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.

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November 'Make It' newsletter

Here's our 'Make It' newsletter, sent to inboxes on the 5th November. It features lots of news, insight and opportunities. Look out for the tips on what the commissioners want. Read   Subscribe

How we made SuperBob

How we made SuperBob

Published October 2015

SuperBob director Jon Drever explains how his movie was made. The film had a long development time, but a very short shoot. Read

Competition to create artwork inspired by Dawn French's book

Competition to create artwork inspired by Dawn French's book

Published October 2015

Artists are being invited to produce a piece of art inspired by According To Yes, the new novel from Dawn French. The winner will receive a prize package which includes a £1,500 bursary. Read

Write a modern new Christmas cracker joke to win £1,500

Write a modern new Christmas cracker joke to win £1,500

Published October 2015

TV channel Gold is once again running its competition to find the best modern Christmas cracker jokes. The winner will a £1,500 holiday and a bespoke set of crackers. Read

Lucy Lumsden to leave Sky

Lucy Lumsden to leave Sky

Published September 2015

Sky's Head Of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden, has announced she is leaving the network to return to producing her own shows. Read Stuart Murphy's email in full. Read

MADE TV to showcase sketches via The Purple Pigeon

MADE TV to showcase sketches via The Purple Pigeon

Published September 2015

The MADE TV network, which operates in Leeds, Tyne and Wear, Bristol and Newcastle, is looking for video sketches which it can broadcast via its new show The Purple Pigeon. Read

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Published July 2015

A new podcast series in which James Cary and Dave Cohen talk about sitcom writing. Listen

Julie Bower talks about creating sitcom So Awkward

Julie Bower talks about creating sitcom So Awkward

Published June 2015

In an exclusive blog for the British Comedy Guide, Julie Bower, the creator of new CBBC sitcom So Awkward, talks about how the show was developed. Read

Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne new BBC Radio Contract Writers

Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne new BBC Radio Contract Writers

Published May 2015

BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read

Room To Write producer and director interview

Room To Write producer and director interview

Published May 2015

Laura Marks, the producer and director behind the BBC's Room To Write video monologues, shares some insight and advice here. Read

An article on 'making it' in comedy

An article on 'making it' in comedy

Published May 2015

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

Article Archive

External Articles

One of the things I was keen to do when I was appointed as Archivist for the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive in January 2015 was to ensure that websites and social media relating to stand-up comedy were being captured and archived.

Written by Elspeth Millar. Kent Uni, 2nd February 2016

We asked the writers to sum up the experience in their words...

Written by Christine Robertson, Paul Parncutt, Mat Rees, Ryan Grant, Joanne Lau, Patrick Coyle, Laurence Tratalos, Lee Coan, Michael Beck, Shai Hussain, Sally Stott, Tez Ilyas. BBC Writersroom, 1st February 2016

Following the success of his satire workshop in January comedian Will Franken is hosting another workshop in February. This one will be called I'll Be Your Mirror: Using the Layering Craft of Mimicry to Enhance Linear Stand-Up.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 31st January 2016

Elaine Bedell, the director of entertainment and comedy at U.K. commercial network ITV, has stepped down after seven years.

Written by Leo Barraclough. Variety, 28th January 2016

We are half way through the first Comedy Room Development Programme!

BBC Writersroom, 22nd January 2016

Ben Farrell, who looked after programmes including Tracey Ullman's Show, is stepping down after less than two years.

Chortle, 22nd January 2016

You've thought of something funny but you may not have thought of a sketch. A sketch needs to be more than one joke - it needs to go somewhere. It needs to go into the mouth of a character and be part of a situation.

Written by Thomas Hescott. The Stage, 19th January 2016

The Northern Quarter venue hopes to find the stars of the future with its six week crash course in comedy.

Written by Sarah Walters. The Manchester Evening News, 14th January 2016

What are the golden rules of sitcom? I've been asking myself this, because, well, I've been asked this recently.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 22nd December 2015

There is no doubt that TV is where it's at. Every new TV sitcom that comes out is reviewed by all and sundry, generates a thousand tweets and opinions. The aspiring comedy writer could be forgiven for overlooking radio. But they'd be missing out on acres of opportunity.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 4th December 2015

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

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.

Inside No. 9 - Series 3

Inside No. 9 - Series 3

Casting has been revealed for Inside No. 9 Series 3, including Felicity Kendal and Morgana Robinson. Read

Cold Feet - Series 6

Cold Feet - Series 6

The cast of ITV comedy drama Cold Feet have reunited for the first time in 13 years, ahead of Series 6. Read

Citizen Khan Series 5

Citizen Khan Series 5

BBC One has announced that it has commissioned a fifth series of Adil Ray's family-based sitcom Citizen Khan. Read

Boy Meets Girl Series 2

Boy Meets Girl Series 2

The BBC has confirmed it has ordered Series 2 of its new sitcom Boy Meets Girl. Filming begins soon. Read

Steve Coogan is Stan Laurel

Steve Coogan is Stan Laurel

Steve Coogan is set to star as Stan Laurel in the BBC's forthcoming Laurel & Hardy comedy drama Stan And Ollie. Read

Michael McIntyre's new show

Michael McIntyre's new show

BBC One has confirmed that Michael McIntyre will return to the channel later this year with a brand new series. Read

Shaun The Sheep at Oscars?

Shaun The Sheep at Oscars?

The Shaun The Sheep Movie has been nominated for Best Animated Feature in the 2016 Academy Awards. Read

Fags, Mags & Bags is back

Fags, Mags & Bags is back

Fags, Mags & Bags, Radio 4's sitcom set in a Scots-Asian corner shop, is to return for a sixth series. Read

Channel 4 gets Loaded

Channel 4 gets Loaded

Channel 4 is making Loaded, a comedy drama about four life-long friends who become multi-millionaires. Read

E4's Foreign Bodies

E4's Foreign Bodies

E4 has ordered Foreign Bodies, a comedy drama about a gang of travellers embarking on a trip around Asia. Read

Simon Callow in The Rebel

Simon Callow in The Rebel

Simon Callow is to star in in a new sitcom on TV channel Gold called The Rebel. He will play an anarchic pensioner. Read

ITV orders Doc Martin 8

ITV orders Doc Martin 8

ITV has ordered an eighth series of Doc Martin, its hit comedy drama starring Martin Clunes. Read

Tracey Ullman's Show 2?

Tracey Ullman's Show 2?

Tracey Ullman's Show looks set to return for a second series, with both the BBC and the star up for making more. Read

Crashing interview

Crashing interview

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of Channel 4's Crashing, talks about the comedy drama here. Read

Missing Dad's Army animated

Missing Dad's Army animated

A Stripe For Frazer - an episode of Dad's Army which was wiped - is to be released as an animation via BBC Store. Read

Michael McIntyre tops DVDs

Michael McIntyre tops DVDs

With 297,003 units sold, Michael McIntyre's Happy & Glorious was the best selling DVD at Christmas 2015. Read

BBC2 wants new topical show

BBC2 wants new topical show

BBC Two is looking for a comedy variety format, with Saturday Night Live one of the shows named as an example. Read

Birds Of A Feather interview

Birds Of A Feather interview

Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph, Charlie Quirke and Samuel James chat about Series 12. 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.