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.
After our Big Comedy Conference on 30th November, we take a look at some of the newly-published books from the esteemed list of speakers. Read
|Published 30th October
The Musical Comedy Awards - the competition aiming to locate and support up-and-coming musical comics - is now open for entries for the 2014 contest. The deadline is 15th December. Read
|Published 14th October
If you're hoping for a career in comedy, deciding if and when to give up the day job and commit to comedy is one of the most difficult decisions you'll ever make. Here's advice from Dave Cohen. Read
|Published 7th October
We're continuing to announce more speakers for The Big Comedy Conference on 30th November. Names added in the last week include stand-up Gary Delaney, writer/actor John Finnemore, critic Bruce Dessau, producer Caroline Norris and writer Freddy Syborn. Details
|Published 7th October
Entry is now open for the NATYS 2014, the stand-up and sketch showcase which has run since 1983. The London-based auditions start this October and run until December. Read
|Published 1st October|
|Published 25th September
The British Comedy Guide is proud to announce The Big Comedy Conference. A packed day of lively talks and workshops for those looking to further their career in the comedy industry. It takes place in London on 30th November 2013. Read
|Published 7th August|
|Published 7th August
Are you a stand-up comedian? Would you like to perform at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London? Here's a competition to support Billy Pearce on stage. Read
|Published 24th July
Here's three videos in which writers and producers talk about the art of making a British comedy feature film. Read
There are ten days left to enter the 2014 Musical Comedy Awards.
Written by Andrew Mickel. Such Small Portions, 5th December 2013
I've been asked about how much say a writer gets in casting, what happens if the scene isn't being played as you'd hoped, or what you do if a line is being delivered incorrectly.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 4th December 2013
Like a chef who takes fresh ingredients and prefers to do as little as possible to them, laid-back storyteller and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly is a comic who likes to leave his real-life stories a little 'unwritten'.
London Is Funny, 27th November 2013
People are oddly curious about how a writer actually goes about writing.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 25th November 2013
On Series 2 of Bluestone 42, Richard and I spent months thinking up. researching and sifting stories, finding funny moments, beats and lines, and then making sure each story, beat and moment was underpinned with truth and logic.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 20th November 2013
Quite often, I find, when you're storylining a new show, some characters generate stories and seem to end up in the thick of the action, and other characters you thought were going to be funny or useful fall by the wayside.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 19th November 2013
BBC Writersroom have launched their brand new e-submissions system - allowing writers to submit their scripts to the BBC online for the first time.
BBC Press Office, 18th November 2013
Stephen Merchant's guide to creating the perfect sitcom...
The Big Issue, 13th November 2013
Everybody, well nearly everybody who does stand-up, should, at some point, give up.
Written by Dave Cohen. Chortle, 12th November 2013
After nearly a decade of being one of our finest gagsmiths, LiF favourite Josh Howie has embraced storytelling - and faced his writing demons. About the ideal candidate for the 'How I write' series, then.
Written by Josh Howie. London Is Funny, 12th November 2013
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!
BBC Four has ordered another run of Some People With Jokes. This time the categories include undertakers. Read
Channel 4 has ordered a second series of Toast Of London, Matt Berry's sitcom about a bad actor. Read
The BBC is working on W1A, a spin-off from hit sitcom Twenty Twelve. The characters work at the BBC. Read
Channel 4 has scheduled a night of programming around The IT Crowd. Vote for your favourite. Read
BBC One has commissioned Stan And Ollie, a comedy drama about Laurel & Hardy's 1953 tour of the UK. Read
The nominees for The British Comedy Awards 2013 have been announced. See the full list here. Read
BBC One has today confirmed the commission of a third series of hit studio sitcom, Citizen Khan Read
Win tickets to be at The British Comedy Awards, and mingle with the stars at the after show party! Read
The League of Gentlemen performed live sketches together last night as part of a star-studded gig. Read
Comedy legend-studded sitcom Grey Mates has been commissioned for a full series on BBC One. Read
Tim Minchin and Kayvan Novak will star in a BBC sitcom pilot, 88 Keys, about a "loudmouth cocktail pianist". Read
Who will be the King Or Queen Of Comedy at the British Comedy Awards 2013? A look at the nominees. Read
An interview with the creators behind Death Ship 666!, the hit disaster parody play now in the West End. Read
Glaswegian stand-up Arnold Brown is aiming to make a semi-fictionalised film of his life via crowdfunding. Read
New regional TV channel London Live has announced further details of its original comedy commissions. Read
Comedy Central has ordered a third new studio sitcom pilot, called Operation Slut. Read
Vote for Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall, Lee Mack or Sarah Millican. Read