BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 15th May 2020

Lockdown continues, and it's proving a boom in creativity. If you need some inspiration or guidance, there's plenty below to help.

Yellow Door competition

BCG Pro's Yellow Door Script Call Paywall

Have you started writing for this competition yet? The prize is pretty special: three people will get the chance to have their scripts developed and pitched to TV channels. Round 1 is about stories. The deadline is 12th June.


Online comedy courses

Our first Zoom-based courses have now started and are going great! There're a few places left on forthcoming ones, so book now if you'd like to learn from home. There's sitcom, comedy drama, radio sketch, stand-up, and topical comedy options to choose from.

BCG Pro Gag-a-week competition

BCG Pro Gag-a-Week competition Paywall

Each week, there's a chance to gain social media glory (and a cash prize) by entering our gag competition. This time you've got until Sunday night to think up a joke about mobile phones...

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

Dave Cohen and James Cary talk to multi-talented writer-producer-director-editor Justin Sbresni in the latest episode of their podcast.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

A reminder that subscribers can head to our Opportunities Hub at any point to find things to get involved with. For example, there's a free webinar about developing comedy which you can book a place on.

Live Comedy Association steering group formed

Live Comedy Association steering group formed

The steering group for the new Live Comedy Association has been revealed. This association will be aiming to represent everyone who works in the live comedy industry.

My Comedy Career: Daniel Berg

My Comedy Career: Daniel Berg Paywall

Daniel Berg, CEO of comedy streaming company NextUp, talks about his job. Along the way, he gives tips on project management tools, how to maintain a work-life balance, and how to start out in the comedy industry.

Comedian's Comedian

Comedian's Comedian Podcast

Actor and stand-up comedian Brett Goldstein is the latest person to be interviewed on The Comedian's Comedian Podcast. Almongst other things, he talks about workaholism.


BCG Pro Talent Awards: Writing Paywall

Our (first) annual BCG Pro Talent Award for writers is open. We're challenging you to write two sketches on set topics. Amongst other things, the shortlisted entrants will have their scripts made - something to put on the CV!

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe on stand-up

Top comedian Sara Pascoe spent almost 2 hours on Instragram Live yesterday evening, providing fascinating guidance and insight into the stand-up comedy circuit; how to get into performing; and more.

My Comedy Career: Julian Hall

My Comedy Career: Julian Hall Paywall

Writer and publicist Julian Hall gives us some insight into what his job - promoting the projects of comedians - is like on a day-to-day basis.

BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom

The BBC's website for writers has had a facelift and is worth a look. Their script library is particularly great - it's a chance to see how things looked on the page. Inside No. 9 is one, and also available on iPlayer so a great opportunity to compare script and screen.

BCG Pro content

How to get producers and agents to read your scripts Paywall

The question we get asked most is 'how do I get an producer to read my script?'. This hour-long video sees a panel discussing that topic, as part of our BCG Pro Library of exclusive content.


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Russian Doll - ADHD

This sketch for MelonComedy is written by and stars BCG Pro member Lorelei Mathias. It's the first in a series of skits themed around neurodiversity. This one focuses on someone with ADHD who is attempting to meet an old friend for a drink.

Comedy Casebook

Comedy Casebook: Chris J Windle

Comedy writer and actor Chris J Windle has filled in our Comedy Casebook interview. He was also recently interviewed on BBC Essex about a comedy he's developing, the Basildon-set crime sitcom Scumbags.

Thanks for reading

We've got lots of exciting content coming up in the next fortnight for subscribers. There's a really in-depth look at how to record and edit a podcast in the pipeline; we'll be launching our first Skills Academy tutorial (over 50 pages on how to write brilliant sketches); publishing an interview with a top TV-producing duo; and more.

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