Big Comedy Conference video: Plotting

Big Comedy Conference 2023. Image shows left to right: Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Adam Kay, Brona C. Titley, Daniel Peak, Lucy Lumsden

Creating characters is all well and good, but you're also going to need challenges for them to face and stories to follow. This video recorded at April's Big Comedy Conference 2023 focuses on the intricacies of plotting and structure, and making sure you've got all the right beats and pacing in your narrative scripts to not leave your audience feeling short-changed.

Speaker biographies

Lucy Lumsden (host)

Lucy is MD of Yellow Door Productions, recent shows include Ruby Speaking with Jayde Adams, The Cockfields written by Joe Wilkinson and David Earl and The Mysterious Case Of Agatha Christie starring Anna Maxwell Martin. Prior to setting up her own company, Lucy was Head of Comedy at Sky for 6 years, commissioning over 60 series. Before Sky she was Controller of Comedy Commissioning for BBC for 4 years.

Adam Kay

Adam is an author, TV writer, comedian and former junior doctor. His first book, This is Going to Hurt, spent over a year at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list, won numerous awards, and sold over three million copies. Adam is also one of the country's best selling children's authors, writing Kay's Anatomy, the fastest selling kids' non fiction book of the decade. Adam's awards for TV writing include the Writers Guild award for Best Drama.

Daniel Lawrence Taylor

Daniel is the creator, writer, and star of Timewasters, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy, and won the 2018 Royal Television Society award for Best Breakthrough. In 2018, he was announced as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. Daniel is currently developing Boarders, an original 6x45 minute comedy drama for BBC Three that shoots later this year, as well as projects for BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Daniel Peak

Daniel has been writing TV comedy for adults and...

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Published: Thursday 16th November 2023

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