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Comedy at the crossroads

Comedy has not had the same uplift in budgets and ambition as straight-up scripted fare, but half hours that are as big on drama as laughs are in demand and, increasingly, on-demand. Just don't call it 'dramedy'.

Stewart Clarke, TBI Vision, 8th May 2017

Stand-Up is the ultimate lesson in common ground

We chatted to some stand-up comedians to find out their secrets to making the audience feel connected with one another.

Jennifer Barton, The Huffington Post, 26th April 2017

Finding a character's unique voice

This is hard to do and has to be informed by character, but once you hear the characters talking in your head, you know you're onto something.

James Cary, 25th April 2017

Polishing Your Script

Deadlines are like bees. Right up close and in large numbers, they're horrendous. But from a distance, and overall, they produce good things. If you're an aspiring scriptwriter, there's a deadline looming. The BBC Writersroom is accepting unsolicited scripts between now and 15th May 2017. That means a human being will actually read your script. Or at least ten pages of it.

James Cary, 21st April 2017

Working Title hires Mark Freeland

Working Title Television UK has hired former BBC comedy chief Mark Freeland to run its comedy unit.

TBI Vision, 21st April 2017

Advice to writers

A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak to some university students about writing. Here's the gist of what I said.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 17th April 2017

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