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 30th September
The organisers of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival have launched their 2015 Silver Comedy stand-up competition, aimed at those aged over 55. Read
|Published 20th September
In this video, double-act Cardinal Burns offer insight and tips on how to create a sketch show. Watch
|Published 18th September
The search for the next British comedy talent is underway. Do you have what it takes to win the Hobgoblin Comedy Award? Entry closes on Monday. Read
|Published 3rd September
The COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival has teamed up with Wildseed Studios to offer a £10,000 Production Award to nurture comedy filmmakers. Read
|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 15th July|
I talked to Lucien Young, who's been working on Siblings.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 29th September 2014
Now, I by no means think that I am the Dalai Llama of comedy; sitting on a mountain and dishing out comedy wisdom but I thought this might help anyone thinking of stepping into the intimidating world of standing up. I have been acting funny for five years and doing funnies with my sketch group Vinegar (formerly Vinegar Knickers) for three years although when it comes to stand up comedy I am a newbie! So why am I writing tips? Well, over the last 10 months of newbiedom I have found out some useful tit-bits that might help anyone starting out or might just be amusing reading. So here goes...
Written by Samantha Baines. The Huffington Post, 16th September 2014
So, if you've been involved in generating ideas for someone else's sitcom, or been part of a gag pass, or the show creator is your brother. Whatever. You've been asked to write an episode. Now what?
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th September 2014
The Comedy Trust, the organisers of the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival, are now recruiting for their latest Comedy Course for Beginners.
Liverpool Echo, 8th September 2014
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
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!
Angela Barnes talks about the comedy career ladder, Mock The Week, and having her GP on speed dial. Read
Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr and Peter Kay are top of a list of the UK's best known stand-ups. Read
Radio 4 has ordered a second series of new sketch show Trodd En Bratt Say 'Well Done You'. Read
Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria - aka EastEnd Cabaret - answer questions about each other. Read
The Women in Comedy Festival - 80+ shows across 16 Manchester venues - is on 11th to 26th October. Read
The political panel show podcast. Featuring guests including Paul Sinha, Suzi Ruffell and Mitch Benn. Listen
Harry Hill is to star in Professor Branestawm, a BBC One family comedy drama. Read
Jimmy Carr is to front the pilot episode of a UK re-make of hit American comedy format Drunk History. Read
Tom Edge, the creator of Channel 4's Scrotal Recall writes about the show. Plus interviews with the key cast. Read
Sarah Campbell talks about getting 'lizard brain' whilst filming undercover on ITV2's Bad Bridesmaid. Read
Interview. Rhod Gilbert talks about taking on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, plus his sitcom plans. Read
ITV is developing Good Vibrations, a TV comedy based on the book by the boss of Ann Summers. Read
Jason Manford is to host a new ITV comedy game show in which couples will fight to win a holiday. Read
Modern Toss are presenting an exhibition celebrating 10 years of 'unique cack-handed drawings'. Read
Ryan Sampson - aka Grumio from Plebs - talks about how Bulgaria doesn't understand bare bums. Read
London Hughes describes how she had to turn herself into a horrid diva for ITV2 show Bad Bridesmaid. Read
Musical comedy group Axis of Awesome talk about their UK tour, and their elaborate YouTube series. Read