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The recording of the BCG Pro Sessions Q&A with actor and writer Martin Trenaman. Amongst other things, he talks about his experiences of appearing in shows such as The Inbetweeners, offers sitcom writing insight, and discusses scripting material for panel shows.
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The problem with a sitcom script is that it looks easy. It's just words on a page. Anyone can type and hit print or send. It's not technically difficult. And a good script by a seasoned pro and a bad script by a rookie look the same. Superficially. The two documents are virtually identical. Except for the words.James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 28th July 2021
I've been making comedy videos for almost 10 years now. A viral comedy video got me an agent. Another one got me a part in a Channel 4 sitcom when one of the writers saw it retweeted on Twitter. But I don't do it for the parts - I do it because I really enjoy taking control of my own content, making people laugh, and improving my skills.Anna Morris, Funny Women, 23rd July 2021
Your sitcom characters can normally be described using adjectives. In general, you need to think of actions they can take so you are showing us, not telling us. But let's stick with the adjectives for now.James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 22nd July 2021
The second series of the Bafta-winning The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan will include production roles that have been created to accelerate the careers of talented individuals within the industry from underrepresented groups.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 22nd July 2021
In the last blog I mentioned that there is almost no writing about rewriting. Which is ridiculous if you think about it.Dave Cohen, Dave Cohen's Blog, 22nd July 2021
Sitcom Geeks: Episode 171 - Writing Is Rewriting Is Rewriting Is Rewriting Is
You can find a million books, blogs and vids about how to make that first draft sparkle - but hardly a word about the next step. This episode James and...
ComComPod: Episode 380 - CK (Caimh) McDonnell
Crime fiction powerhouse and former circuit comedian, CK McDonnell is on the cusp of levelling further up, with a TV adaptation of his half a million selling Dublin Trilogy in...
ComComPod: Episode 379 - Fin Taylor
In an industry awash with 'edgelord' comedians, Fin Taylor is the real deal. Erudite, thunderously funny, and provocative having done the reading first, he manages to annoy absolutely everybody. We...
Sitcom Geeks: Episode 170 - Tell Don't Show
James and Dave explain what's needed in the final steps before you write the first draft of your script. Plus comedy news - the backlash against the government's Channel 4...
ComComPod: Episode 378 - Stevie Martin
Stevie Martin has been generating excellent material for years, and is now starting to break through due to her jaw-droppingly funny online videos, packed with punchlines and with a genuinely...