Female Pilot Club launches podcast

Friday 7th January 2022, 6:22pm

Female Pilot Club

Comedy writing organisation The Female Pilot Club have launched a podcast in which they gain insight via interviews and discuss the craft of creating shows.

Hosted by Kay Stonham, with Abigail Burdess and resident actor Emily Chase, the format has just launched on platforms including Spotify and Apple.

The Female Pilot Club was set up as "a response to the stubbornly intractable problem of under-representation of female writers in TV comedy." Since 2019, the club has staged events featuring read-throughs of scripts by female comedy writers.

Talking about their new podcast, the team say: "The club is open! The Female Pilot Club aims to break down barriers for female writers, interviewing comedy's best writing talent in order to inform, inspire, and of course, make you laugh. Stonham and Burdess talk comedy script writing with women writers, from absolute beginners to Emmy award winners. The podcast features clips with top comedy performers from live Female Pilot Club shows too."

The series has launched with an episode featuring Georgia Pritchett. She talks about the club's production of her script Bump, her experiences on Veep and Succession and "why, until recently, four breasts were never allowed in the same TV comedy writers room."

The first series of the podcast will comprise of six episodes, with guests in the coming weeks sets to include The Appeal writer Janice Hallett and So Awkward creator Julie Bower.

Kay Stonham comments: "The Female Pilot Club exists to amplify brilliant female comedy voices and to help great TV pilot scripts take off and fly! And the Female Pilot Club podcast is a chance to grow the club and welcome even more people in - to get a sneaky look behind the scenes of writing TV comedy."

Abigail Burdess adds: "The Club's bigger than us. We wanted to make a meeting place for women creators in comedy. Somewhere women could talk openly about our successes and setbacks and let a little light into the often opaque processes of getting TV made.

"What's the collective noun for a group of women writers? A gaggle of writers? A murder of writers? I know! A bunch of tits! That sounds more like it. It's basically a bunch of tits talking about jokes."

The Female Pilot Club Podcast is available now on platforms including Apple and Spotify

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