28th January 2021. 51 minutes.
In today's episode James explores creating new characters using Jessica the fictional celebrity chef. And Dave launches #TuesdaysAreFunny the weekly 8:30pm Twitter Sitcom Geekery Watchalong.
14th January 2021. 46 minutes.
Welcome to a new year of comedy writing, as Dave talks about writing topical comedy (hence the rejection and waste), James tries to enforce good habits for writers (other jolly...
31st December 2020. 50 minutes.
Dave and James reveal their plans for next year, including the launch of The Situation Room, home for James's brilliant new online sitcom writing masterclass. Meanwhile Dave will be finding...
17th December 2020. 57 minutes.
Dave and James look back on the closed down year - what is comedy drama, scene competitions and a little shard of light and love for our fellow comedy scriptwriters....
3rd December 2020. 56 minutes.
Big changes at BBC Writersroom - they want your comedy drama scripts NOW. Plus part 2 of our fascinating chat with
Victoria Wood biographer Jasper Rees. He reveals all about... Listen
19th November 2020. 45 minutes.
Part one of our revealing interview with
Jasper Rees, author of the brilliant Let's Do It Victoria Wood biography. "Everyone thought they knew her but they were wrong, it was... Listen
22nd October 2020. 32 minutes.
Dave and James discuss Dave's new BCG Pro scene-writing competition and what we might learn from
Blackadder, plus news about news - topical comedy's moment. And bonus sitcom writing advice... Listen
24th September 2020. 59 minutes.
Joanna Penn explains why the future of comedy lies in doing it yourself. Why we must write what we love, embrace AI and produce our own audio. A... Listen
9th September 2020. 45 minutes.
Dave and James with news of an exciting new competition, plus keeping your plots clear and what to do when your main character isn't funny (clue is in the title).
27th August 2020. 59 minutes.
Dave and James talk to the stand-up star and top writer about her brilliant radio monologues
Little Lifetimes, the Edinburgh Festival that wasn't, her fondly-recalled Channel 4 sitcom with Henry... Listen
13th August 2020. 53 minutes.
Part 2 of our fascinating interview with the creator, writer and star of
Channel 4's hit series Home about how the show came about and how they found their star.... Listen
30th July 2020. 30 minutes.
The writer and star of
Channel 4's hit TV series Home talks to James and Dave about the journey, via the distinctly-named Dutch Elm Conservatoire sketch group, a dramatic role... Listen
16th July 2020. 55 minutes.
James and Dave update on sitcom news (including jingle), then a fascinating insight into how
The Office came about from producer Anil Gupta, and more tales of TV mayhem from... Listen
18th June 2020. 58 minutes.
Dave and James catch up with the latest comedy news - is there a future for
Channel 4, why writing a new sitcom is like coming out of lockdown, and... Listen
4th June 2020. 39 minutes.
Dave and James talk to inspirational DIY moviemakers
Danny Stack and Tim Clague about seizing the initiative and producing your own media - plus some delightfully optimistic predictions for how... Listen
21st May 2020. 65 minutes.
Last minute tips for ensuring you send your best work to the BBC Galton & Simpson bursary competition, news of more contests and fabulous prizes (Prizes!), and learn from the...
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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