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.
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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Published 19th February
Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015. Read
|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
"Jealousy and envy - the only two reasons I write," a friend posted on Facebook recently.
Written by Dave Cohen. 2nd July 2015
Cariad Lloyd talks to comedy producer Jo Sargent (in her only ever interview) about nurturing talent.
Written by Cariad Lloyd. Standard Issue, 2nd July 2015
The world probably doesn't need another podcast about writing, television or sitcoms. But we didn't ask. I've teamed up with Dave Cohen and started one about the art of writing sitcoms for television, with an eye (or ear?) to radio as well. It is kindly hosted by the British Comedy Guide, and produced by Katie Storey. Episode 1 is out now and you can listen to it here (via Soundcloud, iTunes, etc).
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 1st July 2015
Magners is launching a search to find the UK's best new comedian.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 30th June 2015
Performers' union Equity today officially launched its comedians' network to fight for fairer conditions for stand-ups. The move follows the formation of the UK Comedy Guild, which aims to settle disputes informally, while the Equity group has the legal backing of a trade union.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 24th June 2015
How should we approach actions lines? Exactly the same way as you'd approach dialogue. Allow me to explain.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 23rd June 2015
S4C and BBC Radio Cymru will work together this year to develop comedy-writing talent in the Welsh language by staging a Sgript Slam Gomedi - a comedy script slam - at the Maldwyn a'r Gororau National Eisteddfod 2015 this August.
BBC Media Centre, 17th June 2015
As far back as I can remember, I've been writing.
Written by Patrick Coyle. BBC Writersroom, 16th June 2015
A new organisation has been launched today, aiming to protect stand-up comedians' rights. The UK Comedy Guild claims to be the first organisation in the history of the industry specifically dedicated to protecting the rights of people working in UK Comedy.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 6th June 2015
So, Kate Rowland is a hard act to follow, but someone has to do it! And I have just taken over from Kate as Head of BBC Writersroom.
Written by Anne Edyvean. BBC Writersroom, 3rd June 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!
Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read
John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read
Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen
Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read
The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read
Joanna Lumley is working on a new show for Sky Television. Thought to be a sitcom, the title is Harmony. Read
Radio 4 has given the greenlight for five more lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be re-recorded this July. Read
David Walliams is reportedly working on a sitcom based around a TV talent show, inspired by Britain's Got Talent. Read
John Thomson, in character as Bernard Righton, will present an archive stand-up show on TV channel Gold. Read
Sharon Rooney, the star of My Mad Fat Diary, talks about the final series of the comedy drama. Read
We have three copies of new ITV sitcom The Delivery Man to give away. It stars Darren Boyd as a midwife. Enter
Si Hawkins explains why he often enjoys work-in-progress stand-up gigs more than the resultant polished tour show. Read
Catastrophe, the sitcom created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, has been sold to TV stations across the world. Read
Sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop talk to BCG ahead of recording their first radio series. Get free tickets too: Read
It has been confirmed The British Comedy Awards are leaving Channel 4, to move to a new network this December. Read
Nick Frost's is writing a book about his life. Truths, Half Truths and Utter Bullshit will be released in October. Read
The BBC Radio New Comedy Award is back. The form to enter the 2015 contest is now available to fill in. Read