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.

Doc Brown to mentor comedians via Noise website

Doc Brown to mentor comedians via Noise website

Comedy writer and performer Doc Brown will offer mentorship and career guidance via the website NoiseFestival.com Read

BBC launches free comedy writing e-book

BBC launches free comedy writing e-book

Published 12th March

The BBC has launched a free interactive 'Writing For Radio Comedy' book. It aims to teach aspiring comedy writers 'all the tricks of the trade'. Read

BBC Scotland launches Room To Write

BBC Scotland launches Room To Write

Published 3rd March

BBC Scotland has launched a scheme in which 10-20 comedy writers will work with them to create 'the next wave of Scottish comedy shows'. They are holding workshops in Scotland in May. Read

Birthday card caption competition

Birthday card caption competition

Published 27th February

The retailer Brainbox Candy is running a caption competition to design a new birthday card. The winner will earn 10% of the royalties. The deadline is 31st March 2014. Read

Samsung seeks undiscovered film makers

Samsung seeks undiscovered film makers

Published 24th February

Interested in making comedy films? Samsung is running 'Launching People', an initiative to find undiscovered talent. Read

'So You Think You're Funny?' 2014 open for entries

'So You Think You're Funny?' 2014 open for entries

Published 17th January

The entry form is now available for So You Think You're Funny?, the prestigious stand-up competition for acts who have been performing for less than a year. Read

Comedy Writing Conference in Wales on 22nd February 2014

Comedy Writing Conference in Wales on 22nd February 2014

Published 15th January

A conference for comedy writers is being held in Llandudno, North Wales, on the 22nd February 2014. Speakers include David Nobbs, John Finnemore and Radio 4 boss Caroline Raphael. Read

The Sitcom Mission 2014

The Sitcom Mission 2014

Published 13th January

The Sitcom Mission comedy writing competition is back. Have you got what it takes to write a great script? Here's a blog from last year's winners, Those Three Girls. Read

Edinburgh Fringe 2014 schedule for acts

Edinburgh Fringe 2014 schedule for acts

Published 11th January

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may be eight months away, but if you're thinking of performing there in 2014 you need to start your preparations now. Here's a handy schedule to follow. Read

Enter the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014 stand-up contest

Enter the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014 stand-up contest

Published 2nd January

Entry is now open for the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014 stand-up competition. The qualifying rounds start in London at the end of January. Read

Article Archive

External Articles

UKTV has hired former BBC and Comedy Central exec Simon Lupton to help spearhead their push into scripted originals.

Written by Patrick Munn. TV Wise, 16th April 2014

Dave Spikey is backing a search to find the town's next big comic talent. The award-winning comedian will be on the judging panel for the final of Comedy Club, which was launched on April Fool's Day by Crompton Place shopping centre and the Octagon theatre.

The Bolton News, 13th April 2014

I've had cause to revisit a phrase that has always irritated me, the first one every writer is told when they are starting out, which is 'write what you know.'

Written by Dave Cohen. 9th April 2014

He's not just an masterful stand-up John Gordillo, is also regarded as a scholar of the trade, so aspiring comics - read on...

Written by John Gordillo. London Is Funny, 4th April 2014

As we approach the end of the latest series of Newsjack, you may be wondering what the point is, now, of a blog piece on comedy sketch writing.

Written by Dave Cohen. 3rd April 2014

Pitch your stories using the 'Goldilocks principle' - you should be able to tell your story with the same level of simplicity and causality.

Written by Carole Solazzo. BBC Writersroom, 1st April 2014

The Knowledge spoke to BBC comedy commissioner Chris Sussman about what kind of shows he's looking for in 2014 and how writers with funny bones can get their idea up on screen...

The Knowledge, 31st March 2014

The Knowledge spoke to BBC comedy commissioner Chris Sussman about what kind of shows he's looking for in 2014 and how writers with funny bones can get their idea up on screen...

Written by Paul Banks. The Knowledge, 31st March 2014

I was explaining sitcom plots and actually plotted a few graphs to represent them. It sounds crazy.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 28th March 2014

Ed Sleeman is to join the BBC's Entertainment Commissioning team as Commissioning Editor for BBC Three.

BBC Press Office, 27th March 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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Forums

Message Board: Critique

Got a script or sketch idea? Get honest feedback on it from contemporaries here.

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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.

New sitcom The Delivery Man

New sitcom The Delivery Man

Spy and Green Wing star Darren Boyd will play a midwife in The Delivery Man, a new sitcom pilot for ITV. Read

Josie Long podcast

Josie Long podcast

This week's episode of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast has stories from guest Josie Long. Listen

Katherine Parkinson pilot

Katherine Parkinson pilot

Katherine Parkinson, Ralf Little and Stephen Tompkinson are to star in a brand new sitcom pilot for ITV. Read

Babylon series now filming

Babylon series now filming

Six episodes of Channel 4's police-based comedy drama Babylon are now being filmed in London. Read

Marcus Brigstocke interview

Marcus Brigstocke interview

A snapped heel, torn cruciate and broken relationship - 2014 has been turbulent for Marcus Brigstocke. Read

New Julia Davis C4 pilot

New Julia Davis C4 pilot

Julia Davis has written and is starring in a new pilot about a breakfast TV host, called Morning Has Broken. Read

Trigger Happy TV USA

Trigger Happy TV USA

Dom Joly is reportedly having another go at taking his prank show Trigger Happy TV to America. Read

Ross Noble Freewheeling 2

Ross Noble Freewheeling 2

Ross Noble Freewheeling, the improvised comedy series which sees Ross Noble travelling the UK, is to return. Read

Frankie Boyle sitcom pilot

Frankie Boyle sitcom pilot

Frankie Boyle is amongst the stars talking part in a read-through for Wildlife, a new sitcom pilot. Read

Chris Addison podcast

Chris Addison podcast

A podcast in which Chris Addison talks about his career, and how they made the new sitcom Trying Again. Listen

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis interview

Jason Lewis introduces Sniggers With Attitude, the sketch show he has made for TV channel London Live. Read

Damn the Torpedoes!

Damn the Torpedoes!

BFBS Radio, the British armed forces broadcaster, is launching Damn the Torpedoes!, a new sketch show. Read

TV Comedy Preview

TV Comedy Preview

A panel show celebrating BBC Two, and a sketch show pilot called Sniggers With Attitude are amongst our picks. Read

Michael McIntyre Series 2

Michael McIntyre Series 2

The BBC has ordered a second series of Michael McIntyre's chat show. He will return to BBC1 later this year. Read

C4's latest Comedy Blaps

C4's latest Comedy Blaps

Channel 4 has launched three more mini-series on the internet under its Comedy Blaps branding. Read

Al Murray's new tour

Al Murray's new tour

Al Murray has announced a new Pub Landlord UK tour titled One Man, One Guvnor: 20 years at the lager top. Read

Russell Kane hosts Vidiots

Russell Kane hosts Vidiots

Russell Kane is to host Vidiots, a panel show pilot in which comedians compete over viral video clips. Read

Underbelly Festival returns

Underbelly Festival returns

The Udderbelly Festival is back on London's Southbank until the 13th July. Lots of comedy on offer. 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.