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.
|Published 14th October|
|Published 6th October
Artists are being invited to produce a piece of art inspired by According To Yes, the new novel from Dawn French. The winner will receive a prize package which includes a £1,500 bursary. Read
|Published 6th October|
|Published 16th September
Sky's Head Of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden, has announced she is leaving the network to return to producing her own shows. Read Stuart Murphy's email in full. Read
|Published 10th September|
|Published 3rd July
A new podcast series in which James Cary and Dave Cohen talk about sitcom writing. Listen
|Published 12th June|
|Published 22nd May
BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read
|Published 15th May
Laura Marks, the producer and director behind the BBC's Room To Write video monologues, shares some insight and advice here. Read
|Published 11th May
Stand-up comedian and live comedy promoter Barry Ferns writes on the topic of what it means to 'make it' in comedy. Think carefully about your end goals... Read
The executive producer of BBC4's Detectorists is to join Talkback as its first head of comedy. Jonno Richards will join the Fremantle Media label in January.
Written by Alex Farber. Broadcast, 25th November 2015
Here's the one advantage the writer has over the writer-performer. The writer can write about anything. Anything at all. Any one. Any time. Any place. Any where. You have freedom. FREEDOM!
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 19th November 2015
Award-winning actor, writer and comedian, Ben Keaton has teamed up with fellow comedian and businessman Paul Mutagejja to create The Lincoln Comedy Academy.
Lincolnshire Echo, 18th November 2015
Sitcoms are not made to order, because nobody knows that they want. And nobody has any way of knowing what they want. Because the audience doesn't know what it wants. Until it sees it.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 16th November 2015
Comedy talent hunt won by one of the gatekeepers.
Chortle, 11th November 2015
Jon Mountague has been appointed as Sky's Head of Comedy, with immediate effect.
Sky, 11th November 2015
The reasons why those 249 scripts get rejected are many and varied. It's all subjective, but those scripts will almost all be of very good quality.
Written by Matt Tiller. 10th November 2015
As Peep Show prepares for its ninth and final season, co-creator Sam Bain explains how to write a hit sitcom - and when to stop.
Written by Miranda Collinge. Esquire Magazine, 4th November 2015
A new comedy writing scheme for Scotland.
BBC Writersroom, 3rd November 2015
There is a long running debate in comedy about whether comic characters need to be likeable.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 28th October 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!
Stewart Lee is to publish a new book. Content Provider will feature a selection of his newspaper columns. Read
BBC2 has announced Insert Name Here. Sue Perkins hosts, with captains Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe. Read
John Cleese is to oversee the first official Fawlty Towers stage adaptation in Australia next year. Read
Sky Arts is making 12 scripted festive comedy short episodes featuring up-and-coming comic actors. Read
We have three copies of Mrs. Brown's Boys latest live stage show to give away on Blu-ray. Get involved. Enter
Russell Kane talks to BCG about growing up, being mistaken for other people, and his future comedy ambitions. Read
The programme for Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival - which runs from 3rd to 21st February 2016 - is out: Read
Japanese stand-up Yuriko Kotani has won the 2015 BBC Radio New Comedy Award, after a public vote. Read
Hit ITV comedy drama Cold Feet is to return for a brand new sixth series, it has been confirmed. Read
Car Share, Catastrophe, Detectorists and Inside No. 9, are amongst the nominees for the Broadcast Awards 2016. Read
We've three copies of Keith Lemon's Back T'Future Tribute to give away, in limited edition 1985-style packaging. Enter
Double act Max Olesker and Ivan Gonzalez introduce their live show via a copy of a map of where their creations live. Read
Bring The Noise regular panellist Katherine Ryan talks about some of her favourite music in this interview. Read
ITV has ordered a second series of Play To The Whistle, the sports-focused panel show hosted by Holly Willoughby. Read
We talk to Daniel O'Reilly, best known for his controversial comedy persona Dapper Laughs. It's an interesting chat. Read
The nominations for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016 have been announced. John Finnemore has three nods. Read
BBC One is to revive The Good Life, Are You Being Served?, Up Pompeii!, Keeping Up Appearances and Porridge. Read