Friday 15th November 2019
Some advice for how to make sure the first ten pages of your sitcom script are as impressive as possible.
Thursday 14th November 2019
"I have a script which I don't think I can make good enough in time for a competition deadline, should I send it off anyway? Or keep working on it?"
Thursday 24th October 2019
Dave Cohen shares advice on the nine Ps of plotting sitcom episodes: plan, personal, proactive, point of no return, pendulum, peril, pathos, punchline and persist. Read
Friday 18th October 2019
Dave Cohen explains how a sitcom set can be a character in its own right. Read
Thursday 17th October 2019
Through the works of
JK Rowling, Dave Cohen explores the roles and importance of secondary characters. Read
Wednesday 16th October 2019
Are comedy writers putting in enough work when creating new characters?
Dave Cohen looks at the art of character creation. Read
Tuesday 15th October 2019
Dave Cohen explains how coming up with key words to describe your characters can be very helpful. Read
Monday 14th October 2019
Dave Cohen takes a look at two comedy character types: The Monster and The Odd Couple. Read
Thursday 12th September 2019
Dave Cohen talks about why finding your comedy voice is important, but also how it is a hard thing to achieve. Read
Wednesday 11th September 2019
Dave Cohen discusses how, when creating a sitcom, you need to decide what your show is about, and what it is really about. Also, you need to ask yourself why you're writing it, and why now. Read
Monday 9th September 2019
A look at five unnecessary mistakes that comedy writers at every level in the profession make, all the time.
Tuesday 9th April 2019
An hour-long podcast discussion based around the topics of juggling jobs, and earning enough money from comedy to allow you to give up your day job.
Tuesday 12th February 2019
This feature refers to an event that has now finished.
Why are there so few working class comedy writers and performers? A Writers' Guild of Great Britain event at the Leicester Comedy Festival on Saturday aims to look into the topic.
Saturday 15th November 2014
An article in which
Dave Cohen looks at the structure of a joke, and explains how it fits into the classic three act story structure first defined by Aristotle. Read
Monday 14th October 2013
If you're hoping for a career in comedy, deciding if and when to give up the day job and commit to comedy is one of the most difficult decisions you'll ever make. Here's advice from
Dave Cohen. Read
Monday 30th July 2012
Dave Cohen chats about bringing Songs In A Flat to the Edinburgh Fringe, and his plans for the show post-festival. Read
Thursday 1st March 2012
Dave Cohen is performing his first new stand-up show in 20 years. In this quirky and honest feature, he gives an exclusive interview to the doubting voices in his own head.
Friday 11th March 2011
An article about comedy writing. All clichés are bad. Fact. Or is it?
Saturday 13th February 2010
Just starting out in comedy? Writer and performer
Dave Cohen reckons the rise of the audience sitcom showcase is good news for you. Read Press Clippings
Dave Cohen tries to answer a simple question. Chortle, 31st October 2019
What clues do the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2019 awards offer to new writers hoping to make 2019 the year of writing comedy? Let's see...
Dave Cohen, Bang2Write, 18th January 2019
I think the main mistake made by writers at every level is to not work hard enough at giving each character a distinctive voice.
Why Did The Chicken?, 3rd January 2019
Dave Cohen's book about comedy writing doesn't have any of the answers. But it does have a lot of questions - and that is probably more useful to an aspiring scribe trying to figure out what's wrong with their script or in need of a bit of inspiration. Steve Bennett, Chortle, 28th December 2018
Writing is re-writing, according to Ernest Hemingway, or Dorothy Parker, depending on which internet search engine you're looking at.
Dave Cohen, Dave Cohen, 5th April 2018
What is a joke? A joke is a three-act story - even if your joke has only four words, as
Tim Vine manages with his magnificent: 'Velcro? What a rip-off!' Dave Cohen, Chortle, 17th October 2017