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  1. The Stand-Up Tune Up No.2 - Matt Green on lockdown material and keeping it unique

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 11th May 2021

    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?

  2. Comedy Blaps. Copyright: Channel 4 Television Corporation.

    Channel 4 looks for new Blaps and Comedy Digital Originals

    • News
    • 10th May 2021

    To coincide with the 10-year anniversary of Blaps, Channel 4 has released new comedy briefs for its digital and short form comedy offerings.

  3. How to go from an episode idea to structuring scenes

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 5th May 2021

    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.

  4. Shane Allen.

    Shane Allen quits BBC to form Boffola Pictures

    • News
    • 5th May 2021

    Shane Allen, the BBC's comedy commissioning boss for the past nine years, is to leave the broadcaster and establish a new production company, Boffola Pictures, with Kate Daughton.

  5. The Secret Reviewer #26: We didn't say that

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 1st May 2021

    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.

  6. Introducing SREP: set-up, reveal, escalation, payoff

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 30th April 2021

    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.

  7. Free excerpts from Creating Comedy Narratives For Stage & Screen by Chris Head

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 30th April 2021

    Here - for FREE - are the first 17 pages of Chris Head's new book Creating Comedy Narratives for Stage and Screen.

  8. How to write great characters who work with the plot

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 29th April 2021

    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.

  9. My Comedy Career: Sebastian Thiel

    • Article
    • Production
    • 27th April 2021

    Sebastian Thiel has just finished directing the TV sitcom pilot Dreaming Whilst Black. We caught up with him to find out how he has built up his career. He has some great tips around focusing on yourself.

  10. BCG Pro Sessions video: Robert Popper

    • Video
    • Writing
    • 25th April 2021

    An hour-long video with top comedy writer, script editor, producer and performer Robert Popper. He chats about creating Friday Night Dinner, his writing process, and many other topics.

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Scared Models. Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay.
  • Article
  • Writing

In this article we discuss ten ways that comedy writers can deal with writer's block. From questioning your characters to the 45 minute rule, this advice should help you fill that script page.

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Premium Content Giving and receiving notes
Heart in hands image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay.
  • Article

Feedback and suggestions appear at every step of the writing, producing or pitching processes. In this article we talk about the best ways to both give and receive notes.

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Image shows from L to R: Laura Lexx, Bilal Zafar.
  • Video
  • Performance

A 55 minute video in which Laura Lexx and Bilal Zafar discuss online comedy, and going viral. They talk about creating content, building fanbases, how to capitalise on successes, and much more.

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Steven Moffat. Copyright: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0.
  • Article
  • Writing

Top writer Steven Moffat discusses creating characters, plotting, working with directors, dealing with failure, and why writing comedy is harder than drama.

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Interesting articles from other websites

Is there comedy in trauma?

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

Screenshot winner named

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

Bloods: Mining a fresh vein of comedy

Samson Kayo, Nathan Bryon and Ash Atalla explain how a sliding-doors moment led to the two young talents being entrusted with a major sitcom.

Broadcast, 5th May 2021

Tommy Tiernan company saw record profits before Covid

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

The other key to sitcom success

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

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