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.

Video: Cardinal Burns offer some comedy tips

Video: Cardinal Burns offer some comedy tips

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

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

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

Why Comedy Video Websites Fail

Why Comedy Video Websites Fail

Published 13th August

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

Published 6th August

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

Article Archive

External Articles

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

The Comedy Trust, the organisers of the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival, are now recruiting for their latest Comedy Course for Beginners.

Liverpool Echo, 8th September 2014

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

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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The Sitcom Mission

The Sitcom Mission

An annual comedy writing competition we're involved in. The top prize is £5000!

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A list of production companies - use this to look for someone to make your thing.

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Old Writers Area

There's some archive insight and 'how to' articles in our old sitcom writing area.

London Hughes blog

London Hughes blog

London Hughes describes how she had to turn herself into a horrid diva for ITV2 show Bad Bridesmaid. Read

Axis of Awesome interview

Axis of Awesome interview

Musical comedy group Axis of Awesome talk about their UK tour, and their elaborate YouTube series. Read

The Job Lot inteviews

The Job Lot inteviews

The cast of The Job Lot talk about the second series of the sitcom set around a Job Centre. Read

Taskmaster coming to TV

Taskmaster coming to TV

Alex Horne and Greg Davies will star in Taskmaster, a new show for channel Dave in 2015. Read

The Revolution 3

The Revolution 3

Hit BBC Three satirical prank show The Revolution Will Be Televised returns to screens in October. Read

Peter Kay's new role?

Peter Kay's new role?

A newspaper report suggests Peter Kay will play the father in Danny Baker's Cradle To Grave. Read

Comedy Knights 2014 winner

Comedy Knights 2014 winner

Dave Green has been named the winner of the Comedy Knights 2014 stand-up comedy competition. Read

Toast Of London wins award

Toast Of London wins award

Matt Berry's Channel 4 sitcom Toast Of London has won ae prestigious Rose d'Or TV award. Read

New Danger Mouse stars

New Danger Mouse stars

Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon and Dave Lamb will voice the new series of Danger Mouse. Read

New sitcom Undercover

New sitcom Undercover

TV channel Dave has announced it has ordered Undercover, a new sitcom about a covert police officer. Read

Job Lot Series 2 interviews

Job Lot Series 2 interviews

Interviews with all the key cast members of The Job Lot, as Series 2 prepares to start on ITV2. Read

Jack Whitehall Feeling Nuts

Jack Whitehall Feeling Nuts

Jack Whitehall is to host Feeling Nuts, a one-off Channel 4 comedy show for testicular cancer. Read

Jon Richardson gets engaged

Jon Richardson gets engaged

Jon Richardson has asked his girlfriend - fellow stand-up Lucy Beaumont - to marry him. Read

Still Open All Hours

Still Open All Hours

A full series of Still Open All Hours is now filming with cameras rolling in Doncaster, & studio dates booked: Read

Bad Education interviews

Bad Education interviews

The cast of Bad Education talk about what looks set to be the final series of the hit school sitcom. Read

W1A to return for Series 2

W1A to return for Series 2

W1A, the sitcom which mocks the BBC's management culture, is to return for a second series in 2015. Read

Bad Bridesmaid - Holly Burn

Bad Bridesmaid - Holly Burn

Holly Burn talks about how her cover was almost blown whilst filming on ITV2 show Bad Bridesmaid. Read

Is a Scottish kilt a skirt?

Is a Scottish kilt a skirt?

Extract from eBay. A Scottish seller gets into an argument over whether his kilt is technically a skirt. Read

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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.