 18th September

The search for the next British comedy talent is underway. Do you have what it takes to win the Hobgoblin Comedy Award? Entry closes on Monday. Read

Cofilmic festival to include big cash award for a winning video

Cofilmic festival to include big cash award for a winning video

Published 3rd September

The COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival has teamed up with Wildseed Studios to offer a £10,000 Production Award to nurture comedy filmmakers. Read

BBC Radio Comedy organising comedy writing information sessions

BBC Radio Comedy organising comedy writing information sessions

Published 28th August

As part of this year's BBC Radio New Comedy Award, BBC Radio Comedy will be running comedy writing information sessions in London and Manchester. Read

Article Archive

External Articles

Ever fancied writing comedy for the wireless? Give Gabby Hutchinson Crouch a Jelly Baby and she'll tell you how.

Written by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch. Standard Issue, 24th October 2014

ITV comedy commissioner Saskia Schuster wants to work with new writers as she bids to fill slots across the commercial broadcaster's main channel and ITV2.

Written by Matthew Campelli. Broadcast, 23rd October 2014

The serious business of bringing comedy to the TV screen will be brought to life by the creators of BBC hits Twenty Twelve and W1A, along with Blackadder and QI producer John Lloyd at a major conference next month.

Written by Shelina Begum. Manchester Evening News, 22nd October 2014

I'm one of the people lucky enough to have won a place on the BBC's Room to Write scheme.

Written by Keiron Nicholson. BBC Writersroom, 20th October 2014

Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor Comedy and Fiction, BBC Radio 4 and Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Extra has decided to leave the BBC early next spring.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 20th October 2014

It's the big day. Well, maybe not the big day, but it's a day. Judgement day. For you and your script. All the cast are sitting around a big table, along with the producer, director and half a dozen others who do stuff you haven't quite figured out yet, but they seem to know who you are.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 18th October 2014

Funny guys: Dealing with comedians like Ross Noble, Mark Thomas and Dylan Moran is all in a day's work for Shaun Almey, a Lincoln-based independent booking agent for comedy shows.

Written by Shaun Almey. Lincolnshire Echo, 11th October 2014

I talked to Lucien Young, who's been working on Siblings.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 29th September 2014

Now, I by no means think that I am the Dalai Llama of comedy; sitting on a mountain and dishing out comedy wisdom but I thought this might help anyone thinking of stepping into the intimidating world of standing up. I have been acting funny for five years and doing funnies with my sketch group Vinegar (formerly Vinegar Knickers) for three years although when it comes to stand up comedy I am a newbie! So why am I writing tips? Well, over the last 10 months of newbiedom I have found out some useful tit-bits that might help anyone starting out or might just be amusing reading. So here goes...

Written by Samantha Baines. The Huffington Post, 16th September 2014

So, if you've been involved in generating ideas for someone else's sitcom, or been part of a gag pass, or the show creator is your brother. Whatever. You've been asked to write an episode. Now what?

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th September 2014

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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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.

Ricky Gervais film

Ricky Gervais film

Ricky Gervais will write and direct Special Correspondents, a new movie about a war correspondent. Read

Battle Of Britain sketch

Battle Of Britain sketch

The Battle Of Britain ended 74 years ago today. Here's outspoken Winston Churchill talking about it. Watch

10 Halloween Puns

10 Halloween Puns

Laugh at the scary. Here's 10 Halloween-based puns from Darren Walsh, the UK's pun champion. Read

Robert Webb's new show

Robert Webb's new show

Robert Webb will host the pilot episode for a new television quiz show, it has been revealed. Read

The Tartan Special One

The Tartan Special One

Jocky the cult character from The Tartan Special One book offers his thoughts on Scotland having voted no. Read

Cofilmic 2014 winners

Cofilmic 2014 winners

Watch the winners of the Cofilmic Awards 2014 here, including This Glorious Monster and The Butcher. Watch

Tom Rosenthal hosts pilot

Tom Rosenthal hosts pilot

Comedian Tom Rosenthal is to host a comedy pilot focusing on social media and our online behaviour. Read

Disappointing World

Disappointing World

Radio 4 will pilot a new comedy about disappointment and failure, hosted by Liam Mullone. Read

Live At The Apollo S10

Live At The Apollo S10

The full line-up of hosts and guests for the tenth series of Live At The Apollo, starting next month. Browse

The Lost Hancocks interview

The Lost Hancocks interview

Kevin McNally talks about taking on the role of legendary comedian Tony Hancock in The Missing Hancocks. Read

Jim Davidson competition

Jim Davidson competition

Win tickets to see Jim Davidson's stand-up show in London on Saturday 22nd of November. Enter

James Acaster interview

James Acaster interview

An interview with 'low energy' stand-up comedian James Acaster, who has been having a great year. Read

What's your rapper name?

What's your rapper name?

Find out what your rapper name is, via this tool designed by Curtis from TV sketch show Cardinal Burns. Try It

Clubbed To Death

Clubbed To Death

A funny satirical short story featuring the characters of new book Clubbed To Death reacting to a problem. Read

Manford in The Producers

Manford in The Producers

Jason Manford is to star as Leo Bloom in the new UK tour of the hit Broadway musical The Producers. Read

Miranda to end

Miranda to end

Miranda Hart has confirmed that the two Christmas specials of her hit sitcom will be the show's finale. Read

At Last The 1948 Show found

At Last The 1948 Show found

Two missing episodes of pre-Monty Python sketch series At Last The 1948 Show have been discovered. Read

Brendon Burns on RHLSTP

Brendon Burns on RHLSTP

Outspoken stand-up comic Brendon Burns is the guest on this week's episode of Richard Herring's podcast. Listen

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.