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.
|Published 3rd July
A new podcast series in which James Cary and Dave Cohen talk about sitcom writing. Listen
|Published 12th June|
|Published 22nd May
BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Published 19th February
Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015. Read
Today Chortle launches a new comic writing competition in honour of P.G. Wodehouse. As well as the title, the winner of the P.G. Wodehouse New Comic Writer award will win a weekend writing course (worth £425) plus a bundle of books by the man widely regarded as the best comic novelist of the 20th century.
Chortle, 4th September 2015
There's been a lot of news about joke thieves recently, but it's a practice that's been around for years. Why does it happen, and how do people get away with it so often?
Written by Dean Burnett. The Guardian, 25th August 2015
In the latest Sitcom Geeks podcast, we talk about writing the pilot episode. I talk about stuff that I also cover in my book, Writing That Sitcom.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 13th August 2015
James Cary's book is is slightly mis-titled. Writing That Sitcom is not so much a step-by-step guide to creating a magic script, more a very long way of saying: Writing a sitcom? What the hell are you thinking! It's hard. Really hard. Your genius idea probably never get made and if it does, the process is so awful you'll hate it.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 4th August 2015
Thinking of trying stand-up for the first time? Dreaming of taking comic material to Edinburgh? Clint Edwards, rising star in the stand-up world (he supported the mighty Rhod Gilbert), has taken time out of his routine-writing to share five pointers that he wished he knew when he first stepped in front of an audience.
Written by Amy Pay. WOW247, 15th July 2015
Writing the perfect sitcom is the Holy Grail of comedy. Get it right and you will be carried through the city on people's shoulders. Get it wrong and you might as well go and hide under a stone. Look at the brickbats aimed at Ben Elton's The Wright Way. Even the co-writer of Blackadder got it wrong.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 15th July 2015
The Sitcom Geek book is finally here. Or there on Amazon, at least. Writing that Sitcom is available for Kindle and Kindle App now. (If you're interested, here's why it's on Kindle and not a 'real book'). Here is the intro to pique your interest yet further.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 13th July 2015
I've written a book that will be out soon. It's called Writing That Sitcom.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 8th July 2015
Rejection is shite - no two words for it. It hurts and it is painful. I've faced it this week, last week and will probably face it again next week. Whether it is in the personal or professional sense - it's crap but I always put it down to me not being ready or there's something else I need to learn.
Rocliffe Notes, 5th July 2015
"Jealousy and envy - the only two reasons I write," a friend posted on Facebook recently.
Written by Dave Cohen. 2nd July 2015
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!
Pictures and video of Rowan Atkinson driving to Buckingham Palace as Mr Bean to celebrate 25 years. View
Ricky Wilson is to host a new music-based panel show for Sky1. Katherine Ryan will be a regular panellist. Read
Michael Socha and Michaela Coel will lead the cast of Aliens, E4's comic drama about a group of extra-terrestrials. Read
Susan Calman has signed a deal to write her first book, about living and coping with depression. Read
The world famous Royal Albert Hall is launching a series of late night gigs in its Elgar Room. Full details: Read
Rebecca Root and Harry Hepple talk about taking on the lead roles in the BBC's new sitcom Boy Meets Girl. Read
Writer Jeff Pope introduces BBC series Cradle To Grave, and we hear from some of the key cast members too. Read
A new Al Murray sitcom is in development, which would see his Pub Landlord character become an MP. Read
Controversial comedian Dapper Laughs is to release his own live stand-up DVD later this year. Read
Sam Simmons, Sofie Hagen and Karen Koren's Gilded Balloon have won the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Read
Michael Brunström, Matt Roper and Laurence Owen were the winners of the Malcolm Hardee Awards 2015. Read
Luke McQueen's Fringe show is all about how he was in a double act with Jack Whitehall. He got a surprise. Watch
Luca Cupani has been named as the winner of the 2015 So You Think You're Funny? competition final. Read
The BBC is to dramatise the story of how writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft made Dad's Army. Read
Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc and Jim Howick are set to star in new Radio 4 show Bun Club. Read
As sketch group Daphne get nominated for the Foster's Award, Chris Head detects stirrings in the world of sketch. Read
Frank Skinner and Suzy Klein will present Thank You For Being A Lovely Audience, a new BBC Four documentary. Read