- Wednesday 12th February 2020, 9:55am
- Northampton, England
- 133 posts
Quote: Definitely Tarby @ 12th February 2020, 1:57 AM
It has to be said we do have a fairly good hit rate on this thread, and we're becoming more aware of the sort of choices the time-pressured script editors are making. There are lots of threads from previous series where we go through our rejections, and also where we have weighed up the probability of getting on the show from the sheer numbers.
What we have gleaned is that the audience is middle aged to elderly, in general, so they might have heard of Stormzy but probably not Wiley, and your joke level should probably be not the first pun you think of as everyone will send that in, but the second stands a chance. Politically, veer leftish, but Corbyn is fair game.
We have also surmised that if you send in 2 jokes on the same topic, and they like one they may accidentally broadcast the other.
My tips (and I have failed to follow them this week).
- Make sure you don't target protected groups.
- Brevity is key. It's more important than logical sense.
- In sketches, make them fun to perform. No interviews or plain conversations between two people. I've only ever had oneliners on, so I'm not the best to advise on sketches.
- Persist. We worked out that there are only about 11 minutes of the show that are written by public submissions, and hundreds of entries, so your comedy gold may well get left on the table. Sometimes when we listen to the show, we're like whaaaat?
- Find out from Twitter who is working on the show. They occasionally extend the deadline if they've had a fallow week, but if you've already submitted, never mind.
And weak puns and virtue signalling.
Hope that helps!