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.

Why Comedy Video Websites Fail

Why Comedy Video Websites Fail

Marc Burrows - who has worked for Comedybox, MySpace and Funny Or Die - explains why websites based around comedy videos keep failing. Read

BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 winners announced

BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 winners announced

The winning scripts and writers in the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 writing contest have been revealed. Read

Raindance launches web pilot competition

Raindance launches web pilot competition

Published 29th July

Raindance Film Festival has announces the return of its Web Fest with the launch of web series pilot competition. Read

Laughing Horse New Act 2014 competition entry form

Laughing Horse New Act 2014 competition entry form

Published 28th July

Entries are now open for the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2014 contest, one of the UK's major stand-up competitions open to new talent. Read

Submissions open for COFILMIC 2014

Submissions open for COFILMIC 2014

Published 18th July

The annual COFILMIC Film Festival has opened submissions for its 2014 competition. Read

iShorts+ fund launched for female comedy directors

iShorts+ fund launched for female comedy directors

Published 15th July

iShorts+: Funny Girls, a funding programme launched with the production companies Big Talk and Baby Cow, has £50,000 to invest in narrative short films helmed by female filmmakers. Read

BBC New Comedy Award 2014 entry form

BBC New Comedy Award 2014 entry form

Published 12th June

The entry form to take part in the BBC New Comedy Award stand-up competition is now online. Read

Enter Leicester Square Theatre 2014 competition

Enter Leicester Square Theatre 2014 competition

Published 10th June

Entry is now open for the Leicester Square Theatre's New Comedian Of The Year 2014 competition. Read

What's it like to get 7m views on your YouTube video?

What's it like to get 7m views on your YouTube video?

Published 30th May

An interview with Lauris Beinerts, the publisher of a YouTube sketch which will soon pass the 7,000,000 views mark. Read

Channels announce comedy executive changes

Channels announce comedy executive changes

Published 29th May

The BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 have all announced changes to their comedy commissioning teams, as executives move been networks. Read

Article Archive

External Articles

So, do some homework. Work out the rules of the show. Think of some stories that put the big star of the show in stories that matter to the character - but also involve big funny set-piece scenes.

Written by James Cary. 19th August 2014

BBC Radio has been accused of "undervaluing" writers after the Corporation increased minimum rates of pay by just 1% for creators of audio comedy and drama.

Written by Nicola Merrifield. The Stage, 13th August 2014

Think you could get up on a stage in front of a room of strangers and deliver gag after gag, day after day and week after week? Think again.

Written by Bruce Dessau. The Telegraph, 11th August 2014

The Fringe gives you experience of writing for an audience who don't know you personally, or you work.

Written by James Cary. 5th August 2014

Because of the rigid TV calendar in America, there's a deadline. A line by which a script must be submitted or it is dead. There is no such thing in the UK.

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

Ben Farrell, currently Head of Comedy at Objective Productions, is to join the BBC's In-house comedy department as an executive producer.

BBC Press Office, 7th July 2014

Today's blog is given over to Joel Soetendorp, a comedy writer you've probably never heard of but who is very successfully making a living at writing comedy.

Written by Dave Cohen. 3rd July 2014

There were common mistakes too... Too few jokes in a sketch. Obviously it is good if a sketch is built around a funny concept but it also needs lots of jokes throughout the sketch.

BBC Writersroom, 20th June 2014

Our writer tries to get laughs from total strangers - would she get funnier after a masterclass from Lucy Porter?

Written by Leah Green. The Guardian, 19th June 2014

How to do Exposition.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th June 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

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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.

E4 gets some Chewing Gum

E4 gets some Chewing Gum

E4 has ordered a new comedy series called Chewing Gum, written by and starring Michaela Coel. Read

Roy Chubby Brown is bad!

Roy Chubby Brown is bad!

A police camera has caught comedian Roy Chubby Brown reading a newspaper whilst driving. Read

Backchat moves to BBC Two

Backchat moves to BBC Two

Jack Whitehall and his dad will move to BBC Two for a second series of Backchat. Read

Jonny Sweet's BBC3 series

Jonny Sweet's BBC3 series

BBC Three has ordered a new comedy series called Together. The show is written by & stars Jonny Sweet. Read

BBC Three gets Top Coppers

BBC Three gets Top Coppers

BBC Three has ordered Top Coppers, a 'silly, gag-filled, action comedy' which follows two police detectives. Read

Fried gets a series

Fried gets a series

Fried, a BBC Comedy Feeds sitcom pilot set in a low-rent fast food chain shop, has been given a series. Read

BBC3 orders Josh series

BBC3 orders Josh series

BBC Three has ordered a full series of Josh, the sitcom starring and co-written by Josh Widdicombe. Read

Harry Hill's new show

Harry Hill's new show

Harry Hill will host a reboot of singing show Stars In Their Eyes. ITV wants to do more comedy too. Read

Pre-Gig Notes: Photos

Pre-Gig Notes: Photos

A photo gallery providing an intimate insight into the pre-gig routines and notes of some of comedians. Read

Foster's Award Nominees

Foster's Award Nominees

The shortlists for the prestigious Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014 is here: Read

WitTank get E4 sitcom pilot

WitTank get E4 sitcom pilot

The sketch group WitTank, stars of Live At The Electric, are now developing a sitcom project for E4. Read

New show for Hugh Dennis

New show for Hugh Dennis

Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis is to appear in You Should See My Family, a new hybrid comedy format. Read

Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan

Stand-up Romesh Ranganathan talk schools, comedy writing advice and more in this interview. Read

Adam Hills new panel show

Adam Hills new panel show

Channel 4 are to pilot a new panel show format hosted by Adam Hills called Welcome To My World. Read

Stuart Goldsmith interview

Stuart Goldsmith interview

An interview with stand-up comedian and podcast host Stuart Goldsmith. What is his own masterplan? Read

SYTYF? finalists

SYTYF? finalists

Profiles of the nine new stand-up comedians taking part in the So You Think You're Funny? final. Read

The Full Monty live show

The Full Monty live show

Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn and Louis Emerick are amongst the stars for The Full Monty live UK tour. Read

Top 10 Fringe jokes 2014

Top 10 Fringe jokes 2014

Tim Vine has won the award for the funniest joke at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe festival. Top 10 gag

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.