British Comedy Guide

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The latest news and insight from the British comedy industry, with many exclusive features for BCG Pro members.

  1. Image shows from L to R: James Harkin, Anna Ptaszynski.

    No Such Thing As A Fish: Why a good fact is like a good joke

    • Article
    • 6th December 2019

    Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin talk about turning facts into jokes via their podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. Find out why some sources work better than others.

  2. Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith sign BBC Studios deal

    • News
    • Production
    • 5th December 2019

    Inside No. 9 creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have signed a two year first-look deal with BBC Studios.

  3. Amused Moose New Comic Award 2020 open for entries

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 3rd December 2019

    Amused Moose Comedy's National New Comic Award is now open for entries, for its 2020 heats.

  4. The Secret Reviewer.

    The Secret Reviewer #9: Book Smarts

    • Article
    • 1st December 2019

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Do you have the write stuff?

  5. £100,000 prize available for climate change comedy idea

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 26th November 2019

    Flickers Of The Future, a charity-sponsored opportunity for creators aged 18-29, has a £100,000 production funding prize. Judges include Richard Curtis.

  6. Female Pilot Club interview

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 23rd November 2019

    Female Pilot Club founders Abigail Burdess and Kay Stonham talk to us about why they set up the script reading initiative, and we get some writing tips from Veep's Georgia Pritchett, whose new script will be showcased at the next event.

  7. Comedy Central pauses commissioning

    • Article
    • Production
    • 22nd November 2019

    Comedy Central has put all commissioning on hold, as it restructures its team. Manager Louise Holmes has also exited, to move to Facebook.

  8. Marek Larwood: The Story of an Average YouTuber

    • Article
    • Production
    • 20th November 2019

    Marek Larwood talks about how he ended up making comedy for YouTube, and gives some great insight and tips for those looking to establish a channel on the video platform.

  9. Laughing Around production company launched

    • Article
    • Production
    • 19th November 2019

    The organisation behind London's 2Northdown venue and the TicketText website have announced new live comedy production company Laughing Around.

  10. The Felix Dexter Bursary 2019

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 15th November 2019

    This opportunity/event has now finished/closed.

    BBC Comedy's Felix Dexter Bursary scheme is open to BAME applicants until Friday 29 November.

Library

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

Andrew Osayemi.
  • Article
  • Production

In this feature, producer Andrew Osayemi explains how his comedy series Meet The Adebanjos started on the web but has now found a home on Netflix.

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Red Pen.
  • Article
  • Writing

Some advice for how to make sure the first ten pages of your sitcom script are as impressive as possible.

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Script Editing.
  • Article
  • Writing

"I have a script which I don't think I can make good enough in time for a competition deadline, should I send it off anyway? Or keep working on it?"

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Tourist Trap. Elaine (Sally Phillips). Copyright: The Comedy Unit.
  • Article
  • Writing

Gareth Gwynn, Sian Harries and Tudur Owen explain how they plan and write Tourist Trap, the semi-improvised sitcom on BBC Wales. They offer up some great insight and tips.

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Interesting articles from other websites

Interview: Gavin & Stacey director Christine Gernon

Ahead of the Christmas Day return of Gavin & Stacey, I spoke with its director Christine Gernon who has directed all of the episodes of the original run and is back for the special. We chatted about the logistics of filming Christmas in the Summer and her time working in America and what it's like working on their TV model. We also spoke about her start in television as a runner and eventual director on the BBC's beloved sitcom One Foot in the Grave.

Luke, The Custard TV, 12th December 2019

Billy Connolly to judge Glasgow funny story competition

Glasgow Libraries have teamed up with the Big Yin's publisher, Two Roads, to celebrate the release of Billy's hilarious new book, Tall Tales and Wee Stories, and are giving fans the chance to win a signed copy of his new release.

Gregor Young, The National, 12th December 2019

The Goes Wrong Show on being male dominated

The actors behind the award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong open up about gender diversity - and why they needed more funny women on-screen.

Flora Carr, Radio Times, 11th December 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge discusses writing process

Writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge has revealed her writing tips and the "joy" of adapting another's work in a rare public appearance on Sunday.

Heloise Wood, The Bookseller, 9th December 2019

Comedy as a workspace

Comedy is work, work that should be respected by audience, bookers and comedians alike. And unless you're in a carb-loaded sketch, no bread needs to be involved.

Kate Stone, Funny Women, 4th December 2019

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