3rd October 2019. 37 minutes.
Dave and James look at the recent Emmy successes for British shows
Fleabag and Succession, and talk about what makes a successful career, and why overnight success can be years... Listen
19th September 2019. 45 minutes.
James talks to Cole Moreton, multi-tasking multi-talented writer/author/journalist about books, the Krays, and writing tips from Jeffrey Archer. Dave chimes in helpfully with a list of rock stars called Colin.
5th September 2019. 35 minutes.
Back to school as Dave and James update the complete guide for writing the best sitcom script. Plus news of an exciting new competition for all aspiring sitcom writers.
22nd August 2019. 44 minutes.
James wrote a script, Dave read eight novels thanks to not having WiFi and now they're ready to guide you through the start of a new term and a new...
8th August 2019. 43 minutes.
"The show is the cheap and easy bit, the accommodation is the nightmare" - Dave and James discuss the true cost of Edinburgh; plus selling yourself, revisiting what type of...
25th July 2019. 43 minutes.
With the Edinburgh Fringe about to start, could this be the festival where the rest of you discover
Anna Nicholson, whose Woman Of The Year show won best comedy at... Listen
11th July 2019. 46 minutes.
Whether you have a day, an hour, or five minutes waiting for the bus to spare, Dave and James offer lots of practical advice on how best to use your...
27th June 2019. 43 minutes.
This week James and Dave discuss improvisation, how to make dialogue sound like what real people talk like, like, and women in comedy writing rooms.
13th June 2019. 44 minutes.
Ever thought: "I've had a great idea for a sitcom"? Then wondered what to do next? Dave and James are creating an entire sitcom before your ears - and in...
30th May 2019. 68 minutes.
Live from the Leicester Comedy Festival, Dave and James discuss writing and performing and the trials, tribulations bitching and loneliness of the long distance stand-up with
Dan Evans, Joe Bor,... Listen
16th May 2019. 49 minutes.
Dave and James catch up, slightly breathless, on the feast of narrative comedy from across the entire range of TV channels since March. There's more twists to the ongoing comedy...
11th April 2019. 38 minutes.
Dave and James talk about how you can buff up your script so it's ready to send off to someone important. They also talk a bit about residuals and royalties...
21st March 2019. 40 minutes.
James and Dave talk about what we learn from all the new comedy that's tumbling out of our tellies, the BBC Writersroom window, writing books, self-publishing and London Book Fair....
7th March 2019. 45 minutes.
You may have missed this item in the news, but apparently something called Brexit is about to happen. James is detained entertainingly with the team behind the unlikely Northern Ireland...
21st February 2019. 32 minutes.
Bonus episode, in which Dave and James catch up with the latest comedy news. Will we have to wait for
Coronation Street to finish before ITV commission any more comedy?... Listen
14th February 2019. 56 minutes.
Top British novelist and audience sitcom connoisseur
Jonathan Coe talks to James and Dave at Chortle Book Festival about 1970s sitcom books, Yes Minister, working with Clement & Le Frenais,... Listen
31st January 2019. 52 minutes.
Dave and James talk to writer and producer
Paul Mayhew-Archer, about his massive four-decade career making audience sitcoms: shows he co-wrote that went well, like The Vicar Of Dibley, shows... 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