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.

Big Comedy Conference

Big Comedy Conference 2014

How to get on in TV and radio comedy writing - the best practical advice from the biggest names in UK comedy.

On Saturday 29th November 2014 we're running a day packed with talks, workshops and script sessions for comedy writers.

Find out more here. Full Details

What is a joke? - Part 2

What is a joke? - Part 2

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

What is a joke?

What is a joke?

An article in which Dave Cohen looks at the structure of a joke, and explains how it fits into the classic three act story structure first defined by Aristotle. Read

Stand-up newcomers report back from their charity gig

Stand-up newcomers report back from their charity gig

Nine of the brave souls who performed stand-up for the first time as part of the Changing Faces charity gig report back on their experience. Will they get back on stage again? Read

UK Pun Championships 2015 - open for entries

UK Pun Championships 2015 - open for entries

Are you a comedian full of puns? If so, here's how to enter to become the 2015 UK Pun Champion. You can hear last year's final here too. Read

Blog from a BAFTA Rocliffe winner

Blog from a BAFTA Rocliffe winner

Daniel Brierley, one of the winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe writing competition, blogs about having his work showcased at the New York Television Festival. Read

Stand-up course diary: Part 2

Stand-up course diary: Part 2

A diary recounting taking an 8 week stand-up course with tutor Logan Murray. Read

Stand-up course diary: Part 1

Stand-up course diary: Part 1

Published 23rd October

A blog from Craig Beadle discussing what caused him to decide to sign up to a stand-up course. Read

Simon Nye joins Big Comedy Conference line-up

Simon Nye joins Big Comedy Conference line-up

Published 22nd October

Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye is amongst the latest speakers announced for November's Big Comedy Conference. Details

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

Published 18th October

The Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival 2014 - which takes place in Manchester on the 28th and 29th October - has announced various panels and workshops which will be of interest to comedy creators. Read

Enter the Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Enter the Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Published 7th October

Entry is now open for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2015. The heats start in mid-January. Read

Article Archive

External Articles

Learning how to deal with the tough times is a necessity in the world of showbiz.

Written by Matt Tiller. 22nd November 2014

Ever had the urge to stand on a crate in a room full of strangers? Cariad Lloyd has everything you need to know.

Written by Cariad Lloyd. Standard Issue, 21st November 2014

Justin Moorhouse, writer Jim Poyser and marketing agency MC2 have joined together to form a new production company.

Prolific North, 20th November 2014

Georgia Sharp is an agent's assistant at JLA and writes exclusively for Comedy Blogedy about the corporate comedy world.

Written by Georgia Sharp. Comedy Blogedy, 17th November 2014

If you use the exclusive code at the bottom of this posting, you can get a £20 discount off the price of attending the second annual Big Comedy Conference which the British Comedy Guide is holding in London on Saturday 29th November (9.00am to 7.00pm).

Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 14th November 2014

The reason for this blog is to let you know that those real comedy geeks over at the British Comedy Guide a running another conference on Saturday 29th November 2014. I'm really glad that these guys are running comedy conferences because they just love comedy. And that comes through in everything they do.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th November 2014

We talk to Peter Dixon, who runs Funny Way To Be Comedy Club in Barnard Castle.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 3rd November 2014

Ever fancied writing comedy for the wireless? Give Gabby Hutchinson Crouch a Jelly Baby and she'll tell you how.

Written by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch. Standard Issue, 24th October 2014

ITV comedy commissioner Saskia Schuster wants to work with new writers as she bids to fill slots across the commercial broadcaster's main channel and ITV2.

Written by Matthew Campelli. Broadcast, 23rd October 2014

The serious business of bringing comedy to the TV screen will be brought to life by the creators of BBC hits Twenty Twelve and W1A, along with Blackadder and QI producer John Lloyd at a major conference next month.

Written by Shelina Begum. Manchester Evening News, 22nd October 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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Got a script or sketch idea? Get honest feedback on it from contemporaries here.

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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

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Win BOAF Christmas DVD

Win BOAF Christmas DVD

We have three copies of the brand new Birds Of A Feather Christmas Specials DVD to give away. Win

British Comedy Awards K&Q

British Comedy Awards K&Q

Voting for the British Comedy Awards 2014 King or Queen category has launched. Pick from 6: Read

Win Russell Howard DVD

Win Russell Howard DVD

We've got five copies of Russell Howard's brand new DVD, Wonderbox Live, to give away. Win

So On & So Forth series

So On & So Forth series

The comedy troupe So On And So Forth have been given their own BBC Radio 4 sketch show series. Read

Lee Evans quits comedy

Lee Evans quits comedy

Lee Evans, one of the UK's best known stand-ups, has unexpectedly announced he is to retire from comedy. Read

Jason Manford interview

Jason Manford interview

Jason Manford explains why his new DVD is making people soil themselves, and he talks about his club chain. Read

Win Variety Soup tickets

Win Variety Soup tickets

Win tickets to see Variety Soup in London. It's the fantastic hit show from the Slightly Fat Features ensemble. Enter

Sarah Millican podcast

Sarah Millican podcast

Sarah Millican chats to Richard Herring in the latest episode of his podcast series. It's a funny chat. Listen

Paddy McGuinness sitcom

Paddy McGuinness sitcom

Paddy McGuinness is to return to comedy acting with a role in ITV's new midwife sitcom, The Delivery Man. Read

Where are the older comics?

Where are the older comics?

Comedy sketch duo Flip and Maggie ask 'Where are the people, particularly women, of our age in comedy?' Read

I Live With Models series

I Live With Models series

Comedy Central has confirmed the commission of a new studio sitcom. It's called I Live With Models. Read

Taking Liberties comedies

Taking Liberties comedies

The BBC has ordered comedies for its Magna Carta season, including a new Horrible Histories episode. Read

Laughing Horse finalists

Laughing Horse finalists

The 15 finalists involved in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2014 competition are listed here: Read

Eddie Izzard autobiography

Eddie Izzard autobiography

Eddie Izzard is to write his memoirs. He has signed a book deal with a US publishing company. Read

Gold to make more sitcoms

Gold to make more sitcoms

UKTV Gold has announced it is increasing its investment in new shows to develop five new sitcoms. Read

John Cleese leads icon list

John Cleese leads icon list

John Cleese has been named as the most influential British comedy icon in a poll of the public. Read

Charlie Brooker wipes again

Charlie Brooker wipes again

BBC Two has ordered another series of Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, and a round-up of 2014. Read

People Just Do Nothing 2

People Just Do Nothing 2

People Just Do Nothing, the BBC Three sitcom set around a pirate radio station, has been given a 2nd 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.