Writing sketches

Simon Smith and guests offer up some advice for the budding comedy sketch writer.

Joining Simon are a trio of highly experienced TV and radio comedy writers in the form of Gareth Gwynn, Laurence Howarth and John Luke Roberts.

"Not having to get out of bed early was a big plus for me for comedy writing." – Laurence Howarth

Gareth Gwynn is the writer for many shows including Newsjack and The News Quiz and Pantheon of Heroes, a comedic look at Welsh history.

Laurence Howarth has won a British Comedy Award and a Sony Gold Award as one of the head writers of Dead Ringers and has written for Armstrong and Miller and Mitchell and Webb.

John Luke Roberts was a finalist on the BBC New Comedy Awards, has had two series of his own sketch show Spats on BBC Radio 7, and spent a fruitful year as the writer in residence for BBC Radio Comedy.