Every month our clandestine critic reveals the murky truths behind that infamous trade, and live comedy generally. This month: Critics prefer solo gigging. If they'll let us.
Funny Women and Comedy 50:50 are launching a new industry award to recognise the female writers of unscripted comedy, for example those who supply gags to panel shows.
The finalists have been revealed for the Funny Women Stage Award 2020.
Dave Cohen writes about making a living from comedy writing, and the benefits of learning how to pen topical gags.
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As part of the BBC's Upload Festival this weekend (19th to 21st June), there is opportunities to join free online workshops with expert advice for writers and comedians.