British Comedy Guide

Big Comedy Conference

Big Comedy Conference

The third Big Comedy Conference, organised by British Comedy Guide, will take place in central London on 25th April 2020.

The Big Comedy Conference 2020 will focus on writing for broadcast, intending to help sketch and sitcom writers of all levels of experience further their writing knowledge and career.

The 2020 conference follows on from our widely acclaimed 2013 and 2014 events, which featured the likes of Jo Brand, Al Murray, David Nobbs, Hamilton & Jenkin and Simon Nye, to name a few.

We'll reveal many more details about our plans for the conference and the line-up of guest speakers early in 2020, but you can book now at the following super early bird rates:

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


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The Big Comedy Conference DVD

Big Comedy Conference 2013 DVD.

This must-own 2-disc DVD set packs in seven hours of lectures from some of the best names in the business, as seen at our hit 2013 Big Comedy Conference.

Alongside widely-praised keynote interviews with Al Murray and Jo Brand, you'll receive invaluable, inspiring information about writing for children; working for radio; the Holy Grail of sitcom; and panel shows. There's also a highly informative discussion about how to get an agent, one of the biggest questions faced by new comedy writers and performers.

As well as writer-performers Brand and Murray, you'll find contributions from John Finnemore (Cabin Pressure), ITV commissioner Claire Zolkwer, prolific writer-producer Bill Dare, Head of BBC Radio Comedy Jane Berthoud, writer Ivor Baddiel, top agent Vivienne Clore, performer Howard Read, former BBC executive Micheal Jacob, Horrible Histories producer Caroline Norris, writer-performer Alex Lowe, presenter Mark Dolan, writer Mellie Buse, The Sitcom Mission's Declan Hill, producer Paul McKenzie and Pozzitive's David Tyler.

The full contents is:


- Jo Brand (in conversation with Stephen Follows)

- How Do I Get A Producer / Agent? (with Caroline Norris, Bill Dare, Vivienne Clore)

- Audience Sitcom (with Andrew Ellard, John Finnemore, Micheal Jacob, Declan Hill)

- The Panel Panel (with Claire Zolkwer, Ivor Baddiel and Mark Dolan)


- Al Murray (in conversation with Andrew Ellard)

- Who Needs Pictures?, the radio talk (with Paul Bassett Davies, Jane Berthoud, David Tyler and Alex Lowe)

- Writing For Kids (with Howard Read, Mellie Buse and Paul McKenzie)

Purchase the DVD

The DVD costs £20 (including P&P). You can buy the DVD direct from BCG:


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