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.

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

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

Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 competition open for entries

Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 competition open for entries

The entry form for the 2015 Amused Moose Laugh Off, a stand-up comedy competition for new acts, is now available. Read

UK's Funniest Blogger Awards - nominations open

UK's Funniest Blogger Awards - nominations open

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

North Wales set for 2015 comedy writers conference

North Wales set for 2015 comedy writers conference

Published 19th February

Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015. Read

Old Comedian Of The Year competition announced

Old Comedian Of The Year competition announced

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

What is a joke? - Part 2

What is a joke? - Part 2

Published November 2014

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?

Published November 2014

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

Published November 2014

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

Published November 2014

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

Published November 2014

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

Article Archive

External Articles

Whether or not you can learn to be funny is a debate that has been raging since the very first chicken crossed the road...

Written by John Byrne. The Stage, 26th March 2015

The Roughcut founder Ash Atalla gave an insight into how he broke into TV and revealed The Office may never have been made if his maths ability was better.

Broadcast Now, 24th March 2015

Thomas Ridgewell, aka TomSka, is a long-serving YouTuber - he's been making comedy videos for years. But he says the only way to attract viewers to his vlogs is by being "incredibly, painfully honest".

Written by Amelia Butterly. BBC Newsbeat, 11th March 2015

Kim MacAskill sums up what she learnt from Room to Write and passes on some great advice in 3 Lessons.

Written by Kim MacAskill. BBC Writersroom, 10th March 2015

'It was such a massive challenge for us to pull it off and we are so proud of it,' says Laura Marks from her base in Glasgow. The young producer is talking about Room to Write, a partnership between BBC Comedy and Writersroom to find a group of promising writers who might be able to create the next wave of Scottish comedy shows.

BBC Ariel, 10th March 2015

You want your script to stand out. The best way to do that, boringly, is to have a decent idea about something you're really interested in and passionate about.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 6th March 2015

This was just the beginning of my exploration through the archive, which is an exciting platform for students and the public alike to investigate further rare comedic material.

Written by Yolanda Cooper. Kent University blog, 21st February 2015

A huge Edinburgh production company is budgeting £450 for their photoshoots. Is this ridiculous and stupid? Let's find out.

Written by Idil Sukan. Chortle, 11th February 2015

The Viacom International Media Networks backed channel has named Alex Norris as their new Creative Director. He will be responsible for developing and implementing a clear creative vision and strategy for the Comedy Central UK brand.

Written by Patrick Munn. TV Wise, 6th February 2015

Have you got what it takes to win this year's Welsh Unsigned Stand-Up Award?

Written by David Owens. Wales Online, 3rd February 2015

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!

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.

No more Up The Women

No more Up The Women

Jessica Hynes's suffragette sitcom Up The Women will not return for a third series. Read

'This Made Me Laugh' films

'This Made Me Laugh' films

The Barbican has invited eight stars from the world of comedy to select their favourite classic comedy films. Read

ITV's Play To The Whistle

ITV's Play To The Whistle

Holly Willoughby has signed up to present Play To The Whistle, a sports-based comedy panel show for ITV. Read

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock: taboo comedy

Ray Peacock explains why he has decided to open up about his suicide attempt in his latest stand-up show. Read

Dad's Army only just made

Dad's Army only just made

A speech by TV executive Huw Wheldon revealed that the BBC nearly didn't make the Dad's Army series. Read

Lemon is Back To The Future

Lemon is Back To The Future

Keith Lemon is to star in a one-off special on ITV2 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back To The Future film. Read

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker special

Charlie Brooker will return to BBC Two in the run-up to the Election with a new hour-long Wipe special. Read

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows interview

Graham Fellows will celebrate his 30th year as John Shuttleworth with a big gig - but could it be his last hurrah? Read

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's new show

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, which launches in April, will feature guests including Joe Wilkinson. Read

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle's new show

Frankie Boyle will follow his 2014 Scottish independence referendum special with a new iPlayer election show. Read

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Doc Martin Series 7 filming

Martin Clunes and the rest of the Doc Martin cast are now in Cornwall to film Series 7 of the hit ITV show. Read

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman interview

Laura Aikman talks about joining the cast of Bluestone 42, and how she was 'liquid sweat' filming the show. Read

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 orders Plebs Series 3

ITV2 has ordered more Plebs, the Ancient Rome sitcom starring Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry and Ryan Sampson. Read

Nathan Caton interview

Nathan Caton interview

Stand-up comedian Nathan Caton talks to us about various topics, including his ideal comedians football squad. Read

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

Jack Dee's Help Desk on TV

BBC Two has ordered Jack Dee's Help Desk, a series starring Jack Dee and a panel of comedians. Read

Michael McIntyre new shows

Michael McIntyre new shows

Michael McIntyre is working on two new series for BBC One, however his chat show format won't return to TV. Read

Images from '50 Comics'

Images from '50 Comics'

Check out some striking pictures from photographer Matt Crockett's book of comedian portraits, 50 Comics. View

Milton Jones interview

Milton Jones interview

Milton Jones talks about big hair, bad shirts, Mock The Week, his mammoth 2015 tour and other topics too: 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.