British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library

Here is the Inside Track library of timeless insight and advice.


  1. Pippa Evans.

    Pippa Evans on the benefits of improv

    • Article

    We talk to Pippa Evans about why everyone working in comedy should be using improv to enhance what they do. You don't need to be a performer, improv techniques can benefit everyone.

  2. How we made I'm Not In Love

    • Article
    • Production

    Col Spector, the director and co-writer of the film I'm Not In Love, talks us through how they brought the project to life.

  3. Mic Drop.

    Want to avoid stand-up? Other ways to be a comedian

    • Article

    There are many ways to be funny and there are multiple ways of forging a comedy career. You don't have to get on stage and perform stand-up to be a comedian...

  4. My Comedy Career: Moray Hunter

    • Article
    • Writing

    With the third series of Alone, the gag packed sitcom he writes for Radio 4, returning to the airwaves this week, we talk to comedy writer, performer and Absolutely star Moray Hunter to find out more about his comedy life.

  5. Julia McKenzie.

    BCG Pro Sessions video: Julia McKenzie

    • Video

    A video recording of our BCG Pro Sessions Q&A with Julia McKenzie, the Creative Director for BBC Studios Audio. She explains the commissioning process for new ideas, ways writers can develop, and more.

  6. In Defence Of The First-Draft Freewrite

    • Article
    • Writing

    "Write first, apologise later"... comedy writers Ed Amsden and Tom Coles deliver an impassioned plea in defence of a first-draft freewrite.

  7. The Stand-Up Tune-Up - No.1: Juliet Meyers on the Rules of Refreshing Your Set

    • Article
    • Performance

    With live stand-up set to return, we're getting trade secrets from the experts. First up, Juliet Meyers on whether good material has a tell-by date.

  8. Dos and Don'ts for Sitcom Writers

    • Article
    • Writing

    Top producer and comedy exec Simon Nicholls offers up some suggested Dos and Don'ts for those writing sitcoms.

  9. Creating your own improvised podcast

    • Article
    • Production

    If you're a funny and creative person, the process of recording an improvised comedy podcast on a regular basis is relatively straightforward. This guide explains the basics of this type of podcasting and offers some tips on how to make it work.

  10. My Comedy Career: Leah Henry

    • Article
    • Production

    TV producer Leah Henry talks about creating BBC Three comedy PRU and working for the forward-thinking Fully Focused Productions. She has some really interesting advice to share about how to start working in TV, and opinions on what the industry needs to do to be better.