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.
Marc Burrows - who has worked for Comedybox, MySpace and Funny Or Die - explains why websites based around comedy videos keep failing. Read
The winning scripts and writers in the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 writing contest have been revealed. Read
|Published 29th July
Raindance Film Festival has announces the return of its Web Fest with the launch of web series pilot competition. Read
|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
|Published 18th July
The annual COFILMIC Film Festival has opened submissions for its 2014 competition. Read
|Published 15th July|
|Published 12th June|
|Published 10th June
Entry is now open for the Leicester Square Theatre's New Comedian Of The Year 2014 competition. Read
|Published 30th May
An interview with Lauris Beinerts, the publisher of a YouTube sketch which will soon pass the 7,000,000 views mark. Read
|Published 29th May|
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
There were common mistakes too... Too few jokes in a sketch. Obviously it is good if a sketch is built around a funny concept but it also needs lots of jokes throughout the sketch.
BBC Writersroom, 20th June 2014
Our writer tries to get laughs from total strangers - would she get funnier after a masterclass from Lucy Porter?
Written by Leah Green. The Guardian, 19th June 2014
How to do Exposition.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th June 2014
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!
E4 has ordered a new comedy series called Chewing Gum, written by and starring Michaela Coel. Read
A police camera has caught comedian Roy Chubby Brown reading a newspaper whilst driving. Read
Jack Whitehall and his dad will move to BBC Two for a second series of Backchat. Read
BBC Three has ordered a new comedy series called Together. The show is written by & stars Jonny Sweet. Read
BBC Three has ordered Top Coppers, a 'silly, gag-filled, action comedy' which follows two police detectives. Read
Fried, a BBC Comedy Feeds sitcom pilot set in a low-rent fast food chain shop, has been given a series. Read
BBC Three has ordered a full series of Josh, the sitcom starring and co-written by Josh Widdicombe. Read
Harry Hill will host a reboot of singing show Stars In Their Eyes. ITV wants to do more comedy too. Read
A photo gallery providing an intimate insight into the pre-gig routines and notes of some of comedians. Read
The shortlists for the prestigious Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014 is here: Read
The sketch group WitTank, stars of Live At The Electric, are now developing a sitcom project for E4. Read
Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis is to appear in You Should See My Family, a new hybrid comedy format. Read
Stand-up Romesh Ranganathan talk schools, comedy writing advice and more in this interview. Read
Channel 4 are to pilot a new panel show format hosted by Adam Hills called Welcome To My World. Read
An interview with stand-up comedian and podcast host Stuart Goldsmith. What is his own masterplan? Read
Profiles of the nine new stand-up comedians taking part in the So You Think You're Funny? final. Read
Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn and Louis Emerick are amongst the stars for The Full Monty live UK tour. Read