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...
23rd April 2020. 58 minutes.
Pixar are the most successful movie makers of the last 50 years. This week Dave and James examine the first 11 of their 22 rules of storytelling, judging how they...
9th April 2020. 55 minutes.
Dave and James chat with Australian writer
Peter C Hayward, writer of Night Crew, the winner of our first BCG Pro/Sitcom Geeks Sitcom Script Challenge. Featuring giant toasters, Finnemore fandom,... Listen
26th March 2020. 62 minutes.
Dave and James talk to
John O'Farrell and Brenda Gilhooly at the Chortle Book Festival about all things writing, including coming up with the right idea at the right time. Listen
12th March 2020. 47 minutes.
BBC comedy writing window all set to open on 16th March, Dave and James find out from Writersroom Comedy overseers Simon Nelson and Amanda Farley how to dazzle... Listen
27th February 2020. 46 minutes.
James and Dave answer your sitcom script-based questions about turning your idea into a sitcom, making sure your idea hasn't been done (it has), what makes a studio sitcom script,...
13th February 2020. 50 minutes.
Dave and James dig deep into the 15 scripts on the longlist of the BCG Pro Sitcom Geeks Script Challenge and explain what works, and how you can all move...
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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