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.
The annual COFILMIC Film Festival has opened submissions for its 2014 competition. Read
|Published 12th June|
|Published 10th June
Entry is now open for the Leicester Square Theatre's New Comedian Of The Year 2014 competition. Read
|Published 30th May
An interview with Lauris Beinerts, the publisher of a YouTube sketch which will soon pass the 7,000,000 views mark. Read
|Published 29th May|
|Published 12th May
BBC current affairs programme Newsnight is looking for entrants to perform on its Edinburgh Revue Show in August, on the topic of the Scottish independence debate. Read
|Published 29th April
FUBAR Radio, the UK's new comedy-focused digital radio station, is running a competition to find a full-time sidekick for presenter Justin Lee Collins. Read
|Published 29th April
The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe is launching 'Funny Scunny', a new act competition which includes a £400 cash prize. The deadline to enter is the end of May. Read
|Published 10th April
Comedy writer and performer Doc Brown will offer mentorship and career guidance via the website NoiseFestival.com Read
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
Today's blog is given over to Joel Soetendorp, a comedy writer you've probably never heard of but who is very successfully making a living at writing comedy.
Written by Dave Cohen. 3rd July 2014
There were common mistakes too... Too few jokes in a sketch. Obviously it is good if a sketch is built around a funny concept but it also needs lots of jokes throughout the sketch.
BBC Writersroom, 20th June 2014
Our writer tries to get laughs from total strangers - would she get funnier after a masterclass from Lucy Porter?
Written by Leah Green. The Guardian, 19th June 2014
How to do Exposition.
Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 11th June 2014
Big Talk Productions has appointed Saurabh Kakkar to the new role of Head of Comedy Development.
Written by Jon Creamer. Televisual Magazine, 3rd June 2014
Twitter can be useful in that way. Sometimes, Twitter is a chance to watch the first draft of people's imagination.
Written by Robin Ince. 29th May 2014
Suite director and editor Richard Halladey and Independent Post Company's Mykola Pawluk discuss the art of comedy editing.
Televisual Magazine, 27th May 2014
Liz Lewin has joined Channel 4's comedy commissioning team, covering Deputy Head of Comedy Nerys Evans' maternity leave.
Channel 4 Press Office, 20th May 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!
Prolific actress Dora Bryan, who featured in comedies like Last Of The Summer Wine, has died. Read
Steve Coogan has been recording some voiceovers. Here's some of the funny ones which got cut out. Watch
Chris Barrie has expressed an interest in starring in a revival of the hit 1990s BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire. Read
Bill Bailey has hosted a pilot episode of a revival of the classic TV quiz show format Name That Tune. Read
Give Out Girls, the Sky Living sitcom set around a group of promo girls, is switching to Comedy Central. Read
Carly Smallman reveals how, after appearing on TV, she received lots of abuse about how she looks. Read
Shaun The Sheep has been named via a poll as the nation's most popular BBC children's character. Read
Anti-virus firm Norton have released a guide to hacking in the style of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Read
Terry Mynott talks about the return of the 'sleeper hit' sitcom The Mimic, and how to do impressions. Read
An interview with MC Grindah and DJ Beats, the characters at the centre of BBC3's People Just Do Nothing. Read
Hayley Ellis provides this handy guide on how to deal with other people on social networking websites. Read
A public poll has revealed the nation's top ten favourite Monty Python sketches. Results here. Read
Ventriloquist Nina Conti is working on a new show for BBC Two called Nina Conti's Va-Va-Riety Show. Read
Rhod Gilbert has been named as the new permanent host of panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Read
Ben Miller speaks about how he went from uni to becoming one of the biggest names in UK comedy. Read
Exciting news: Radio 4 is reviving its hit impressions show Dead Ringers after a break of seven years. Read