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The Society of Authors and Writers' Guild of Great Britain are launching an investigation into book publishers that charge authors for publishing their work.
Edward Rowett, the creator of Radio 4's Reluctant Persuaders, explains how he re-wrote Series 4 to work without a studio audience. The techniques are quite different, so there's some very interesting insight in his article.
Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Should we all just move to Scotland?
In this article we focus on one of the biggest mistakes new sketch-writers make: writing sketches that are too long. Here's some handy tips for how to make your sketches leaner on the page.
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Given the events of the last year, you're probably at a point where you feel like you are either living in the middle of a sitcom or more like a nightmare. Nightmare aside, if you've ever thought, as I'm sure we all have at one time or another, 1) this would make a great sitcom or, 2) I'm living in the middle of a sitcom, the BBC has all the answers in the BBC Writersroom. There are those that will argue that the 'Sit', or situation, needs to come first while others will argue that the 'Com', or comedy, is the most important aspect of a successful idea.Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 5th March 2021
I've been writing, YouTubing and Webinaring about sitcom characters a fair amount, and I'd like to move on and talk about plotting. But before we start with the stories, here's a quick round up of some headline thoughts on characters. Use this list to give your main characters a good going over. It'll do them - and you - the power of good.James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 2nd March 2021
The BBC today [2nd March] confirmed the return of BBC Three to TV screens. The move is part of our drive to deliver more value to audiences.BBC, 2nd March 2021
Rebecca and Alex are a Scotland-based comedy partnership currently making a name for themselves with regular credits for various topical comedy shows.The Comedy Loser, 28th February 2021
ComComPod: Episode 364 - Olga Koch
Russian-born and raised in Surrey at an American school, Olga Koch is a fiercely funny act with unique perspectives that aren't simply confined to her unusual backstory. We talk about...
ComComPod: Episode 363 - Bethany Black
Bethany Black makes a powerfully funny connection with her fanbase, and has been wielding it to great effect over the course of her heavily-shielded pandemic experience. We explore the effect...
Sitcom Geeks: Episode 160 - We've Scene The Results
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...
ComComPod: Episode 362 - Russell Kane
Energetic, elastic and totally committed to being "the toughest kid on the estate" when it comes to his ability to get laughs, Russell Kane has firm ideas about his precise...
ComComPod: Episode 361 - Tom Neenan
Head writer for The Mash Report, show-runner for Hello America on Quibi, and profoundly nice man, Tom Neenan has a practised ease with pulling jokes out of thin air. He's...