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.
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
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
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
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
A diary recounting taking an 8 week stand-up course with tutor Logan Murray. Read
|Published 23rd October
A blog from Craig Beadle discussing what caused him to decide to sign up to a stand-up course. Read
|Published 22nd October
Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye is amongst the latest speakers announced for November's Big Comedy Conference. Details
|Published 18th October
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
|Published 7th October
Entry is now open for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2015. The heats start in mid-January. Read
Ever had the urge to stand on a crate in a room full of strangers? Cariad Lloyd has everything you need to know.
Written by Cariad Lloyd. Standard Issue, 21st November 2014
Justin Moorhouse, writer Jim Poyser and marketing agency MC2 have joined together to form a new production company.
Prolific North, 20th November 2014
Georgia Sharp is an agent's assistant at JLA and writes exclusively for Comedy Blogedy about the corporate comedy world.
Written by Georgia Sharp. Comedy Blogedy, 17th November 2014
If you use the exclusive code at the bottom of this posting, you can get a £20 discount off the price of attending the second annual Big Comedy Conference which the British Comedy Guide is holding in London on Saturday 29th November (9.00am to 7.00pm).
Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 14th November 2014
The reason for this blog is to let you know that those real comedy geeks over at the British Comedy Guide a running another conference on Saturday 29th November 2014. I'm really glad that these guys are running comedy conferences because they just love comedy. And that comes through in everything they do.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th November 2014
We talk to Peter Dixon, who runs Funny Way To Be Comedy Club in Barnard Castle.
Written by Andrew Dipper. Giggle Beats, 3rd November 2014
Ever fancied writing comedy for the wireless? Give Gabby Hutchinson Crouch a Jelly Baby and she'll tell you how.
Written by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch. Standard Issue, 24th October 2014
Written by Matthew Campelli. Broadcast, 23rd October 2014
The serious business of bringing comedy to the TV screen will be brought to life by the creators of BBC hits Twenty Twelve and W1A, along with Blackadder and QI producer John Lloyd at a major conference next month.
Written by Shelina Begum. Manchester Evening News, 22nd October 2014
I'm one of the people lucky enough to have won a place on the BBC's Room to Write scheme.
Written by Keiron Nicholson. BBC Writersroom, 20th October 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!
The comedy troupe So On And So Forth have been given their own BBC Radio 4 sketch show series. Read
Lee Evans, one of the UK's best known stand-ups, has unexpectedly announced he is to retire from comedy. Read
Jason Manford explains why his new DVD is making people soil themselves, and he talks about his club chain. Read
Win tickets to see Variety Soup in London. It's the fantastic hit show from the Slightly Fat Features ensemble. Enter
Sarah Millican chats to Richard Herring in the latest episode of his podcast series. It's a funny chat. Listen
Paddy McGuinness is to return to comedy acting with a role in ITV's new midwife sitcom, The Delivery Man. Read
Comedy sketch duo Flip and Maggie ask 'Where are the people, particularly women, of our age in comedy?' Read
Comedy Central has confirmed the commission of a new studio sitcom. It's called I Live With Models. Read
The BBC has ordered comedies for its Magna Carta season, including a new Horrible Histories episode. Read
The 15 finalists involved in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2014 competition are listed here: Read
Eddie Izzard is to write his memoirs. He has signed a book deal with a US publishing company. Read
UKTV Gold has announced it is increasing its investment in new shows to develop five new sitcoms. Read
John Cleese has been named as the most influential British comedy icon in a poll of the public. Read
BBC Two has ordered another series of Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, and a round-up of 2014. Read
People Just Do Nothing, the BBC Three sitcom set around a pirate radio station, has been given a 2nd series. Read
Stand-up Sara Pascoe is this week's guest on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Listen
Julia Davis's latest sitcom project, Morning Has Broken, has been given a full series by Channel 4. Read