British Comedy Guide

External Resources

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Writers' Guild of Great Britain.
  • Writing

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is a trade union representing professional writers. If you write, you should join - collectively they work to secure the best pay rates and conditions, whilst individual benefits include support and advice, free and discounted training and contract vetting.

writersguild.org.uk
The UK Comedy Guild.
  • Performance

The UK Comedy Guild - primarily focused around live performers and promoters - aims to raise standards and promote fairness in the UK comedy industry. They have published a code of conduct, which includes clauses for elements such as payment terms.

ukcomedyguild.co.uk
Equity.
  • Performance

Equity is the trade union for performers. If you perform live you should join. Even if you don't use any of their other services, your membership includes automatic Public Liability Insurance up to £10 million - which is worth the membership fee alone.

equity.org.uk
BBC Writersroom.
  • Writing

The BBC Writersroom website is where you can find advice and insight from the BBC. They have published a number of TV and radio scripts for you to analyse.

bbc.co.uk/writersroom
ALCS.
  • Writing

The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit membership organisation started by writers for the benefit of writers. If you have written something that is broadcast on TV, they'll help you get money for repeat fees.

alcs.co.uk
Sitcom Geeks.
  • Writing

A podcast hosted by Dave Cohen and James Cary that discusses comedy writing in depth, including interviews with well-known comedy writers.

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Ask The Industry Podcast. Simon Caine.

Launched in November 2014, the Ask The Industry Podcast sees comedian Simon Caine talking to those who work behind-the-scenes in comedy. For example, he has interviewed various TV commissioners.

simoncaine.co.uk
James Cary.
  • Writing

Via his blog, James Cary talks about comedy writing - offering advice and opinions.

sitcomgeek.blogspot.com
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith.
  • Performance

Stuart Goldsmith has interviewed nearly 300 stand-up comedians about their craft via his Comedians' Comedian Podcast. Listen in for tips on preparing for gigs and how to write material.

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Comedy Crowd TV.
  • Production

A comedy video-on-demand channel. Upload your project and if enough subscribers back it (like a Kickstarter), they'll help fund the production of more episodes.

comedycrowdtv.com
The BBC Academy Podcast.
  • Production

A podcast series from the BBC focusing on the skills around broadcast production, journalism and technology. Some episodes will be relevant to those who film/record comedy.

bbc.co.uk