British Comedy Guide

My Comedy Career

An interview column, in which UK comedy professionals share insights and tips with BCG Pro readers.

  1. Vikki Stone.

    Vikki Stone

    • 14th October 2020

    Here's a really great interview in which Vikki Stone explains and demonstrates why it's good to have a diverse range of skills and projects, rather than trying to put all your eggs in one basket.

  2. Katie Pritchard.

    Katie Pritchard

    • 3rd October 2020

    Katie Pritchard does - deep breath - musical comedy, acting, music, singing, writing, improv, art, design, and more. She has some great thoughts on how collaboration helps make projects great.

  3. Joel Stern.

    Joel Stern

    • 15th September 2020

    Actor and writer Joel Stern established himself in the comedy industry via a series of hit viral online comedy sketches. Here he talks about the ups and downs of financing web series, and keeping activities aligned and focused.

  4. Luke Nixon.

    Lukie Nixon

    • 10th September 2020

    Lukie Nixon, co-director of podcast company Snipper Nixon, juggles his time between producing audio shows and performing stand-up comedy. He discusses late night edits, the importance of being nice to production runners, and more.

  5. Steve Doherty.

    Steve Doherty

    • 25th August 2020

    Steve Doherty is one of the most experienced comedy producers working in radio. In this interview we hear about his career highlights and lowlights, getting some great tips and insight along the way.

  6. Sam Underwood.

    Sam Underwood

    • 24th July 2020

    As he explains, Sam Underwood does all kinds of things within the world of TV comedy, and thus doesn't have a set job title. His multi-role approach has meant he's picked up lots of tips for creating comedy - which he shares here.

  7. Verona Rose.

    Verona Rose

    • 17th July 2020

    Actor and writer Verona Rose talks to us about the importance of being in the right head-space for an audition, how creativity can strike at 4am, and why you need a thick skin to work in comedy.

  8. Anna Morris.

    Anna Morris

    • 30th June 2020

    Anna Morris is a comedian, writer and actor. You may have seen her sell-out one-woman character comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe; on Channel 4 in Lee And Dean; or in a multitude of hit online sketches. Here, she talks openly about her craft and career to date.

  9. Joz Norris. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne.

    Joz Norris

    • 21st June 2020

    Joz Norris has been writing and performing comedy on the stage, online, on screens and on the wireless. In this in-depth interview he gives some insight into how he works.

  10. Gemma Arrowsmith.

    Gemma Arrowsmith

    • 21st May 2020

    Writer and actor Gemma Arrowsmith discusses how being able to handle rejection is imperative if you want to work in comedy.

  11. Daniel Berg.

    Daniel Berg

    • 14th May 2020

    Daniel Berg, CEO of comedy streaming company NextUp, talks about his job. Along the way, he gives tips on project management tools, how to maintain a work-life balance, and how to start out in the comedy industry.

  12. Julian Hall.

    Julian Hall

    • 7th May 2020

    Writer and publicist Julian Hall gives us some insight into what his job is like.

  13. Christine Rose.

    Christine Rose

    • 1st May 2020

    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.

  14. Bilal Zafar.

    Bilal Zafar

    • 16th April 2020

    Bilal Zafar talks about the importance of sticking at something, how late payments for gigs are a problem, and how's been proactive in creating a new web series.

  15. Richard David-Caine.

    Richard David-Caine

    • 10th April 2020

    Writer and performer Richard David-Caine talks about his career, and discusses how anxiety can impact on performers' confidence.

  16. Ashley Blaker. Copyright: Steve Ullathorne.

    Ashley Blaker

    • 3rd April 2020

    Stand-up comedian and TV and radio producer Ashley Blaker talks about the importance of backing yourself in whatever way you can. Plus, the greatest excuse he heard from a TV commissioning editor.

  17. Nathaniel Tapley. Copyright: Idil Sukan.

    Nathaniel Tapley

    • 6th February 2020

    Comedian, writer and producer Nathaniel Tapley has some advice on working with as many people as possible, and ensuring you retain ownership of your comedy projects.

  18. Sarah Henley.

    Sarah Henley

    • 17th January 2020

    NextUp Comedy's Chief Operating Officer talks to us about the skills you need to succeed in the comedy industry.

  19. Stuart Laws.

    Stuart Laws

    • 15th December 2019

    Writer, producer, director and performer Stuart Laws talks about his comedy career. "Remember that everything brilliant is made by a team not an individual."