Comedy Writing

How to Work With a Comedy Writing Mentor

Chris Smith | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Smith

I am pressing on with my lonely foray into character comedy and writing what I hope might some day be the pilot of a sitcom - helped by Micheal Jacob, my writing mentor who has, so far never backed away from me in a social situation (although there's still time).

It's Not the Winning, It's the Taking Apart...

Jen Brister | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Jen Brister

My mum once told me that "life is a journey," which is unfortunate as we're both prone to carsickness, seasickness and airsickness. I'm pretty sure most people don't feel a rising nausea watching someone on a moped.

Newsjack's Back - The Show You Can Write for, and Should

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

Fellow writers, comedy fans and people prone to going "I could do that" - Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack is about to start a new series. As well as being very funny, it has an open door policy. You can write for it. In fact, if you're interested in getting in to writing comedy for radio, I'm going to go as far as saying that you really, really should write for it.

Attention Please!

Jen Brister | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Jen Brister

Hello...? Not sure if there's anyone out there or not. It's hard to know if anyone is going to read my ramblings. I mean why would you? And even if you do, how will I know? This is the thing when you write, there's no immediate response. It's not like standup where you can say something, pause, and BOOM! Laughter.

Female? Funny? Enter The Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2013

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Comedy

The Funny Women Awards 2013 are now open. And as well as looking for the funniest female stand-ups in the UK, the awards are also on the hunt for come...

Mrs Mountable Broadcasts Her Team

Nicky Clark | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Nicky Clark

As I'm sure you'll be delighted to know I have taken to the airwaves in an effort to bring common sense and rationale back to the lefty nonsense that most of our media is saturated with ad nauseum.

Sue Perkins On Writing 'Heading Out'

Radio Times | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Writing is, as I tell my nieces when explaining verbs, “a doing word” – by which I mean, to qualify as a writer, you really need to be engaged i...

How to Write and Direct a Comedy Sketch for Free in 17 Easy Steps

Keith Ryan | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Keith Ryan

After you do something like writing and directing a sketch, you feel compelled to help others who might want to achieve their own dream of writing and directing a sketch. So you do what comes naturally: explain How You Did It, in 17 easy steps.

NHS: The Punchline

Paul Bassett Davies | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK Comedy
Paul Bassett Davies

Please spare a thought for one group of vulnerable people who will be hit especially hard by the effects of the Health and Social Care bill that has just been hustled through parliament. Lonely, confused, and often delusional, these people are comedy writers.

Galton and Simpson on Their 'Lost' Script, Hancock, and Steptoe and Son

Victoria Gooch | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Comedy
Victoria Gooch

This month marks 50 years since the first episode of Steptoe and Son aired - and we may have the star of legendary writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's previous hit to thank for its existence.

10 Comedy Tropes To Be Outlawed in 2012

Dale Shaw | Posted 03.03.2012 | UK Comedy
Dale Shaw

Comedy is all about recognition. Michael McIntyre points out one of life's foibles. You recognise said foible, then chuckle lightly and die a little on the inside. But there is a thin, unfunny line between highlighting some hilarious, unearthed observation and lazily trotting out a creaky comedy cliché that was hackneyed when first used on Round the Horne.

Confessions of a Tweetaholic

Marc Paterson | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

I have a confession to make. I posted recently about my leaving Twitter. Well, it's true I did but the good people at Tweet central give you 30 days in which to chew on the prospect of committing social suicide and it pains me to say I did skulk back like a recently divorced man to his mother.

Sound Advice: Writing for Radio

Marc Paterson | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

If you love writing, especially comedy writing, can I share a little secret with you? Write for radio. Write books, for magazines, greetings cards too, but give radio a go because radio loves writers.

That's (not) Enough Female Comedy Writers. Ed.

Andrea Mann | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

As for Ian Hislop's point about women not putting themselves forward in the way that men do: again, I'd argue that whether it's for cultural, social or biological reasons (most likely all three), he's pretty much correct.

Some Rules for Writing Comedy That are not Really Rules, nor Written by Anyone Terribly Important

Sarah Morgan | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Comedy
Sarah Morgan

If you are an aspiring comedy writer, you may want to absorb or entirely ignore these, not rules, erm...things? Yes. Things. This is the flotsam that is knocking around my head all day, by the way, like scum on the tide.