BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 26th June 2020

We're excited today to reveal our first exclusive Tutorial. We're launching this with a month to go until our Writing Award closes, for which we're asking for two short sketches as your submission.

Skills Academy

How to write great comedy sketches

BCG Pro subscribers can now access more than 80 pages of great advice about sketch-writing, from structure to styles and finding your target in the first place. If you're a beginner, it'll take you through the whole process and if you're already writing sketches, you may find useful technique refreshers, plus tips on how to succeed in a TV writers' room - and answers to the question that everyone asks about: money!

Big Red Button interview - directing as a duo

Big Red Button interview - directing as a duo

Johnny Burns and Pier Van Tijn direct together under the name Big Red Button. Here they talk about what it's like to call the shots as a duo, and how they made their pilot La Princesa de Woking look like it was made in the 1980s.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

This is our system for finding new creative endevours to get involved in. You'll find some stuff elsewhere, but we also include exclusives, collected all together in one place, with the chance for you to post your own and respond to other users' listings too! Plus, it's view to view competition deadlines here... current contests include a stand-up competition, and there's just over a month left to prepare for Sitcom Mission.

How to Home-Stream: Part Two

How to Home-Stream: Part Two Paywall

Creating a good online show can be surprisingly tricky, so we've asked comedy's new home-streaming community for their at-the-coalface advice in this new series. This second article is a music and comedy special with Sooz Kempner and Katie Pritchard.

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

In their latest podcast, the Sitcom Geeks catch up with the latest comedy news: the future for Channel 4; why writing a new sitcom is like coming out of lockdown; and how we need to approach writing race in comedy.
BCG Pro Gag-a-week competition

BCG Pro Gag-a-Week competition Paywall

Think up a gag on the topic of vegetables to be in with a chance of winning our weekly cash prize, plus have your gag shared on British Comedy Guide's main social and newsletter platforms, with attribution.

My Comedy Career: Joz Norris

My Comedy Career: Joz Norris Paywall

Joz Norris has been writing and performing comedy on the stage, online, on screens and on the wireless for years. In this in-depth interview he gives some insight into how he works.


Online comedy courses

If you've got time on your hands, why not further your skills by getting involved in one of our online comedy courses? There are various dates and skills to pick from - have a look at our website for all the details.

How to Home-Stream: Part Three

How to Home-Stream: Part Three Paywall

In our third article offering tips on how to stream from home, we get advice from Chris Purchase and Yuriko Kotani.

Comedian's Comedian

Comedian's Comedian Podcast

Archie Maddocks and Nigel Ng are the latest comedians to be interviewed by Stuart Goldsmith about what they do, and how they do it.

Funny Women Stage Award 2020 finalists

Funny Women Stage Award 2020 finalists

The finalists have been revealed for the Funny Women Stage Award 2020. If your name is on this list, huge congratulations to you!

Here is the news: you CAN make a living writing comedy

Here is the news: you CAN make a living writing comedy

Dave Cohen talks about making a living from comedy writing, and the benefits of learning how to pen topical gags.

Become an expert podcast producer: top advice from Richard Cray

A practical example of an audio sketch being edited Paywall

We featured our interview with podcast producer Richard Cray in our last newsletter. Tied to that, he created this special audio file for us which demonstrates - across 11 iterations - how small tweaks enhance a sketch recorded by John Dredge (pictured).

Live Comedy Association

Abuse, misconduct, and harassment

Here's the Live Comedy Association's update on what they're planning to do to help stamp out abuse, misconduct, and harassment in the live comedy industry.

In My Skin

In My Skin scripts

The scripts for In My Skin, the BBC comedy drama written by Kayleigh Llewellyn, are now available to look at via the BBC Writersroom website. Studying existing scripts is a good way to learn formatting and technique of course.


This section of our newsletter is where we showcase BCG Pro subscribers. Want to appear here? Just email us back.

Drinks on the Terrace

Comedy writer Joanna Tilley has joined by BCG Pro to further her comedy writing ambitions. Check out this sketch she's written, set around four characters drinking together.

Comedy Casebook

Comedy Casebook: Alan Machnik

Comedy writer Alan Machnik - who was voted into The Poke's Top 100 Funniest People on Twitter - has taken on our Comedy Casebook interview questions (if you're a Pro member, you'll find these under the Profile edit option - get involved!). Do click through to find out more about him and his comedy favourites.

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