Sitcom Geeks

Sitcom Geeks

A podcast series for those interested in the mechanics of situation comedy. James Cary and Dave Cohen discuss the art of sitcom writing for TV and Radio.

Episode 113 - Characters In Search Of A Plot

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Published: 16th May 2019.   Length: 49 mins.   Size: 56.7mb

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 drama plot, post Writersroom script advice, and the answer to that question you're always asking - how do I get an agent?

Previous episodes

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Episode 111 - Polishing Your Script

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...


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Episode 109 - Book Writing

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....


Sitcom Geeks. Image shows from L to R: Marie McDonald, Alan Irwin, Marc McElroy, James Cary.

Episode 108 - Soft Border Patrol

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...


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Episode 107 - Sitcom News and Questions

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?...


Tiernan Douieb.

Episode 99 - Tiernan Douieb

13th December 2018.   42 minutes.

Dave talks to stand-up, podcaster, kids' comedy pioneer Tiernan Douieb about juggling stand-up, podcasting and kids' comedy (but not juggling), and the dangers of spreading yourself too thin.


Sitcom Geeks.

Episode 97 - The Complete Comedy Writer

29th November 2018.   43 minutes.

Dave has got a book out! About comedy writing! Who better to interview him about it than James? Plus questions answered about theme tunes, building your world, audience v non...


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James Cary.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

Dave Cohen.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. @cohendave

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