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.

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

May 'Make It' newsletter

Here's our 'Make It' newsletter, sent to inboxes in mid-May. It features lots of news, insight and opportunities. Read   Subscribe

The Sitcom Mission

The Sitcom Mission

The Sitcom Mission, a comedy writing competition which showcases 15 minute scripts in front of commissioners, is now open for 2015 entries. Find out how to enter here: Details

Julie Bower talks about creating sitcom So Awkward

Julie Bower talks about creating sitcom So Awkward

Published 12th June

In an exclusive blog for the British Comedy Guide, Julie Bower, the creator of new CBBC sitcom So Awkward, talks about how the show was developed. Read

Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne new BBC Radio Contract Writers

Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne new BBC Radio Contract Writers

Published 22nd May

BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read

Room To Write producer and director interview

Room To Write producer and director interview

Published 15th May

Laura Marks, the producer and director behind the BBC's Room To Write video monologues, shares some insight and advice here. Read

An article on 'making it' in comedy

An article on 'making it' in comedy

Published 11th May

Stand-up comedian and live comedy promoter Barry Ferns writes on the topic of what it means to 'make it' in comedy. Think carefully about your end goals... Read

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

Published 16th April

Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. If you've made a short comedy film or sketch, here's how to submit it... Read

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

Published 12th March

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

Published 12th March

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

Article Archive

External Articles

"Jealousy and envy - the only two reasons I write," a friend posted on Facebook recently.

Written by Dave Cohen. 2nd July 2015

Cariad Lloyd talks to comedy producer Jo Sargent (in her only ever interview) about nurturing talent.

Written by Cariad Lloyd. Standard Issue, 2nd July 2015

The world probably doesn't need another podcast about writing, television or sitcoms. But we didn't ask. I've teamed up with Dave Cohen and started one about the art of writing sitcoms for television, with an eye (or ear?) to radio as well. It is kindly hosted by the British Comedy Guide, and produced by Katie Storey. Episode 1 is out now and you can listen to it here (via Soundcloud, iTunes, etc).

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 1st July 2015

Magners is launching a search to find the UK's best new comedian.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 30th June 2015

Performers' union Equity today officially launched its comedians' network to fight for fairer conditions for stand-ups. The move follows the formation of the UK Comedy Guild, which aims to settle disputes informally, while the Equity group has the legal backing of a trade union.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 24th June 2015

How should we approach actions lines? Exactly the same way as you'd approach dialogue. Allow me to explain.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 23rd June 2015

S4C and BBC Radio Cymru will work together this year to develop comedy-writing talent in the Welsh language by staging a Sgript Slam Gomedi - a comedy script slam - at the Maldwyn a'r Gororau National Eisteddfod 2015 this August.

BBC Media Centre, 17th June 2015

As far back as I can remember, I've been writing.

Written by Patrick Coyle. BBC Writersroom, 16th June 2015

A new organisation has been launched today, aiming to protect stand-up comedians' rights. The UK Comedy Guild claims to be the first organisation in the history of the industry specifically dedicated to protecting the rights of people working in UK Comedy.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 6th June 2015

So, Kate Rowland is a hard act to follow, but someone has to do it! And I have just taken over from Kate as Head of BBC Writersroom.

Written by Anne Edyvean. BBC Writersroom, 3rd June 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!

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Newsletter

'Make It' 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.

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.

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern to return

Brian Pern, the comedy series starring Simon Day as an art rocker, has been given a third series by BBC Four. Read

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore's new show

John Finnemore, the creator of Cabin Pressure, is working on a series called The John Finnemore Project. Read

The John Dredge Show

The John Dredge Show

Series 4 of the insanely silly podcast series has now launched. Check out this funny and surreal sketch show. Listen

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp hosts News Quiz

Miles Jupp will take over from Sandi Toksvig as the new host of The News Quiz when it returns. Read

Not Safe For Work interviews

Not Safe For Work interviews

The cast of Channel 4's new office-based comedy drama Not Safe For Work talk about making the show. Read

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley sitcom

Joanna Lumley is working on a new show for Sky Television. Thought to be a sitcom, the title is Harmony. Read

Missing Hancocks to return

Missing Hancocks to return

Radio 4 has given the greenlight for five more lost Hancock's Half Hour episodes to be re-recorded this July. Read

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams sitcom

David Walliams is reportedly working on a sitcom based around a TV talent show, inspired by Britain's Got Talent. Read

Bernard Righton's Gold show

Bernard Righton's Gold show

John Thomson, in character as Bernard Righton, will present an archive stand-up show on TV channel Gold. Read

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney interview

Sharon Rooney, the star of My Mad Fat Diary, talks about the final series of the comedy drama. Read

Win The Delivery Man DVD

Win The Delivery Man DVD

We have three copies of new ITV sitcom The Delivery Man to give away. It stars Darren Boyd as a midwife. Enter

Work in progress gigs

Work in progress gigs

Si Hawkins explains why he often enjoys work-in-progress stand-up gigs more than the resultant polished tour show. Read

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe a global hit

Catastrophe, the sitcom created by Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, has been sold to TV stations across the world. Read

Gein's Family Giftshop

Gein's Family Giftshop

Sketch group Gein's Family Giftshop talk to BCG ahead of recording their first radio series. Get free tickets too: Read

Comedy Awards to move

Comedy Awards to move

It has been confirmed The British Comedy Awards are leaving Channel 4, to move to a new network this December. Read

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's memoir

Nick Frost's is writing a book about his life. Truths, Half Truths and Utter Bullshit will be released in October. Read

BBC New Comedy Award

BBC New Comedy Award

The BBC Radio New Comedy Award is back. The form to enter the 2015 contest is now available to fill in. Read

Hoff The Record blog

Hoff The Record blog

What's it like working on a sitcom with David Hasselhoff? Here's a blog from Hoff The Record actor Fergus Craig: 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.