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.

Submissions open for COFILMIC 2014

Submissions open for COFILMIC 2014

The annual COFILMIC Film Festival has opened submissions for its 2014 competition. Read

iShorts+ fund launched for female comedy directors

iShorts+ fund launched for female comedy directors

iShorts+: Funny Girls, a funding programme launched with the production companies Big Talk and Baby Cow, has £50,000 to invest in narrative short films helmed by female filmmakers. Read

BBC New Comedy Award 2014 entry form

BBC New Comedy Award 2014 entry form

Published 12th June

The entry form to take part in the BBC New Comedy Award stand-up competition is now online. Read

Enter Leicester Square Theatre 2014 competition

Enter Leicester Square Theatre 2014 competition

Published 10th June

Entry is now open for the Leicester Square Theatre's New Comedian Of The Year 2014 competition. Read

What's it like to get 7m views on your YouTube video?

What's it like to get 7m views on your YouTube video?

Published 30th May

An interview with Lauris Beinerts, the publisher of a YouTube sketch which will soon pass the 7,000,000 views mark. Read

Channels announce comedy executive changes

Channels announce comedy executive changes

Published 29th May

The BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 have all announced changes to their comedy commissioning teams, as executives move been networks. Read

Want to perform on The Newsnight Referendum Revue?

Want to perform on The Newsnight Referendum Revue?

Published 12th May

BBC current affairs programme Newsnight is looking for entrants to perform on its Edinburgh Revue Show in August, on the topic of the Scottish independence debate. Read

Want to become a presenter on FUBAR Radio?

Want to become a presenter on FUBAR Radio?

Published 29th April

FUBAR Radio, the UK's new comedy-focused digital radio station, is running a competition to find a full-time sidekick for presenter Justin Lee Collins. Read

New stand-up competition launches in Scunthorpe

New stand-up competition launches in Scunthorpe

Published 29th April

The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe is launching 'Funny Scunny', a new act competition which includes a £400 cash prize. The deadline to enter is the end of May. Read

Doc Brown to mentor comedians via Noise website

Doc Brown to mentor comedians via Noise website

Published 10th April

Comedy writer and performer Doc Brown will offer mentorship and career guidance via the website NoiseFestival.com Read

Article Archive

External Articles

Because of the rigid TV calendar in America, there's a deadline. A line by which a script must be submitted or it is dead. There is no such thing in the UK.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th July 2014

Ben Farrell, currently Head of Comedy at Objective Productions, is to join the BBC's In-house comedy department as an executive producer.

BBC Press Office, 7th July 2014

Today's blog is given over to Joel Soetendorp, a comedy writer you've probably never heard of but who is very successfully making a living at writing comedy.

Written by Dave Cohen. 3rd July 2014

There were common mistakes too... Too few jokes in a sketch. Obviously it is good if a sketch is built around a funny concept but it also needs lots of jokes throughout the sketch.

BBC Writersroom, 20th June 2014

Our writer tries to get laughs from total strangers - would she get funnier after a masterclass from Lucy Porter?

Written by Leah Green. The Guardian, 19th June 2014

How to do Exposition.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th June 2014

Big Talk Productions has appointed Saurabh Kakkar to the new role of Head of Comedy Development.

Written by Jon Creamer. Televisual Magazine, 3rd June 2014

Twitter can be useful in that way. Sometimes, Twitter is a chance to watch the first draft of people's imagination.

Written by Robin Ince. 29th May 2014

Suite director and editor Richard Halladey and Independent Post Company's Mykola Pawluk discuss the art of comedy editing.

Televisual Magazine, 27th May 2014

Liz Lewin has joined Channel 4's comedy commissioning team, covering Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans' maternity leave.

Channel 4 Press Office, 20th May 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

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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.

Dora Bryan - RIP

Dora Bryan - RIP

Prolific actress Dora Bryan, who featured in comedies like Last Of The Summer Wine, has died. Read

Steve Coogan Outtakes

Steve Coogan Outtakes

Steve Coogan has been recording some voiceovers. Here's some of the funny ones which got cut out. Watch

More Brittas Empire?

More Brittas Empire?

Chris Barrie has expressed an interest in starring in a revival of the hit 1990s BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire. Read

Some Girls Series 3 filming

Some Girls Series 3 filming

Filming has started on Series 3 of BBC Three sitcom Some Girls. Read

Name That Tune Bill Bailey

Name That Tune Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey has hosted a pilot episode of a revival of the classic TV quiz show format Name That Tune. Read

Give Out Girls switches

Give Out Girls switches

Give Out Girls, the Sky Living sitcom set around a group of promo girls, is switching to Comedy Central. Read

Carly Smallman blog

Carly Smallman blog

Carly Smallman reveals how, after appearing on TV, she received lots of abuse about how she looks. Read

Shaun The Sheep wins

Shaun The Sheep wins

Shaun The Sheep has been named via a poll as the nation's most popular BBC children's character. Read

Hitchhikers Hacking Guide

Hitchhikers Hacking Guide

Anti-virus firm Norton have released a guide to hacking in the style of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Read

Terry Mynott interview

Terry Mynott interview

Terry Mynott talks about the return of the 'sleeper hit' sitcom The Mimic, and how to do impressions. Read

People Just Do Nothing

People Just Do Nothing

An interview with MC Grindah and DJ Beats, the characters at the centre of BBC3's People Just Do Nothing. Read

Hayley Ellis blog

Hayley Ellis blog

Hayley Ellis provides this handy guide on how to deal with other people on social networking websites. Read

Top 10 from Monty Python

Top 10 from Monty Python

A public poll has revealed the nation's top ten favourite Monty Python sketches. Results here. Read

Nina Conti's BBC2 show

Nina Conti's BBC2 show

Ventriloquist Nina Conti is working on a new show for BBC Two called Nina Conti's Va-Va-Riety Show. Read

Rhod Gilbert's new job

Rhod Gilbert's new job

Rhod Gilbert has been named as the new permanent host of panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Read

Ben Miller interview

Ben Miller interview

Ben Miller speaks about how he went from uni to becoming one of the biggest names in UK comedy. Read

Dead Ringers is back!

Dead Ringers is back!

Exciting news: Radio 4 is reviving its hit impressions show Dead Ringers after a break of seven years. Read

E4 to screen Almost Royal

E4 to screen Almost Royal

E4 is to show Almost Royal, the BBC America comedy series in which two actors pretend to be royalty. 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.