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  1. Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2021 competition open

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 14th January 2021

    The Cavendish's Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize is now open for 2021 entries.

  2. Deciphering Commissioner-Speak

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 12th January 2021

    Industry gatekeepers often speak in code. We take a look at what a commissioner really means when they ask 'why now?' and 'why you?'.

  3. BCG Pro 2021.

    BCG Pro is expanding in 2021

    • Article
    • 8th January 2021

    BCG Pro is expanding in 2021. Find out about our planned new functionality, extra content, Pitch Centre, and more.

  4. My Comedy Career: Andy Goddard

    • Article
    • Production
    • 8th January 2021

    Producer and sound editor Andy Goddard has shared some really brilliant thoughts and advice within his answers to our My Comedy Career questions.

  5. Joel Morris and Neil Webster on comedy writing

    • Video
    • Writing
    • 8th January 2021

    An hour-long video featuring insight and advice from top comedy writers Joel Morris and Neil Webster. They discuss everything from starting out, to working with producers and taking notes.

  6. The Secret Reviewer.

    The Secret Reviewer #22: The Freaky Future

    • Article
    • 1st January 2021

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: How are pundits supposed to predict anything this year?

  7. The 10 rules of sitcom writing

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 18th December 2020

    Freelance comedy producer and executive Alison Vernon-Smith talks us through the ten rules of sitcom.

  8. Tiger Aspect appoints David Simpson Head of Comedy

    • News
    • Production
    • 17th December 2020

    Tiger Aspect has appointed a new full-time head of comedy, David Simpson.

  9. BBC Studios hires Pete Strauss to audio comedy team

    • News
    • Production
    • 17th December 2020

    BBC Studios has hired Pete Strauss from Spirit Media to join its audio comedy team.

  10. BBC Comedy Association.

    BBC Comedy Association opportunities

    • Article
    • 14th December 2020

    A summary of the opportunities available via the newly formed BBC Comedy Association.

Library

Our archive of insight: interviews, advice and materials from those at the top. View all

Saddled.
  • Article
  • Writing

Comedy writers Steven Dick and Chris Grady, the creators of radio sitcom Saddled, offer up some great tips on creating characters.

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Iain Coyle.
  • Article
  • Production

From starting out as Jonathan Ross's tea boy to writing for Shooting Stars to becoming Head of Comedy Entertainment at UKTV, Iain Coyle details the unconventional and serendipitous road he took and how you can successfully pitch your comedy projects.

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Image shows from L to R: Chris Blaine, Ben Blaine.
  • Article
  • Production

Directors Ben and Chris Blaine discuss making Sara Pascoe's sitcom Out Of Her Mind. There's some great insight and advice in this interview.

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Jon Holmes.
  • Article
  • Writing

Jon Holmes's extraordinary Radio 4 show The Skewer is back - and, as he explains in this interview, he's always on the lookout for new ideas and new writers. This feature included details on what they're looking for, and how to submit.

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Interesting articles from other websites

Reinventing the sitcom

It's tempting to try and reinvent the sitcom. You are welcome to try. Far be it from me to stop you.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 14th January 2021

Interview with Big Talk CEO Kenton Allen

Big Talk Productions CEO Kenton Allen is typically straight when reflecting on 2020. "A disaster," he says, surveying the economic wreckage of Covid-19 over a Zoom call from his home in London last month. Like countless others, the pandemic has blown a huge hole in Big Talk's earnings and created unthinkable headaches for the company, which should have been celebrating a very healthy 12 months.

Jake Kanter, Deadline, 13th January 2021

What even is a sitcom these days?

If you're trying to write a sitcom, or get into sitcom writing, it's worth taking a step back to ask what you're getting into. What even is a sitcom?

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 12th January 2021

If you wanna make it - make it

Last week we looked at topical comedy as one of the quickest ways to become a professional paid comedy writer. Unfortunately writing topical comedy is also one of the most exclusive comedy jobs.

Dave Cohen, Dave Cohen's Blog, 11th January 2021

Richard Bacon devises comedy quiz

Richard Bacon has created a comedy quiz show, I Literally Just Told You, being piloted in the UK and the US.

Chortle, 10th January 2021

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