British Comedy Guide

Inside Track Library - Stand-up

Most live comedy is stand-up comedy. The biggest stars make millions. You'll need to start on the circuit though.

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

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

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    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.

  3. Bec Hill and Micky Overman on life as a stand-up

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    A 50 minute video in which stand-up comedians Bec Hill and Micky Overman discuss the highs and lows of working on the UK stand-up circuit, including what life is like travelling between gigs.

  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. What makes a good live show a great one?

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    We take a look at some of the devices that comedians use to elevate their stand-up shows. From including technology, to involving a human interest story, there's various things acts do to get audiences and awards judges interested.

  6. Angela Barnes and Tom Deacon on working on the radio

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    In this 50 minute video, stand-up comedians and presenters Angela Barnes and Tom Deacon discuss writing for radio, and presenting via the medium. They have loads of great insight and tips.

  7. Lou Sanders on forging a career in comedy

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    Lou Sanders - who is currently co-hosting Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable - offers advice for anyone thinking of taking a leap into comedy, and shares her philosophy for life and the creative process.

  8. Stage Door.

    How to direct a stand-up comedy show

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    Ever thought of directing a stand-up comedian's show, or - if you're a comedian - bringing on board a director to help you hone your performance? We run through what is involved, from the perspective of the person who would be directing.

  9. Is Comedy a Londoner's Game?

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    We often hear it said that, to make it as a stand-up comedian, you need to move to London. Is that true? What are the pros and cons of making your base in the capital? Becca Moody investigates...

  10. Sean Morley on research and development

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    Sean Morley argues that comedy needs a better relationship with artistic research and development.