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.
A blog from Craig Beadle discussing what caused him to decide to sign up to a stand-up course. Read
Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye is amongst the latest speakers announced for November's Big Comedy Conference. Details
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
Entry is now open for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2015. The heats start in mid-January. Read
|Published 30th September
The organisers of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival have launched their 2015 Silver Comedy stand-up competition, aimed at those aged over 55. Read
|Published 20th September
In this video, double-act Cardinal Burns offer insight and tips on how to create a sketch show. Watch
|Published 18th September
The search for the next British comedy talent is underway. Do you have what it takes to win the Hobgoblin Comedy Award? Entry closes on Monday. Read
|Published 3rd September
The COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival has teamed up with Wildseed Studios to offer a £10,000 Production Award to nurture comedy filmmakers. Read
|Published 28th August
As part of this year's BBC Radio New Comedy Award, BBC Radio Comedy will be running comedy writing information sessions in London and Manchester. Read
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
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
I'm one of the people lucky enough to have won a place on the BBC's Room to Write scheme.
Written by Keiron Nicholson. BBC Writersroom, 20th October 2014
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 20th October 2014
It's the big day. Well, maybe not the big day, but it's a day. Judgement day. For you and your script. All the cast are sitting around a big table, along with the producer, director and half a dozen others who do stuff you haven't quite figured out yet, but they seem to know who you are.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 18th October 2014
Funny guys: Dealing with comedians like Ross Noble, Mark Thomas and Dylan Moran is all in a day's work for Shaun Almey, a Lincoln-based independent booking agent for comedy shows.
Written by Shaun Almey. Lincolnshire Echo, 11th October 2014
I talked to Lucien Young, who's been working on Siblings.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 29th September 2014
Now, I by no means think that I am the Dalai Llama of comedy; sitting on a mountain and dishing out comedy wisdom but I thought this might help anyone thinking of stepping into the intimidating world of standing up. I have been acting funny for five years and doing funnies with my sketch group Vinegar (formerly Vinegar Knickers) for three years although when it comes to stand up comedy I am a newbie! So why am I writing tips? Well, over the last 10 months of newbiedom I have found out some useful tit-bits that might help anyone starting out or might just be amusing reading. So here goes...
Written by Samantha Baines. The Huffington Post, 16th September 2014
So, if you've been involved in generating ideas for someone else's sitcom, or been part of a gag pass, or the show creator is your brother. Whatever. You've been asked to write an episode. Now what?
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th September 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!
An interview with 'low energy' stand-up comedian James Acaster, who has been having a great year. Read
Find out what your rapper name is, via this tool designed by Curtis from TV sketch show Cardinal Burns. Try It
A funny satirical short story featuring the characters of new book Clubbed To Death reacting to a problem. Read
Jason Manford is to star as Leo Bloom in the new UK tour of the hit Broadway musical The Producers. Read
Miranda Hart has confirmed that the two Christmas specials of her hit sitcom will be the show's finale. Read
Two missing episodes of pre-Monty Python sketch series At Last The 1948 Show have been discovered. Read
Outspoken stand-up comic Brendon Burns is the guest on this week's episode of Richard Herring's podcast. Listen
Hit stage show Still Game Live will be broadcast on television in November, on BBC Scotland. Read
Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark will host a new sketch show skewering the possibilities of the future. Read
We've got copies of the new Detectorists DVD to give away - they've been signed by Mackenzie Crook. Enter
Production has now commenced on Brotherhood, Comedy Central UK's first studio audience sitcom. Read
Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny and Meera Syal are amongst the cast for The Boy In The Dress. Read
The up-and-coming sketch group 'How Do I Get Up There?' talk about their new BBC Scotland pilot. Read
Jenny Bede talks to BCG about filming her music-based BBC Three impressions show pilot AAA. Read
ITV will return to the London Palladium in 2015 for a second revived series of the comic variety format. Read
Jason Byrne talks about why Father Figure didn't work, his next TV show, and touring his new live show. Read
British writing team The Dawson Brothers are working on The Spencer Tapes, a sitcom for NBC. Read