British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library - Writing gags

Jokes should be at the heart of most comedy projects. Don't forget to gag!

  1. BCG Pro Sessions video: Christine Rose

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    What's it like in a TV panel show writers' room? That question, and many more, are answered in this 70 minute video recording of our BCG Pro Sessions interview with top gag writer Christine Rose.

  2. BCG Pro Sessions video: Martin Trenaman

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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.

  3. Julia McKenzie.

    BCG Pro Sessions video: Julia McKenzie

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    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.

  4. Stand-up and HIGNFY writer Kevin Day, on turning comedy into your day job

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    Kevin Day on HIGNFY's gag rate, the modern ways to make an impact, and how just talking the talk can make a big difference.

  5. Paul Powell.

    My Comedy Career: Paul Powell

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    We were thrilled Paul Powell agreed to take on our My Comedy Career questions. As an experienced panel show and sitcom writer and producer, he has lots of great insight and advice to share.

  6. Joel Morris and Neil Webster on comedy writing

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    An hour-long video featuring insight and advice from top comedy writers Joel Morris and Neil Webster. They discuss everything from starting out, to working with producers and taking notes.

  7. Here is the news: you CAN make a living writing comedy

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    Dave Cohen writes about making a living from comedy writing, and the benefits of learning how to pen topical gags.

  8. My Comedy Career: Christine Rose

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    Over the last decade and a half you're likely to have seen the name 'Christine Rose' appearing in the end credits of many TV comedy shows. Here we chat to the prolific gag writer to find out how she got started, and what it is like to be a joke writer in the world of TV entertainment.

  9. Writing topical comedy in an ever-changing news landscape

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    It's pretty hard to keep up with the pace of the news at the moment, but here's some tips for how to write good topical comedy in an ever-changing news landscape.

  10. Writing for Newsjack: Tips from two script editors

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    Newsjack script editors Ed Amsden and Tom Coles give some tips for 'how to get your stuff on the show, whilst bearing no responsibility if you don't get your stuff on the show'.