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 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
|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
|Published 6th August
The winning scripts and writers in the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase 2014 writing contest have been revealed. Read
|Published 29th July
Raindance Film Festival has announces the return of its Web Fest with the launch of web series pilot competition. Read
|Published 28th July
Entries are now open for the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2014 contest, one of the UK's major stand-up competitions open to new talent. Read
|Published 18th July
The annual COFILMIC Film Festival has opened submissions for its 2014 competition. Read
|Published 15th July|
|Published 12th June|
|Published 10th June
Entry is now open for the Leicester Square Theatre's New Comedian Of The Year 2014 competition. Read
|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
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
Think you could get up on a stage in front of a room of strangers and deliver gag after gag, day after day and week after week? Think again.
Written by Bruce Dessau. The Telegraph, 11th August 2014
The Fringe gives you experience of writing for an audience who don't know you personally, or you work.
Written by James Cary. 5th August 2014
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
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!
Win a copy of Series 1 of Cuckoo on DVD, the sitcom starring Greg Davies and Andy Samberg. Enter
Newspaper reports suggest that Peter Kay is working on bringing Phoenix Nights back for live shows. Read
Thom Tuck talks Munnery, Bambi, expensive dross at the Fringe, piles of rubbish on BBC3, and more. Read
Bill Kerr, who played Tony Hancock's dim-witted Australian sidekick, has died at the age of 92. Read
David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Philip Glenister and Frances de la Tour talk about Big School Series 2. Read
Lord Alan B'Stard, First Marquess of Haltemprice, has died at the age of 58, it has been confirmed. Read
Frankie Boyle has blasted TV commissioning, Mock The Week, panel show booking, & other topics. Read
John Kearns, Alex Edelman and Phil Ellis are winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014. Read
Plot details have been released about the 2nd series of James Corden and Mathew Baynton's comedy. Read
Lucy Beaumont talks about how she got started in comedy, and what she misses about leaving Hull. Read
BBC One has ordered a comedy drama series based on the best-selling book, The Tent, The Bucket and Me. Read
BBC One has ordered six episodes of Mountain Goats, a sitcom about a mountain rescue team. Read
Sky1 is making Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death, a crime comedy drama starring Ashley Jensen. Read
Musical comedian Aidan Strangeman has won the 2014 So You Think You're Funny? new act competition. Read
Channel Dave has ordered 10 more episodes of comic chat format Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. Read
ITV2 has commissioned a brand new sketch show starring Leigh Francis's alter-ego, Keith Lemon. Read
E4 has ordered a new comedy series called Chewing Gum, written by and starring Michaela Coel. Read