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

May 'Make It' newsletter

Here's our 'Make It' newsletter, sent to inboxes in mid-May. It features lots of news, insight and opportunities. Read   Subscribe

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

Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne new BBC Radio Contract Writers

Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne new BBC Radio Contract Writers

BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read

Room To Write producer and director interview

Room To Write producer and director interview

Laura Marks, the producer and director behind the BBC's Room To Write video monologues, shares some insight and advice here. Read

An article on 'making it' in comedy

An article on 'making it' in comedy

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

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

Published 16th April

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

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

Article Archive

External Articles

Steve Bugeja is a writer and stand up comedian, who won the 2013 BBC Radio New Comedy Award. He has a number of projects currently in development including his debut Edinburgh Festival show 'Day Release' which he is set to perform this August.

Written by Steve Bugeja. BBC Writersroom, 29th May 2015

Shazia Ashraf is a writer and director who, after not seeing enough work around for BAME communities, founded My Big Phat Writers Group (@mbpwg) a group that supports BAME scripts.

Written by Shazia Ashraf. BBC Writersroom, 27th May 2015

The death of a Whitley Bay musician has inspirited a search for the region's best comedy scriptwriters. North East charity The Sunday for Sammy Trust are offering up to ten comedy writers the chance to have their sketches professionally performed, in conjunction with the Laffalang team.

Written by Nic Wright. Giggle Beats, 19th May 2015

You watch a sitcom. It's bad. You ask how it happened. Surely they realised? How did the producer deliver the show to the channel and not know they've delivered a stinker? Here are some responses.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 18th May 2015

In 'blag a comedy expert' 37 we welcome a genuine industry expert in the form of human funnyman Adam Kay.

Bad Scents Of Humour, 15th May 2015

Our Script Room for unsolicited scripts is open twice a year, once for Comedy and once for Drama. The most recent Comedy Script Room closed last month. Since then our team of freelance Script Readers have been busy ...

Written by Sally Scott. BBC Writersroom, 14th May 2015

Comedy Central UK has hired Buzzfeed's Philly Byrne as digital director as it looks to continue developing its online presence.

Written by Khidr Suleman. PR Week, 14th May 2015

I find it difficult to think of extreme stories when plotting a sitcom episode and here is one possible reason: the genre.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 6th May 2015

Chuck Wendig has a brilliant blog and a recent post is very insightful - and visceral - about storytelling. In short, your protagonist needs to make things worse. And worse. And worse.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 6th May 2015

In 2012 I gave myself an ultimatum. Sell a piece of writing within twelve months or give up comedy once and for all.

Written by Max Davis. BBC Ariel, 6th May 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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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.

Greg Davies interview

Greg Davies interview

Comedy giant Greg Davies talks about the second series of his hit Channel 4 sitcom, Man Down. Read

Del Boy's autobiography

Del Boy's autobiography

Ebury will publish the autobiography of Peckham businessman Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in October. Read

Antiques shop sitcom Bull

Antiques shop sitcom Bull

UKTV Gold is to film Bull, a new studio audience sitcom about a man who runs an antiques shop. Read

New sitcom Marley's Ghosts

New sitcom Marley's Ghosts

UKTV channel Gold has ordered Marley's Ghosts, a 3-part sitcom about a woman who can speak to the dead. Read

Gold making Henry IX sitcom

Gold making Henry IX sitcom

Porridge writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have written Henry IX, a new sitcom for UKTV Gold. Read

Vicious 2 interviews

Vicious 2 interviews

The cast of Vicious talk about the return of the sitcom, and how the topic of gay marriage crops up in the show. Read

Buzzcocks axed

Buzzcocks axed

BBC Two has decided to end Never Mind The Buzzcocks after 18 years and 28 series on air. Read

Trigger Happy TV to return

Trigger Happy TV to return

Channel 4 has confirmed it is in talks to bring back Dom Joly's hidden camera comedy format Trigger Happy TV. Read

Omid Djalili interview

Omid Djalili interview

Omid Djalili discusses his acclaimed war documentary, plus Oliver Reed, tricky Joe Orton plays, bad TV recordings... Read

BBC Radio Contract Writers

BBC Radio Contract Writers

BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read

Ben Miller Horrible Science

Ben Miller Horrible Science

Ben Miller is to star in Horrible Science, a new children's comedy-entertainment series for Children's ITV. Read

Sketchorama Series 4 acts

Sketchorama Series 4 acts

Isy Suttie will host acts including The Penny Dreadfuls, Frisky & Mannish, and Gein's Family Giftshop. Read

Hadrian's Wall charity gigs

Hadrian's Wall charity gigs

A 15-strong collective of comedians are hoping to raise more than laughs when they tackle Hadrian's Wall. Read

Catherine Tate's Nan

Catherine Tate's Nan

Catherine Tate is to return as her foul-mouthed OAP character Nan. She is set to record two specials for BBC TV. Read

Cast for BBC thriller Stag

Cast for BBC thriller Stag

Reece Shearsmith, Rufus Jones, Tim Key and Sharon Rooney are amongst the cast for BBC2 comic thriller Stag. Read

Knight & Gotobed interview

Knight & Gotobed interview

An interview with double act Rob Gotobed and Tony Knight. They provide lots of punchline filled answers. Read

Morecambe & Wise sitcom

Morecambe & Wise sitcom

Historian Graham McCann has revealed an aborted Morecambe & Wise sitcom pilot. Read

Flat TV gets full series

Flat TV gets full series

Tom Rosenthal and Naz Osmanoglu's Comedy Feeds sitcom Flat TV has been commissioned for a full series. 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.