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.

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

May 'Make It' newsletter

Here's our 'Make It' newsletter, sent to inboxes in mid-May. It features lots of news, insight and opportunities. Next one will be in early July. Read   Subscribe

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Sitcom Geeks podcast

Published 3rd July

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 12th June

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 22nd May

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 15th May

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 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

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

Short Com looking for comedy film submissions

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

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy

Published 12th March

A group of established comedians have set up a new theatre company and school - one which is devoted entirely to improvised comedy. They are now running courses. Read

Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 competition open for entries

Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 competition open for entries

Published 12th March

The entry form for the 2015 Amused Moose Laugh Off, a stand-up comedy competition for new acts, is now available. Read

UK's Funniest Blogger Awards - nominations open

UK's Funniest Blogger Awards - nominations open

Published 23rd February

Do you write a funny blog, curate an amusing website or joke a lot on Twitter? If so, here's how to submit your creation to The Dog Doodahs' competition, the UK's Funniest Blogger Awards. Read

North Wales set for 2015 comedy writers conference

North Wales set for 2015 comedy writers conference

Published 19th February

Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015. Read

Article Archive

External Articles

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

The Sitcom Geek book is finally here. Or there on Amazon, at least. Writing that Sitcom is available for Kindle and Kindle App now. (If you're interested, here's why it's on Kindle and not a 'real book'). Here is the intro to pique your interest yet further.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 13th July 2015

I've written a book that will be out soon. It's called Writing That Sitcom.

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 8th July 2015

Rejection is shite - no two words for it. It hurts and it is painful. I've faced it this week, last week and will probably face it again next week. Whether it is in the personal or professional sense - it's crap but I always put it down to me not being ready or there's something else I need to learn.

Rocliffe Notes, 5th July 2015

"Jealousy and envy - the only two reasons I write," a friend posted on Facebook recently.

Written by Dave Cohen. 2nd July 2015

Cariad Lloyd talks to comedy producer Jo Sargent (in her only ever interview) about nurturing talent.

Written by Cariad Lloyd. Standard Issue, 2nd July 2015

The world probably doesn't need another podcast about writing, television or sitcoms. But we didn't ask. I've teamed up with Dave Cohen and started one about the art of writing sitcoms for television, with an eye (or ear?) to radio as well. It is kindly hosted by the British Comedy Guide, and produced by Katie Storey. Episode 1 is out now and you can listen to it here (via Soundcloud, iTunes, etc).

Written by James Cary. Sitcom Geek, 1st July 2015

Magners is launching a search to find the UK's best new comedian.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 30th June 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

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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.

Rob Brydon & Tom Jones plan

Rob Brydon & Tom Jones plan

Rob Brydon is set to host a BBC Children in Need concert featuring comedy about Sir Tom Jones. Read

Taskmaster interviews

Taskmaster interviews

The comedians involved in new channel Dave show Taskmaster talk about taking part in the bizarre challenges. Read

Crackanory - Series 3

Crackanory - Series 3

Dave has confirmed the commissioning of Crackanory Series 3, with star readers set to include Christopher Lloyd. Read

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay sitcom

Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman will head up the cast of Bull, a TV sitcom set in an antiques shop. Read

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Hank Zipzer Series 3

Happy Days star Henry Winkler is to return to CBBC for a third series of Hank Zipzer. Read

Kunt And The Gang interview

Kunt And The Gang interview

Kunt And The Gang - the musical comedy act delivers 'songs of questionable taste' - talks about his career. Read

You're Back In The Room

You're Back In The Room

Phillip Schofield will return to ITV with four new episodes of comedy game show You're Back In The Room. Read

The Naked Stand-Up

The Naked Stand-Up

Glory Pearl explains why she will be performing her Edinburgh Fringe shows totally naked. Read

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image to return?

Spitting Image producer John Lloyd says he wants to bring back the satirical puppet format, maybe as an online show. Read

Reading & Leeds preview

Reading & Leeds preview

Milton Jones, Katherine Ryan and Seann Walsh, amongst the many comedians at Reading and Leeds festivals. Read

Bluestone 42 ends

Bluestone 42 ends

The writers of the army-based BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42 have confirmed that the sitcom has ended. Read

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely back on Radio 4

Absolutely, the comedy sketch group who starred in their own Channel 4 show, are making a series for Radio 4. Read

Who has the best poster?

Who has the best poster?

You can vote for which of this year's Edinburgh shows has the best poster. The winning show will get cash. Read

Big School ends

Big School ends

Big School, the sitcom created by David Walliams, has ended. The star is now working on a sketch show. Read

Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing

The hit comedy panel show podcast is back for a fifth series, with guests including Katherine Ryan. Listen

Greg James interview

Greg James interview

Radio 1 DJ Greg James talks to BCG about how proud he is to have written his own BBC sitcom pilot. Read

Grindah and Beats interview

Grindah and Beats interview

Grindah and Beats, the main two characters in BBC mockumentary People Just Do Nothing, talk to BCG: Read

Yonderland interview

Yonderland interview

The cast of Yonderland talk about the return of the fantasy comedy series, and the labels put on their show. 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.