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Short Course: Comedy Sketch Writing for Radio & TV


Amsden Coles

  • Monday 3rd June 2019, 10:53am
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 posts

Hi All,

Ed Amsden & Tom Coles here, a comedy writing partnership working across TV & Radio (Have I Got News For You, Dead Ringers, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The News Quiz, etc).

Thought we'd let you all know about a short course we're running at the National Film and Television school, where we'll be teaching you how to write sketch comedy.

In this 2 day, practical course, we'll cover:

- The theory behind how comedy sketches work, as well as tips and guidance for writing, including the importance of industry-standard formatting.
- 'Finding the funny' when choosing your angle and subject, selecting your target and mining it for jokes.
- Understanding and replicating different comic tones and styles.
- Comprehensive analysis on the difference between writing for radio and TV, as well as online, live performance and other formats.
- Creating, crafting and honing sketches together, with group discussion and one-to-one feedback.
- Open-submission programmes and potential career trajectories through comedy writing.
- Practical advice and guidance on where to submit your work and how to get your first broadcast credit.

Here's the link with all the necessary details:

Any questions, feel free to give us a shout. Hope to see you all in September!

Thanks and all the best,

Ed & Tom