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.
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
|Published 16th September
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
|Published 10th September|
|Published 3rd July
A new podcast series in which James Cary and Dave Cohen talk about sitcom writing. Listen
|Published 12th June|
|Published 22nd May
BBC Radio Comedy has announced the appointment of two new Contract Writers, Sarah Campbell and Liam Beirne. Read
|Published 15th May
Laura Marks, the producer and director behind the BBC's Room To Write video monologues, shares some insight and advice here. Read
|Published 11th May
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
|Published 16th April
Short Com is open for comedy film submissions for its 2015/2016 touring schedule of screenings. If you've made a short comedy film or sketch, here's how to submit it... Read
Many will have found themselves at events where everyone working in the room is being paid for their time and expertise, apart from the artist.
Written by Robin Ince. 29th September 2015
On the last blog post, I kicked off an idea for a new sitcom called Third Time Lucky, a sitcom about a Geoff and Lynette who are getting married for the third time - the second time to each other. Someone left a comment which is quite interesting, which I'm going to comment on here.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 29th September 2015
On this blog - and my book - I've written a lot about set-up, characters, story and plot. Whilst I try to provide examples from both my own work and existing shows on TV and Radio, it's hard not to be wise after the event. So, for the next series of blog posts, that may go on for weeks or months, I'm going to start a sitcom from scratch here on the blog. As I do so, I'll talk about the decisions that I'm making all along the way, and what's in my mind as I make them.
Written by James Cary. Beyond the Joke, 25th September 2015
The Comedy Studio was a writer-development initiative which ran during the first half of 2015. Richard Webb, Executive Producer for BBC Comedy, and two of the writers involved explain what the process involved and what they got from it ...
BBC Writersroom, 23rd September 2015
Today Chortle launches a new comic writing competition in honour of P.G. Wodehouse. As well as the title, the winner of the P.G. Wodehouse New Comic Writer award will win a weekend writing course (worth £425) plus a bundle of books by the man widely regarded as the best comic novelist of the 20th century.
Chortle, 4th September 2015
There's been a lot of news about joke thieves recently, but it's a practice that's been around for years. Why does it happen, and how do people get away with it so often?
Written by Dean Burnett. The Guardian, 25th August 2015
In the latest Sitcom Geeks podcast, we talk about writing the pilot episode. I talk about stuff that I also cover in my book, Writing That Sitcom.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 13th August 2015
James Cary's book is is slightly mis-titled. Writing That Sitcom is not so much a step-by-step guide to creating a magic script, more a very long way of saying: Writing a sitcom? What the hell are you thinking! It's hard. Really hard. Your genius idea probably never get made and if it does, the process is so awful you'll hate it.
Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 4th August 2015
Thinking of trying stand-up for the first time? Dreaming of taking comic material to Edinburgh? Clint Edwards, rising star in the stand-up world (he supported the mighty Rhod Gilbert), has taken time out of his routine-writing to share five pointers that he wished he knew when he first stepped in front of an audience.
Written by Amy Pay. WOW247, 15th July 2015
Writing the perfect sitcom is the Holy Grail of comedy. Get it right and you will be carried through the city on people's shoulders. Get it wrong and you might as well go and hide under a stone. Look at the brickbats aimed at Ben Elton's The Wright Way. Even the co-writer of Blackadder got it wrong.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 15th July 2015
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!
Filming is underway on The Further Adventures Of Professor Branestawm. Harry Hill plays the inventor. Read
Jocelyn Jee Esien is working on a new sketch show project for BBC Radio 4 called It's Jocelyn. Read
Elis James and Katy Wix are to star in Ankle Tag, a new sitcom pilot for BBC Radio 2 about a frauster. Read
Jonny Sweet talks about his BBC Three sitcom, Together. Is any of the story based on real life experiences? Read
Michaela Coel is the writer and star of E4's Chewing Gum. In this interview she introduces her new show. Read
Robert Webb and Terry Mynott will star in The King's Men, a new Radio 2 sitcom pilot set before World War I. Read
Radio 2 is making The Peterford Golf Club, a new sitcom which has been written by and stars Simon Farnaby. Read
A podcast series in which Jamie Morton reads out chapters from an erotic book his 60 year-old dad has written. Listen
Read about how Danny Wallace got started in the world of writing, and what he'd do if he was starting now. Read
Classic BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em could return to screens for new episodes in 2016. Read
10 years since his death, we remember Ronnie Barker and his route to comedy stardom. Read
Filming has begun on the third, highly-anticipated Bridget Jones film: Bridget Jones's Baby. Read
David Walliams's Billionaire Boy adaptation is to star John Thomson and Rebecca Front. Read
Billy Connolly is to perform a series of gigs at London's Eventim Apollo in January 2016. Tickets are now on sale. Read
We spoke to The Job Lot star Sarah Hadland - who plays Trish in the job centre sitcom - about Series 3: Read
Friends's David Schwimmer will co-star with Julia Davis and Nick Mohammed in their new Channel 4 sitcom. Read
Greg Davies has confirmed that his sitcom Man Down will return to Channel 4 for a third series next year. Read