British Comedy Guide

Inside Track

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

  1. Interview with Just The Tonic founder Darrell Martin

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 18th February 2020

    Just The Tonic founder Darrell Martin talks about what it's like to run a comedy club chain. This interview includes some tips for comedians on how to get noticed by club bookers.

  2. Writing for Newsjack: Tips from two script editors

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 17th February 2020

    Newsjack script editors Ed Amsden and Tom Coles give some tips for 'how to get your stuff on the show, whilst bearing no responsibility if you don't get your stuff on the show'.

  3. The Dos and Don'ts of Podcasting from Release The Clowns

    • Article
    • Production
    • 17th February 2020

    Nick Hildred and Alex Marion from Release The Clowns Sketch Comedy Podcast offer some great tips on setting up and maintaining a comedy podcast.

  4. Peter Hayward wins Sitcom Geeks Script Challenge

    • News
    • Writing
    • 15th February 2020

    Night Crew, Peter Hayward's comedy set on a space ship, has won the first BCG Pro Sitcom Geeks Script Challenge.

  5. Saskia Schuster.

    ITV comedy boss Saskia Schuster exits

    • News
    • 12th February 2020

    ITV's comedy boss Saskia Schuster is leaving the broadcaster to work for production company Fulwell 73.

  6. Making movies with friends

    • Article
    • Production
    • 10th February 2020

    Director Jay Stern talks about making low-budget independent feature Say My Name with friends including screenwriter Deborah Frances-White.

  7. LBGTQ+ comedy competition opens for entry

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 7th February 2020

    This opportunity/event has now finished/closed.

    Entries have opened for this year's Comedy Bloomers LGBTQ+ New Comedian of the Year competition.

  8. Is Comedy a Londoner's Game?

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 7th February 2020

    We often hear it said that, to make it as a stand-up comedian, you need to move to London. Is that true? What are the pros and cons of making your base in the capital? Becca Moody investigates...

  9. Nathaniel Tapley. Copyright: Idil Sukan.

    My Comedy Career: Nathaniel Tapley

    • Article
    • 6th February 2020

    Comedian, writer and producer Nathaniel Tapley has some advice on working with as many people as possible, and ensuring you retain ownership of your comedy projects.

  10. Image shows from L to R: Larry Budd, Paul Dunphy.

    New Northern prod co launches

    • Article
    • 3rd February 2020

    A new production company has launched today in Leeds. Northern Imposters create and produce northern comedy.

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Sarah Henley.
  • Article
  • Production

NextUp Comedy's Chief Operating Officer talks to us about the skills you need to succeed in the comedy industry.

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Image shows from L to R: Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris, Ben Caudell.
  • Video
  • Writing

In this 25 minute video interview, Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris and Ben Caudell talk about how they got into writing and what it's like to script Cunk On Britain.

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The Circle.
  • Video

The Circle online interview series sees British Black and Asian talent discussing their creative processes and the future of TV, film and digital.

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Marek Larwood. Copyright: The Writers Guild / Matt Writtle.
  • Article
  • Production

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.

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Interesting articles from other websites

Inside the comedy podcast boom

A look at the podcast's role in the renaissance in creative audio comedy.

David Davies, PSN Europe, 17th February 2020

The comedy room writers

Find out more about the writers who have been part of our most recent Comedy Room development group, beginning in autumn 2019.

BBC, 12th February 2020

Chortle Student Comedy Award prize just got even better

More Australian comedy clubs are backing the Chortle Student Comedy Award to ensure this year's winner gets a trip of a lifetime.

Chortle, 6th February 2020

Inside comedy channel Dave's TikTok strategy

"TikTok is the best place for Hypothetical because the user behaviour fits perfectly with the show premise," said Erina Jones, who is head of social media at UKTV, broadcaster of Dave.

Digiday, 4th February 2020

Sobriety of variety: Why we made the Diversity Quota

We made The Diversity Quota primarily to make a platform for diverse voices in comedy. While there are some exceptional comics that come from a myriad of different backgrounds, they are still within the minority especially at the level of standard clubs and open-mics. I think a lot of this comes down to the fact that we overlook just how inaccessible comedy can be.

Eliott Simpson, Blizzard Comedy, 1st February 2020

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