BCG Pro Newsletter

Friday 11th September 2020

We've got a great competition running with a greeting card company at the moment - but be quick, as it closes on Sunday!

BCG Pro teams up with card company thortful for new challenge

Greeting card caption competition

We've teamed up with card company thortful to launch a competition in which BCG Pro members can win cash prizes for thinking up new birthday card captions. On top of that, winners will see their card put on sale and earn royalties!

Laughter Lounge

Laughter Lounge Festival

We've teamed up with streaming experts NextUp to launch a virtual comedy festival, running from Monday September 28th until Sunday October 4th. There'll be comedy shows at 9pm each night, but as a comedy creator you might be particularly interested in the 7pm Q&A sessions. Podcasting, going viral online, radio comedy and comedy writing are amongst the topics. Guests include Kiri Prichard-McLean, Laura Lexx, Joel Morris, Neil Webster, and more.


Newsjack opens for entries Friday 18th

The BBC's open door topical sketch show Newsjack returns later this month. It'll be open for submissions from Friday 18th - that's next week. If you're a BCG Pro member, you can access more than 80 pages of sketch writing advice (including a section dedicated to Newsjack) in our Skills Academy Tutorials section.

Opportunities Hub

Opportunities Hub Paywall

We're really pleased to see more of you posting opportunities on BCG Pro, networking and finding collaborative creative partners. The list of things you can get involved in gets ever more comprehensive! Check it out: there's a film looking for conversational pieces, a history-focused podcast looking for actors, a web series looking for script readers, and much more.

Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

In their latest podcast, Dave Cohen and James Cary offer up this wise advice in terms of script writing: cancel your hero.

BCG Pro Gag-a-week competition

BCG Pro Gag-a-Week competition Paywall

Our joke competition continues. If you're a BCG Pro member you can enter every week for a chance to win cash and social media glory. This week's topic is fruit.


Online comedy courses

Interested in sharpening your skills? We've various online courses listed on our site. The feedback has been excellent - you're in safe hands.

If you're after more individual one-on-one help, check out our list of services. Spotter - who offer table reading services - are our latest addition.

Lead Pencil

Lead Pencil win BCG Pro Video Contest

Lead Pencil's The Art Team! sketch was picked as the September winner of our Video Contest. They first published the video back in 2016, demonstrating the competition's ability to boost the best of archive creations. There's a new winner every month, so do submit now.

My Comedy Career: Lukie Nixon

My Comedy Career: Lukie Nixon Paywall

Lukie Nixon, co-director of podcast company Snipper Nixon, juggles his time between producing audio shows and performing stand-up comedy. He discusses late night edits, the importance of being nice to production runners, and more.

Joe Barnes wins Short Com script competition

Joe Barnes wins Short Com script competition

Joe Barnes has been named as the winner of the first Short Com Script Competition.

Funny Women Stage Awards 2020 finalists revealed

Funny Women Stage Awards 2020 finalists revealed

Izzy Askwith, Naomi Cooper, Katie Green, Ania Magliano, Mary O'Connell, Fiona Ridgewell, Christina O'Sullivan and Eryn Tett are through to the final of the Funny Women Stage Awards 2020.

Philip L Moore on overcoming adversity to make a pilot

Philip L Moore on overcoming adversity to make a pilot

As he explains in this interview, Philip L Moore has overcome several hurdles to film and release a pilot of his comedy show about a group of bungling but lovable criminals.

Comedian's Comedian

Comedian's Comedian Podcast

Stuart Goldsmith's podcast in which he interviews stand-up comedians about their craft is back after a summer break. Larry Dean is one of the latest guests.

The Secret Reviewer #18: Tickling the Pros

The Secret Reviewer #18: Tickling the Pros Paywall

Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: The best laughs are harder to get.

Nat Saunders

Nat Saunders interview

BCG Pro member Chris Douch has started interviewing comedy writers for his own blog. In his latest post, he talks to prolific writer Nat Saunders.


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

Michael Monkhouse

Michael Monkhouse has uploaded various videos to his profile. See him starring in scripted sketches and performing stand-up.

Comedy Casebook

Comedy Casebook: Adrienne Aiken

As we learn via her Comedy Casebook interview, BCG Pro member Adrienne Aiken spends her spare time writing, re-writing, drinking wine, and making great-tasting food out of leftovers.

Thanks for reading

We've lined-up some great new opportunities for our members, to launch this autumn... more news in our next newsletter!

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