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

Q&A with director Theo Davies.

Comedy Blogedy, 26th November 2014

Darren Smith and Jack Cheshire have joined the indie's growing development team on a part time basis, and will be responsible for driving DLT's push into comedy.

Written by Patrick Munn. TV Wise, 25th November 2014

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

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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Newsletter

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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.

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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.

Richard Gadd interview

Richard Gadd interview

A discussion with 'troubled comedian' Richard Gadd about topics such as mining one's life for material. Read

Julian Clary's kids books

Julian Clary's kids books

Julian Clary has signed a two book deal with a publishing company to write children's novels. Read

Phoenix Nights to return

Phoenix Nights to return

Peter Kay's much loved sitcom Phoenix Nights will return as a live stage show in January. Read

My Mad Fat Diary S3

My Mad Fat Diary S3

The comedy drama about a 16-year-old with weight and mental health problems is to return. Read

British Comedy Awards

British Comedy Awards

Who do you think will win at the British Comedy Awards? Have a guess on our interactive website. Enter

Rebecca Front podcast

Rebecca Front podcast

Rebecca Front chats to Richard Herring about some of her comedy acting roles in this episode of RHLSTP. Listen

Virtually Famous returns

Virtually Famous returns

E4 has commissioned 2 new series of panel show Virtually Famous, focusing on internet celebrities. Read

BBC Xmas offerings

BBC Xmas offerings

The BBC has announced its Christmas comedy offerings. Amongst the shows is the end of hit sitcom Miranda. Read

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

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.