British Comedy Guide

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  1. Online new act competition launches

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 2nd June 2020

    A new act competition is launching online. Run by Nodding Dog Comedy, the competition will see 60 acts compete for the title of New Online UK Comedian Of The Year and £500 prize money.

  2. Holly Walsh talks about making The Other One

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 1st June 2020

    Holly Walsh talks about co-writing and directing BBC comedy The Other One. She discusses how "character is everything".

  3. The Secret Reviewer #15: The Best-Laid Cunning Plans

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 1st June 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: why it's still worth launching a happening.

  4. Only Fools And Horses. Del (David Jason). Copyright: BBC.

    Classic comedies lead lockdown viewing

    • Article
    • 27th May 2020

    UKTV has published details of its viewing figures under lockdown, with classic comedies the most watched programmes.

  5. Galton & Simpson Bursary: Who, what, how?

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 25th May 2020

    Dave Cohen provides a thorough run-down of the BBC's Galton & Simpson Bursary: its requisites, entry requirements, and more.

  6. Image shows from L to R: Justin Sbresni, Mark Bussell.

    Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni interview

    • Article
    • 23rd May 2020

    Writers, producers and directors Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni make great comedy shows via their company Busby Productions. Here they talk to us about their new online show, how they create characters, and more.

  7. Joe Varley joins Studio71 as director of development

    • News
    • Production
    • 22nd May 2020

    Joe Varley has joined production company Studio71 as their new director of development.

  8. Gemma Arrowsmith.

    My Comedy Career: Gemma Arrowsmith

    • Article
    • 21st May 2020

    Writer and actor Gemma Arrowsmith discusses how being able to handle rejection is imperative if you want to work in comedy.

  9. Rupert Majendie joins Baby Cow as Head of Comedy Development

    • News
    • Production
    • 20th May 2020

    Producer Rupert Majendie is joining Baby Cow Productions as the company's new head of comedy development.

  10. How we created a cool short, then released it in a crisis

    • Article
    • Production
    • 20th May 2020

    Roundheads And Cavaliers creators Kevin Mears and Chloe Thomas talk us through the unique challenges of making a short film, then releasing it during lockdown.

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Christine Rose.
  • Article
  • Writing

Over the last decade and a half you're likely to have seen the name 'Christine Rose' appearing in the end credits of many TV comedy shows. Here we chat to the prolific gag writer to find out how she got started, and what it is like to be a joke writer in the world of TV entertainment.

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Just These Please.
  • Article

Sketch group Just These, Please have clocked up millions of views online for their video sketches. Let's find out more about how they do what they do...

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Harry Venning.
  • Article
  • Writing

Harry Venning explains how he used to rip sitcoms apart in his job as a TV reviewer. However, when he brought Clare In The Community to Radio 4, he then realised what it was like to be on the other side of things.

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Ashley Blaker. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne.
  • Article
  • Performance

Stand-up comedian and TV and radio producer Ashley Blaker talks about the importance of backing yourself in whatever way you can. Plus, the greatest excuse he heard from a TV commissioning editor.

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Interesting articles from other websites

C4 comedy chief outlines diversity challenge

Seeking underrepresented voices with less slots to play with is tricky, according to Fiona McDermott.

Robin Parker, Broadcast, 1st June 2020

Funny Women Best Web Series Award

This year, much more emphasis is being placed on the video awards, with the Comedy Shorts and Best Web Series Awards taking a more prominent spot. In the absence of live events, the Best Show Award is being put on hiatus for 2020 and the Best Web Series Award will be moving up to take its place as the public voted award of the year.

Mariana Feijó, Funny Women, 1st June 2020

Yesterday credits row shows trouble's never far away

Jack Barth's claim he did not receive credit he deserved shines light on movie industry machinations.

Lanre Bakare, The Guardian, 31st May 2020

Barbara Nice offering free comedy course

Stand-up Barbara Nice is offering a free comedy course for carers and the over-50s in Birmingham.

Chortle, 27th May 2020

Britons back offensive jokes

More than two-thirds of people think that comedians should be free to tell jokes, even if they cause offence. That's the result of a poll conducted for the newly-formed Campaign for Common Sense, set up to combat what it sees as too much political correctness in society.

Chortle, 25th May 2020

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