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.

What is a joke? - Part 2

What is a joke? - Part 2

Published November 2014

Having tried to explain what a joke is, Dave Cohen prepares Big Comedy Conference delegates with an attempt to explain EVERY type of joke. Read

What is a joke?

What is a joke?

Published November 2014

An article in which Dave Cohen looks at the structure of a joke, and explains how it fits into the classic three act story structure first defined by Aristotle. Read

Stand-up newcomers report back from their charity gig

Stand-up newcomers report back from their charity gig

Published November 2014

Nine of the brave souls who performed stand-up for the first time as part of the Changing Faces charity gig report back on their experience. Will they get back on stage again? Read

UK Pun Championships 2015 - open for entries

UK Pun Championships 2015 - open for entries

Published November 2014

Are you a comedian full of puns? If so, here's how to enter to become the 2015 UK Pun Champion. You can hear last year's final here too. Read

Blog from a BAFTA Rocliffe winner

Blog from a BAFTA Rocliffe winner

Published November 2014

Daniel Brierley, one of the winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe writing competition, blogs about having his work showcased at the New York Television Festival. Read

Stand-up course diary: Part 2

Stand-up course diary: Part 2

Published November 2014

A diary recounting taking an 8 week stand-up course with tutor Logan Murray. Read

Stand-up course diary: Part 1

Stand-up course diary: Part 1

Published October 2014

A blog from Craig Beadle discussing what caused him to decide to sign up to a stand-up course. Read

Simon Nye joins Big Comedy Conference line-up

Simon Nye joins Big Comedy Conference line-up

Published October 2014

Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye is amongst the latest speakers announced for November's Big Comedy Conference. Details

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

Cofilmic Festival announces workshops and panel sessions

Published October 2014

The Cofilmic Comedy Film Festival 2014 - which takes place in Manchester on the 28th and 29th October - has announced various panels and workshops which will be of interest to comedy creators. Read

Enter the Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Enter the Musical Comedy Awards 2015

Published October 2014

Entry is now open for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2015. The heats start in mid-January. Read

Article Archive

External Articles

Different shows need different kinds of script editors.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 21st January 2015

Love to laugh? We've picked out the must see films at the 2015 London Comedy Film Festival.

Written by Katherine McLaughlin. The List, 20th January 2015

Sioned Wiliam has been appointed as the new Commissioning Editor for Comedy, BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra.

BBC Press Office, 19th January 2015

Helen Lederer is planning to set up an award for women who write comedy fiction.

Chortle, 18th January 2015

The audience aren't as interested in the guest characters as you are. They're all about the main characters they've come to know, understand and, hopefully, love. So don't get carried away.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 14th January 2015

A workshop offering a guide to developing cross-platform comedy is coming to Newcastle.

Written by Nic Wright. Giggle Beats, 14th January 2015

I am pressing on with my lonely foray into character comedy and writing what I hope might some day be the pilot of a sitcom - helped by Micheal Jacob, my writing mentor who has, so far never backed away from me in a social situation (although there's still time).

Written by Chris Smith. The Huffington Post, 12th January 2015

You've plotted your script. Maybe you've written a couple of drafts - and then you get a note. 'This scene is very funny, but would Jennifer really run down the street in a giraffe costume, especially given how self-conscious she is?' So, does that mean you need to change it? Maybe. Maybe not. Let's ask the most basic question first.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 3rd January 2015

Grand Scheme Media, the TV development consultancy and training organisation, is running a series of comedy workshops throughout the UK in the New Year designed to give people interested in working in TV Comedy an insider's guide on how to get in.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 23rd December 2014

Steve Coogan says he finds screenwriting a grounding experience and as rewarding as acting.

Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 23rd December 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!

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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.

Catastrophe gets Series 2

Catastrophe gets Series 2

Channel 4 has recommissioned Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's sitcom Catastrophe. Read

Harry & Paul - 25 years

Harry & Paul - 25 years

Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are reportedly making a special to celebrate 25 years of their sketches. Read

8m see Still Open All Hours

8m see Still Open All Hours

The first series of Still Open All Hours came to a close last night with a peak of over 8m viewers. Read

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

(After) Life of Cook & Moore

A preview of 'Goodbye - The (After) Life of Cook & Moore', the comic play about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Read

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2014

The results of the 9th Comedy.co.uk Awards. Cabin Pressure writer John Finnemore is the biggest winner. Read

Arthur Strong interview

Arthur Strong interview

BCG chats to Count Arthur Strong. Somehow he gets the impression we've booked him for Just A Minute. Read

New reality TV panel show

New reality TV panel show

ITV2 has ordered a brand new panel show focussed on the world of reality television. Read

iPlayer: Funny Valentines

iPlayer: Funny Valentines

The BBC has announced a set of 9 new iPlayer comedy programmes to mark Valentine's Day 2015. Read

Moone Boy Series 3 stars

Moone Boy Series 3 stars

Sky has announced a raft of guest stars for Moone Boy Series 3, which returns to screens in March. Read

The Walshes axed

The Walshes axed

The BBC has axed new sitcom The Walshes, prompting writer Graham Linehan to complain. Read

Rich Fulcher's new TV pilot

Rich Fulcher's new TV pilot

Mighty Boosh actor Rich Fulcher is to star in a Channel 4 sitcom pilot set around a struggling adult store. Read

Mr Bean is to return

Mr Bean is to return

Rowan Atkinson is to return as the hapless character Mr Bean for a new sketch for Comic Relief 2015. Read

Katherine Ryan gets pilot

Katherine Ryan gets pilot

Canadian comic Katherine Ryan is to host a pilot episode for her own series, The Katherine Ryan Show. Read

Catastrophe interview

Catastrophe interview

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney talk about how Catastrophe, their new Channel 4 show was conceived. Read

Leicester Comedy Festival

Leicester Comedy Festival

100s of comedians will take part in Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2015 between 4th & 22nd February. Read

Stephen Mangan is pregnant

Stephen Mangan is pregnant

Episodes star Stephen Mangan is to play a pregnant man in Birthday, a comic drama coming to Sky Arts in 2015. Read

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

Inside No. 9 - Series 2

The second series of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's anthology show is filming now. More details here: Read

Fresh Meat - final series

Fresh Meat - final series

Channel 4 has confirmed it has ordered eight final episodes of university-based comedy drama Fresh Meat. 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.