30th August 2018. 54 minutes.
Dave and James back from the summer with lots to report including the return of
Newsjack, the great audience sitcom revival part 897 and several attempts to answer the impossible... Listen
16th August 2018. 45 minutes.
Dave and James have a strangely therapeutic conversation with
Saskia Schuster, Controller of Comedy at ITV; about how sitcoms get on to ITV and the agony of turning shows down.... Listen
2nd August 2018. 52 minutes.
James talks down the line to top US comedy writer and novelist Jonathan Ames about the hilarious HBO series
Bored To Death, being championed by David Letterman and... Are You... Listen
19th July 2018. 48 minutes.
"My job isn't to tell the writer how to be better, my job is to help them figure out what they want to write." Plenty of excellent advice for ALL...
18th June 2018. 26 minutes.
Dave Cohen flies the flag for studio sitcoms at the Craft of Comedy 2018 in Llandudno. He also invents a new word that might make you feel ill. Introduced by... Listen
14th June 2018. 62 minutes.
A fascinating hour spent in the company of the multi-talented writer-performer-producer and all round good guy who was one of the main creators behind
Mr Don And Mr George, The... Listen
17th May 2018. 29 minutes.
Dave and James talk to
Paul Merton - one of Britain's comedy superstars - about silent movies, class, and his phenomenal 30 years at the top of the profession. Listen
5th April 2018. 42 minutes.
Just over a week to go before the BBC Writersroom Comedy window closes - still time (just) to craft your own comedy gold, with the help of James and Dave's...
29th March 2018. 45 minutes.
Steve Doherty talks to James and Dave about Llandudno Craft Of Comedy Festival in June - an amazing line-up, competitions to win and loads of good reasons why you'd be... Listen
15th March 2018. 58 minutes.
Attention new writers! The BBC Comedy Script Window opens on 19 March 2018. Here's tonnes of useful writing tips from the people who'll be reading your scripts -
Simon Nelson... Listen
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.
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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