8th March 2018. 33 minutes.
James and Dave talk to
Toby Davies about how one sketch can get you a movie. Seriously. Toby talks us through the multiple drafts needed to get Up All Night... Listen
22nd February 2018. 38 minutes.
Toby Davies, the prolific comedy writer for kids' TV and now with a movie to his name, talks sketch writing, working with the biggest names in comedy and modestly reveals... Listen
8th February 2018. 43 minutes.
James and Dave talk to brilliant
Newsjack host Angela Barnes about how she approaches writing - and what you can do to improve your chances of getting jokes and sketches... Listen
25th January 2018. 37 minutes.
Bonus episode! James and Dave with updated writing tips for 2018, plus answers to your questions about working with a partner and how many episodes is the right number.
4th January 2018. 35 minutes.
The Joy Of Seinfeld. Dave, James and Graham Linehan all love this classic American sitcom, and in this episode they share that love with you. Listen
21st December 2017. 49 minutes.
The king of audience sitcom talks
Ted tunes, radiator tests, the Birth of Bono and plenty more, including EXCLUSIVELY about the new version of The IT Crowd for the US,... Listen
23rd November 2017. 44 minutes.
James and Dave are joined by ace radio writer and performer
Carrie Quinlan to talk about writing for radio, the no-holds barred secrets about what it's like to work with... Listen
9th November 2017. 35 minutes.
'When you build a house you don't start with the roof'. Dave and James talk about how to structure your sitcom, make your characters clearer and - you'll like this...
26th October 2017. 41 minutes.
As the Writers' Guild launch a new award for best online show, James and Dave update their views about breaking in to comedy via the internet. Plus a short tribute...
28th September 2017. 27 minutes.
Dave and James with more notes on notes: If you think getting notes is bad, try giving them. Plus another 10 page challenge. If you enjoy this podcast, why...
7th September 2017. 43 minutes.
Was this the greatest audience sitcom ever? James and Dave are joined by
Ever Decreasing Circles expert Jason Hazeley to discuss the genius of Esmonde & Larbey. They're best known... Listen
12th August 2017. 28 minutes.
James, Dave and special guest
Abigail Burdess discuss the Edinburgh Fringe, how to do it and how to survive it. Warning: this recording also features a Belgian mime artist. Listen
3rd August 2017. 50 minutes.
Dave and James' first foray into Facebook Live answering your sitcom-related questions is now a podcast, plus some thoughts on the recently announced
BBC pilots. To watch it and see... Listen
20th July 2017. 39 minutes.
More tales from the comedy coalface with legend
Barry Cryer including the first gay sitcom that never was, amazing double act Cleese & Dawson, and the first joke Barry sold... Listen
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James Cary is a comedy writer for BBC TV and Radio. His latest series is Bluestone 42 for BBC Three, which he co-created and wrote with Richard Hurst. He met Richard working on Series 1 & 2 of BBC's award-winning sitcom, Miranda. James has also written episodes of My Hero and My Family for BBC One. His radio credits include three series of Hut 33, four series of Think the Unthinkable, and sketch show, Concrete Cow. He has also written four series of Another Case Of Milton Jones with, er, Milton Jones for BBC Radio 4. sitcomgeek.blogspot.co.uk @sitcomgeek Dave Cohen, a Perrier nominee in a previous century, was a founder member of the Comedy Store Players. In recent years he has become more known as a comedy writer, having written for Have I Got News For You and Not Going Out, and as a comic songwriter, co-creating the Radio 4 hit 15 Minute Musical and writing loads of songs for the hit BBC Childrens' Show Horrible Histories and ITV's Newzoids. His book How to be Averagely Successful at Comedy was published in 2013. davecohen.org.uk @cohendave