British Comedy Guide

Big Comedy Conference

Big Comedy Conference

Central London

The third Big Comedy Conference, organised by British Comedy Guide, will take place in Holborn, central London, 9:30am - 6pm (followed by drinks).

Writing your own sitcom? Then you can't miss this. The conference will focus on writing for broadcast, offering practical, useful insight and advice to sketch and sitcom writers of all levels of experience to further their knowledge and career.

Sandi Toksvig.

Keynote: Sandi Toksvig OBE

Lee Mack. Copyright: Avalon Television.

Headline Speaker: Lee Mack

Lee Mack will join us as one of 2020's headline speakers, whilst Sandi Toksvig, comedian and president of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, will deliver a keynote speech.

James Cary.

James Cary

Dave Cohen. Copyright: Aaron Brown.

Dave Cohen

Daniel Lawrence Taylor.

Daniel Taylor

We will also be joined by actor and writer of ITV2 sitcom hit Timewasters, Daniel Lawrence Taylor; plus writers and Sitcom Geeks podcast hosts, James Cary and Dave Cohen.

Red Dwarf. Doug Naylor. Copyright: Joe Pepler / PinPep.

Doug Naylor

Doug Naylor, who's kept audiences laughing for more than 30 years with Red Dwarf, and has other credits including Carrott's Lib and the original Spitting Image, will be discussing sitcoms.

Jo Bunting. Copyright: BBC.

Jo Bunting

Host of Where's The F In News? and producer of almost 20 series of Have I Got News For You, Jo Bunting will join a panel discussing the writing of satire and topical jokes.


Sessions will look at sitcom plotting and character, sketches & jokes, topical comedy, and how to actually get your work commissioned.

More writers, executives and producers will be amongst those taking part in our panel sessions, sharing valuable insight into what really goes on in the writing and commissioning process.

Early Bird
  • Access to all sessions
  • Lunch and refreshments included
  • Network and socialise with your peers


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Here is a video featuring some of the highlights from the 2013 conference to give you an idea of what to expect.


Here are some quotes taken from independent blogs who have written about the previous conferences...

"'Blew my mind! Absolutely revelationary!" Mike Yeoman

"Hearing real life examples from experienced practitioners is incredibly useful." David Salisbury

"This is a conference you do not want to miss if it returns next year." Funny Women

"A frankly amazing conference. I mean, seriously." Such Small Portions

"Knowing that British Comedy Guide were organising this one gave me the confidence to know that this event was going to be worth it." Craig Beadle, Five Ways the Big Comedy Conference Changed my Life

Plus, here's some more (genuine, honest!) feedback we received from participants by email: "I thought the day was really excellent"; "It was a fantastic event absolutely packed with great advice from people who really know what they're talking about."; "The content was fantastic, the atmosphere perfect and the organisation smooth and cheery."; "It was well organised with interesting speakers, good comedians and lovely food."; "I knew it would be great but it far exceeded even my wildest expectations!"; "Met some lovely people and learnt plenty to give me food for thought."


2013 line-up

2014 line-up