British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library - Writing sketches

Sketches are one of the fundimental building blocks of scripted comedy.

Note: We also have a full tutorial on how to write great comedy sketches

  1. Introducing SREP: set-up, reveal, escalation, payoff

    • Article
    • Writing

    In this exclusive extract from Chris Head's new book, he introduces SREP: a structure that can be used in writing sketches, sitcom scenes and stand-up.

  2. 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.

  3. Cutting Down Sketches

    • Article
    • Writing

    In this article we focus on one of the biggest mistakes new sketch-writers make: writing sketches that are too long. Here's some handy tips for how to make your sketches leaner on the page.

  4. Writing impressions sketches for Newsjack

    • Article
    • Writing

    One consistent element of Newsjack is the 'impressions sketches'. We take a look at how to hone this type of sketch to specifically tick the boxes that Newsjack producers are looking for.

  5. SOUP RECIPE: A cookbook for topical sketch ideas

    • Article
    • Writing

    Comedy writer Peter Beare shares the mnemonic-based system he has devised for creating unique topical comedy sketches. It works particularly well for planning material for Newsjack.

  6. Bill Dare.

    BCG Pro Sessions video: Bill Dare

    • Video

    Top writer and producer Bill Dare joined us for our first ever BCG Pro Sessions interview. If you missed it, you can catch up via this recording.

  7. Albion Basement.

    What we've learnt so far, as we release 1000 sketches in 1000 days

    • Article

    Comedy group The Albion Basement talk to us about how they're releasing 1000 sketches as podcasts, across 1000 days. They've already learnt some interesting planning and editing lessons, which they share here.

  8. Gemma Arrowsmith: Everything I know about writing, I learned from sketch comedy

    • Article
    • Writing

    With her sketch show special coming soon to Radio 4, we asked Gemma Arrowsmith to explain why every comedy writer should hone their sketch writing skills.

  9. Joel Morris and Neil Webster on comedy writing

    • Video
    • Writing

    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.

  10. Video: Cardinal Burns offer some comedy tips

    • Video
    • Performance

    In this video, double-act Cardinal Burns offer insight and tips on how to create a sketch show.