Richard Curtis: comedy masterclass

Richard Curtis, writer of comedy classics like Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Four Weddings and Notting Hill, shares his thoughts on being productive, staying creative and honing the process of finding the funny.

Whether writing comic history like the perennial Blackadder, classic rom-coms like Four Weddings and Notting Hill, or dramas like The Girl in the Café and his recent film About Time, Richard Curtis has firmly established himself as British comedy royalty.

In this special masterclass recorded at his Notting Hill office, Richard gives us his take on the writing process, working with script editors and maintaining a creative and productive writer-producer relationship.

“The fun and the luxury of being able to have half an idea and then passing it to another person is amazing.”- Richard Curtis

Covering his early work writing for topical shows like Radio 4's Week Ending, to collaborations with Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson, he reveals the advantages of co-writing partnerships and how they have helped him transform the seed of a funny situation or sketch into something more substantial.

He tells us how he went about scripting visual comedy like Mr Bean and how the towering central performances from the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Dawn French in The Vicar of Dibley have informed his work. We also hear his views on the importance of the central message of the sketch or scene and on having the confidence to know where funny starts and ends.