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.
BBC Scotland has launched a scheme in which 10-20 comedy writers will work with them to create 'the next wave of Scottish comedy shows'. They are holding workshops in Scotland in May. Read
|Published 27th February
The retailer Brainbox Candy is running a caption competition to design a new birthday card. The winner will earn 10% of the royalties. The deadline is 31st March 2014. Read
|Published 24th February
Interested in making comedy films? Samsung is running 'Launching People', an initiative to find undiscovered talent. Read
|Published 17th January
The entry form is now available for So You Think You're Funny?, the prestigious stand-up competition for acts who have been performing for less than a year. Read
|Published 15th January|
|Published 13th January
The Sitcom Mission comedy writing competition is back. Have you got what it takes to write a great script? Here's a blog from last year's winners, Those Three Girls. Read
|Published 11th January
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may be eight months away, but if you're thinking of performing there in 2014 you need to start your preparations now. Here's a handy schedule to follow. Read
|Published 2nd January
Entry is now open for the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014 stand-up competition. The qualifying rounds start in London at the end of January. Read
|Published December 2013
Former BBC Comedy executive Micheál Jacob has just written his first book, Getting It On - Writing and producing television comedy. In this article he takes a look at creating and writing sitcom. Read
|Published December 2013
Entries are now open for a competition which aims to name the UK's funniest blog, Twitter feed or video stream. Read
Are you an experienced comedy writer?
Written by Ed Morrish. 7th March 2014
Paul Sinha reveals that he never actually writes anything down. Sound ridiculous? Read on ...
London Is Funny, 28th February 2014
Here are ten script pointers for setting up a table read.
Written by Farah Abushwesha. Roclifee, 26th February 2014
Actress and comedian Isy Suttie recommends the best writing spots for those in need of inspiration.
Written by Isy Suttie. The Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2014
People are often asking what qualifies us to read their scripts.
Written by Sally Stott. BBC Writersroom, 19th February 2014
As a character comedian, you just have to grin and bear it. You have to step out bravely with your new words in your cloudy head and just do your best.
Written by Susan Harrison. 8th February 2014
So now that you've decided that a life of comedy awaits - performing stand-up or writing, or both - what are you going to joke about?
Written by Dave Cohen. 6th February 2014
You might want to be a writer. Or at least you might like the idea of being a writer. Or you might even like the idea of being considered a writer. There are all very different things. My advice? Don't be a writer.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 5th February 2014
There are plenty of reasons for flying the nest, as I found when I spoke to a couple of top comedians recently about their transition from club circuit to theatre circuit.
Written by Julian Hall. The Stage, 5th February 2014
There comes a point when every topical comedy writer asks themselves this question, 'Haven't I done this joke before?'
Written by Bill Dare. 3rd February 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!
Jenny Eclair doesn't hold back. She's frank and funny in this podcast interview with Richard Herring. Listen
Sky Living has ordered a fourth series of Mount Pleasant, the comedy drama starring Sally Lindsay. Read
Dawn French is to perform a special Thought For The Day on Radio 4 in character as Geraldine Granger. Read
The original cast of sci-fi radio show The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy are to reunite for a new episode. Read
The hit BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me is to be resurrected for a special one off edition. Read
BBC Three is to stop broadcasting on television, becoming an online-only channel, according to new plans. Read
In this big interview, Frank Skinner talks about life, sitcoms, his changing comedy and art, and more. Read
Tim Vine is to a new comedy quiz show called You Can't Say That!. Contestants must spot the trick questions. Read
An introduction to the characters who will appear in W1A, the spin-off from hit sitcom Twenty Twelve. Read
Richard Wilson, Jo Brand, Kevin Eldon and Tim Key are amongst the stars for Sky Arts' 2014 drama series. Read
Football fan and stand-up comic Marlon Davis lists a fantasy team comprising of comedians. Read
Channel Dave has ordered a second series of Crackanory, the storytelling programme for adults. Read
A look at six shows worth watching this weeek, including Inside No. 9 and the last episode of Outnumbered. Read
It's the new chart topping podcast series from Richard Herring, based around life's big questions. Listen
Steve Pemberton is to adapt the Mapp And Lucia series of novels for a new BBC One comedy drama. Read
A fictionalised account of Lenny Henry's rise to stardom is to become a BBC One comedy drama. Read
Donald MacLeod, a financial actuary, is going to attempt to beat the most jokes in an hour world record. Read