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In recent years stand-up Matt Green has moved into directing shows too, so seems the ideal chap to ask: how do you keep your stuff original, as so many acts return from the same dark place?
We've all been there. You have an idea for a sitcom that you absolutely love... You maybe even have an idea for an episode, but when you sit down to write it, you have no idea how to fit it all together. We discuss how to easily structure an episode.
Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Sometimes anger is aimed at the wrong target.
In this exclusive extract from Chris Head's new book, he introduces SREP: a structure that can be used in writing sketches, sitcom scenes and stand-up.
Jack Bernhardt discusses how to ensure that your plots and characters are working together... so there's never a scenario where you character ends up doing something they absolutely would never do.
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I wrote my show All Aboard! At Termination Station, an autobiographical comedy cabaret about abortion, because duh! What else you gonna write one about, with an industry that has a thirst for trauma stories?Lilly Burton, Funny Women, 7th May 2021
South Of The River Pictures and SISTER have announced the winner of their Screenshot programme, designed to seek out new comedy writer/performers for TV. 31 year-old Bahraini/British performer Jenna Al-Ansari won, with writing duo Dawn Sievewright and Brennan Reece, sisters Madelyn and Rose Smedley, Krishna Istha, Sophie Bentinck and Natasha Brown confirmed as the five runners up.Televisual, 5th May 2021
New accounts for Tiernan's Mabinog Ltd show that it enjoyed a bumper year in 2019 before the pandemic last year decimated the Co Meath's man's stand-up income revenues, which was the mainstay of his business.Gordon Deegan, The Independent (Ireland), 27th April 2021
There will be sitcoms that fail for whatever reason. On the Sitcom Geeks podcast, we enjoy talking about them, partly because failure is funny. But also examining failure is often more informative than the successful show where success seems inevitable. (It wasn't).James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 27th April 2021
ComComPod: Episode 370 - Stuart Laws
Is Stuart Laws an absurdist rambler who froths up a load of increasingly hilarious nonsense whilst honking in a gilet? Or is he an astute and quite private man who...
Sitcom Geeks: Episode 165 - He Did It Himself
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...
Sitcom Geeks: Episode 164 - Where Do You Start?
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...
ComComPod: Episode 369 - Catherine Bohart
Scintillating comic, podcaster, and co-host of Gigless, one of the online success stories of the last year, Catherine Bohart knows herself inside out and has a powerful mental toolkit for...
Sitcom Geeks: Episode 163 - The State of Things
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...