The British Comedy Guide Presents:
The Big Comedy Conference
Saturday 29th November 2014. London. 9am - 7pm

How to get on in TV and radio comedy writing - the best practical advice from the biggest names in UK comedy.

Here's the speakers we have announced so far...

Damon Beesley Simon Nye Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin

Damon Beesley

Co-creator of The Inbetweeners and the Executive Producer of Siblings and Drifters.

Simon Nye

Creator of Men Behaving Badly and the writer behind many other comedies too.

Hamilton & Jenkin

Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin are the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey, Outnumbered and more.

Mark Burton

Mark Burton

Mark Burton's Hollywood projects include Madagascar and Wallace & Gromit. He's the writer and director behind the new Shaun The Sheep movie too.

  Mellie Buse

Mellie Buse

Mellie Buse is a children's TV producer, script writer, editor and consultant. Her shows include Grandpa In My Pocket and Ha Ha Hairies.

Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen's TV and radio comedy writing credits include Horrible Histories, Not Going Out and 15 Minute Musical. His book How to be Averagely Successful at Comedy is a must-read.

  Julian Dutton

Julian Dutton

Julian Dutton has written and performed in many shows, including The Big Impression and The Secret World. He created Scoop, is the co-creator of new all-visual BBC1 series Pompidou, and is now working on an animated film.

Andrew Ellard

Andrew Ellard

One of the country's top script editors, Andrew Ellard's credits include Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd, Cardinal Burns and Count Arthur Strong.

  Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows is an award-winning writer and producer based in Ealing Studios. Stephen will be returning as one of our panel hosts.

Laura Shavin

Laura Shavin

Actress, writer and voice over artist Laura Shavin is a regular on Radio 4. You'll have no doubt have heard her work on The Now Show.

  Pete Sinclair

Pete Sinclair

As well a sitcom writer, Pete Sinclair is one of the UK's top joke writers. He works with stand-up like Mark Steel and Jack Dee.


8 panel sessions

2 headline talks

TV and radio's top commissioners talking about what they're looking for

One-on-one sessions with the nation's top comedy comedy experts

Great networking opportunities

Just some of the topics our panels will cover:

Writing for writer-performers
Jokes without words - how to do silent comedy
How to make a living at comedy
How to write for Newsjack


We'll pair you up with an expert who, in a one-on-one session, will help you hone your own comedy project. This is a free offer as part of your ticket. You can pick from one of the following three options...

Euroscript Juliet Meyers Microphone

Script One-To-One

We're delighted to confirm that our one-to-one script reading sessions will be handled by Euroscript, one of the top script-reading consultancies in the country.

A team of expert comedy script readers will be on hand all day to discuss your sitcom scripts and treatments, and how you should progress with them. Each session lasts 30 minutes.

Joke Repair Kit

Bring your jokes to life with the individual help of some of the country's top gag writers including Juliet Meyers (top stand-up, written for The Sarah Millican TV Show) and Tony Cowards ('the best joke writer around' GQ Magazine) and more BIG names to be announced.

A 15 minute one-to-one will make your jokes shine.

Stand-Up Session

We've got some stand-up comedians attending the conference looking to hone their set, so we've organised as an alternative to a writing-based one-to-one session the chance to spend time with one of the country's top stand-up tutors who can help you perfect your act.

You'll have half an hour with your tutor in a private room to work through your set.

Tickets are £169, including free lunch

Early Bird Offer: £119, including free lunch
- Hurry, Early Bird offer ends 31st October

Register Now

Feedback from last year's event

This will be the British Comedy Guide's second conference. The Big Comedy Conference 2013, which took place last November and featured Al Murray, Jo Brand, David Nobbs, Gary Delaney, Arthur Smith and over 30 other comedy experts, was a roaring success.

Here are some quotes taken from independent blogs published about last year's event...

"Some stuff blew my mind." (Mike Yeoman)

"Hearing real life examples from experienced practitioners is incredibly useful." (David Salisbury)

"This is a conference you do not want to miss if it returns next year." (Funny Women)

"A frankly amazing conference. I mean, seriously." (Such Small Portions)

Plus, here's some more (genuine, honest!) feedback we received from participants by email: "I thought the day was really excellent"; "It was a fantastic event absolutely packed with great advice from people who really know what they're talking about."; "The content was fantastic, the atmosphere perfect and the organisation smooth and cheery."; "It was well organised with interesting speakers, good comedians and lovely food."; "I knew it would be great but it far exceeded even my wildest expectations!"; "Met some lovely people and learnt plenty to give me food for thought."

If that's not enough to convince you, email us and we'll send you a document with even more quotes.

The Big Comedy Conference 2014 - More Details

Clerkenwell Centre Following the success of The Big Comedy Conference 2013, The British Comedy Guide is now organising another packed day of talks to offer practical advice and support to those wanting to make a career in comedy writing.

This day is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in comedy to meet and hear from some of the industry's most successful luminaries. The focus of the conference is to offer practical advice on how to make comedy your full-time job and how to progress up the ladder.

Turn up to get your questions answered, make useful contacts and equip yourself to begin earning a living from the craft you love.

The event will take place on Saturday 29th November 2014 in Clerkenwell, London (just a short walk from Old Street station). The newly refitted venue we will be using boasts excellent amenities, including a bar. With our free lunch thrown in and free refreshments throughout the day, you'll never have to leave the venue and you won't miss a minute.

The venue opens at 9am, with talks and workshops running from 9:30am to 7pm. Two sessions will take place simultaneously in many of the hours to ensure there's always something of interest for you. A session featuring top commissioners will round the day off. The venue's bar will also be open for networking opportunities.

In addition to the talks, we're laying on one-to-one sessions with experts. You can pick from a half-hour consultation with a script reader; 15 minutes with a top gag writer to make your jokes shine; or, if you're looking to perform, half hour with a stand-up tutor. It's a free session as part of your ticket. Note: To fit everything into the day, these sessions occur at the same time as the talks and workshops.

If you have any questions about the conference do contact us. We'd be happy to answer all queries.

Ready to sign up?
Register Now