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

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

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

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

Christmas Cracker joke competition

Christmas Cracker joke competition

TV channel Gold has launched its 2014 search for the best new Christmas cracker jokes. Send your best festive gags to them via Twitter for a chance to win a £1500 holiday. Read

Over 55? Enter the Silver Stand-Up Competition

Over 55? Enter the Silver Stand-Up Competition

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

Video: Cardinal Burns offer some comedy tips

Video: Cardinal Burns offer some comedy tips

Published 20th September

In this video, double-act Cardinal Burns offer insight and tips on how to create a sketch show. Watch

Hobgoblin Comedy Award 2014 - Last call for entries

Hobgoblin Comedy Award 2014 - Last call for entries

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

Cofilmic festival to include big cash award for a winning video

Cofilmic festival to include big cash award for a winning video

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

BBC Radio Comedy organising comedy writing information sessions

BBC Radio Comedy organising comedy writing information sessions

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

Why Comedy Video Websites Fail

Why Comedy Video Websites Fail

Published 13th August

Marc Burrows - who has worked for Comedybox, MySpace and Funny Or Die - explains why websites based around comedy videos keep failing. Read

BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 winners announced

BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 winners announced

Published 6th August

The winning scripts and writers in the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 writing contest have been revealed. Read

Article Archive

External Articles

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

Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor Comedy and Fiction, BBC Radio 4 and Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Extra has decided to leave the BBC early next spring.

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

The Comedy Trust, the organisers of the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival, are now recruiting for their latest Comedy Course for Beginners.

Liverpool Echo, 8th September 2014

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

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.

Brotherhood now filming

Brotherhood now filming

Production has now commenced on Brotherhood, Comedy Central UK's first studio audience sitcom. Read

Boy In The Dress cast

Boy In The Dress cast

Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny and Meera Syal are amongst the cast for The Boy In The Dress. Read

How Do I Get Up There?

How Do I Get Up There?

The up-and-coming sketch group 'How Do I Get Up There?' talk about their new BBC Scotland pilot. Read

Jenny Bede interview

Jenny Bede interview

Jenny Bede talks to BCG about filming her music-based BBC Three impressions show pilot AAA. Read

ITV returns to Palladium

ITV returns to Palladium

ITV will return to the London Palladium in 2015 for a second revived series of the comic variety format. Read

Jason Byrne interview

Jason Byrne interview

Jason Byrne talks about why Father Figure didn't work, his next TV show, and touring his new live show. Read

The Dawson Bros US sitcom

The Dawson Bros US sitcom

British writing team The Dawson Brothers are working on The Spencer Tapes, a sitcom for NBC. Read

The IT Crowd USA 2

The IT Crowd USA 2

A second attempt is to be made to re-work Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd for American audiences. Read

Teckle Books interview

Teckle Books interview

An interview with the authors behind the comedic novels from new publishing outfit Teckle Books. Read

Moone Boy USA

Moone Boy USA

Moone Boy, the Sky sitcom created by Chris O'Dowd, is to be re-made by the US television network ABC. Read

10 O'Clock Live axed

10 O'Clock Live axed

Channel 4 has confirmed that its topical comedy show 10 O'Clock Live will not return for Series 4. Read

LOTSW policemen spin-off

LOTSW policemen spin-off

A Last Of The Summer Wine spin-off starring the policemen Cooper and Walsh is in development. Read

Mark Gatiss podcast

Mark Gatiss podcast

The League of Gentlemen and Sherlock star Mark Gatiss is Richard Herring's funny guest in this episode. Listen

Kitson and Lee together

Kitson and Lee together

A report from the charity gig in which two comedy heavyweights collided: Daniel Kitson and Stuart Lee. Read

Doll & Em gets Series 2

Doll & Em gets Series 2

Sky Living has ordered a second series of Doll & Em, the show from Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells. Read

Solemani & Howard reunite

Solemani & Howard reunite

Him & Her stars Sarah Solemani and Kerry Howard are reuniting to write a new BBC One sitcom. Read

Russell Howard's rom-com

Russell Howard's rom-com

Russell Howard has written and will star in a romantic comedy project. His sister will also appear in it. Read

Give Out Girls interview

Give Out Girls interview

Hatty Ashdown, the creator of Comedy Central's new sitcom Give Out Girls, introduces her show here. 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.