3rd June 2021. 51 minutes.
Dave talks about his debut novel
("funny and fascinating, a lovely tale" Stand Up, Barry Goldman Jo Brand) out on 8 June, and he and James discuss sitcom story arcs... Listen
20th May 2021. 65 minutes.
Sketches are BACK!
Charlie Dinkin and Ben Sutton talk about comedy quickies and Daddy's Super Yacht TV, a production company focused on making online and TV sketches. They're joined by... Listen
6th May 2021. 50 minutes.
Sitcom Geeks/BCG Pro Script Challenge winner
Peter C Hayward took our advice, went out there and made a pilot of his radio sitcom. Yes, it can be done! He tells... Listen
22nd April 2021. 46 minutes.
As viewing habits change, we have to find new ways to hook our viewers. Dave and James talk about big entrances, life changing starts, tough choices and when you should...
8th April 2021. 42 minutes.
What will the comedy writing landscape look like as we come out of covid? James and Dave are surprisingly upbeat about the future for comedy writing despite the demise of...
24th March 2021. 56 minutes.
Writer, producer and acclaimed comic novelist
Lissa Evans tells us what it was like directing and producing Father Ted - and what makes a funny script. Listen
11th March 2021. 49 minutes.
James and Dave discuss the importance, if you want to get on in comedy, of having A Plan. Plus we announce the winner of Dave's Making A Scene Of It...
25th February 2021. 46 minutes.
Dave announces the shortlist for the
Making A Scene Of It competition, James reports back from his sitcom webinar about character - plus some surprising conclusions are drawn from the... Listen
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).
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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