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. The Secret Reviewer #21: Offensive Tactics

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 1st December 2020

    Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Is upsetting everyone a decent career move?

  2. Steven Dick & Chris Grady on comedy writing

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 30th November 2020

    Comedy writers Steven Dick and Chris Grady, the creators of radio sitcom Saddled, offer up some great tips on creating characters.

  3. Grace Mulvey awarded Galton & Simpson Bursary 2020

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 27th November 2020

    Grace Mulvey has been announced as the 2020 recipient of the Galton & Simpson Bursary for Comedy Writing.

  4. NextUp offers venues free streaming technology

    • Article
    • Production
    • 24th November 2020

    Online comedy platform NextUp is offering to install streaming technology into at least 10 comedy clubs for free.

  5. How to pitch TV comedy: Iain Coyle

    • Article
    • Production
    • 20th November 2020

    From starting out as Jonathan Ross's tea boy to writing for Shooting Stars to becoming Head of Comedy Entertainment at UKTV, Iain Coyle details the unconventional and serendipitous road he took and how you can successfully pitch your comedy projects.

  6. Paul Kerensa.

    My Comedy Career: Paul Kerensa

    • Article
    • 19th November 2020

    To make it full-time in comedy you need to work hard and be adaptable. Stand-up comedian and comedy writer Paul Kerensa's brilliant answers to our My Comedy Career questions really emphasise that point.

  7. How to Home-Stream: Bilal Zafar

    • Article
    • Production
    • 16th November 2020

    It's a special Lockdown 2 edition of our home-streaming guide. Bilal Zafar has really thrived online this year, and talks Twitch tips, promo clips, tech essentials and - most importantly - getting interactive.

  8. Mews Films launches to create UK comedy movies

    • News
    • Production
    • 12th November 2020

    New production company Mews Films has been created to make British comedy movies which focus on underrepresented characters.

  9. My Comedy Career: Steve Hewlett

    • Article
    • Performance
    • 6th November 2020

    Celebrated comic ventriloquist Steve Hewlett stopped by at the start of lockdown 2.0 to give BCG the full run-down of his busy career.

  10. Pozzitive launches radio script contest Funny Dot Comp

    • Article
    • Writing
    • 6th November 2020

    Pozzitive Television is launching contest Funny Dot Comp, to find audio scripts to develop.

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Image shows from L to R: Chris Blaine, Ben Blaine.
  • Article
  • Production

Directors Ben and Chris Blaine discuss making Sara Pascoe's sitcom Out Of Her Mind. There's some great insight and advice in this interview.

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Jon Holmes.
  • Article
  • Writing

Jon Holmes's extraordinary Radio 4 show The Skewer is back - and, as he explains in this interview, he's always on the lookout for new ideas and new writers. This feature included details on what they're looking for, and how to submit.

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Not For Broadcast.
  • Article
  • Production

Comedy writer George Vere discusses scripting and starring in Not For Broadcast: The Telethon - his first venture into writing for a video game.

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Malcolm & The Magpies. Philip L Moore.
  • Article
  • Production

As he explains in this interview, Philip L Moore has overcome several hurdles to film and release a pilot of his comedy show about a group of bungling but lovable criminals.

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Interesting articles from other websites

Audio discussion: Getting into comedy in 2020

Suchandrika Chakrabarti talks about the getting into comedy in 2020 and taking part in the Funny Women Stage Awards 2020. The discussion starts at 47 minutes into the broadcast.

BBC, 15th November 2020

Baby Cow CEO quits to set up new company

Christine Langan, the CEO of Steve Coogan's film and TV production company Baby Cow, has stepped down after four years to launch her own production venture. Deadline can reveal that the former BBC Films chief has set up Bonnie Productions, through which she will continue to develop film and TV projects.

Jake Kanter, Deadline, 6th November 2020

The who, what, where & when of writing comedy

This year we had a great panel of readers for the 2020 Funny Women Comedy Writing Award. Playwright Siân Rowland was one of our readers and has offered up her expertise for aspiring writers, which as we head back into Lockdown, we thought you'd find useful...

Siân Rowland, Funny Women, 3rd November 2020

Taking Ghost Bus Tours mid-pandemic

Our Lithuania-shot horror entertainment series for ITV2 could have been a nightmare but ended up a scarily strong success, says Ben Wilson.

Ben Wilson, Broadcast, 30th October 2020

David Walliams teaches £80 course on BBC e-learning

The £80 courses will feature 20-40 minute lessons and downloadable notes with hints and tips in subjects from book and screen writing to cooking.

The Sun, 30th October 2020

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