Toolkit - Comedy
Don't talk about it… just write.Tim Prager
Explore blogs, interviews, scripts and other resources from BBC Writersroom about writing Comedy
Features on the BBC Writersroom website
Blogs on Comedy
Eddie Robson on the drafting process for Radio 4 comedy 'Welcome to our Village, Please Invade Carefully' (with all 8 drafts available to download)
The Comedy Freelance Years - by James Bugg
Our Schemes and Opportunities
An update from our Comedy Room - January 2016
Inside the Comedy Room, days 4 & 5 - February 2016
Fast and Funny from BBC Scotland Comedy - March 2016
The Comedy Room, what happened next - December 2016
Inside our second Comedy Room - January 2017
Room to Write - lots of advice on this blog by Keiron Nicholson about the Room to Write scheme from BBC Scotland Comedy
Room to Write - 3 lessons for Comedy writers
Specific shows and writers
People Just Do Nothing - from Youtube to BBC Comedy Feed to full series
Developing 'Boy Meets Girl' by writer Elliott Kerrigan
Comedy Conclusion - our first Comedy Room writers with their thoughts on the scheme
Great advice on Comedy writing from Script Editor and Writer Andrew Ellard (Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd etc)
Brent Forrester (The Ben Stiller Show, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Office US) shares his top comedy writing tips.
Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama, Strange Hill High)
We have an extensive Script Library, you’ll find lots of great sample scripts including Bluestone 42, Mrs Brown's Boys, The Walshes, Outnumbered, Puppy Love, Detectorists, Rev. Motherland, Scot Squad, Still Game, Boy Meets Girl, Inside No. 9 and Uncle.
From the BBC Academy
Training and development resources for the media industry.
Some of these resources apply directly to writing comedy sketches. Although we don't accept stand-alone sketches in our Script Room the advice may still be useful. If you are interested in submitting short-form comedy sketch material to the BBC then check-out The Show What You Wrote and Newsjack
Check out Nish Kumar's Nuggets! Great video with help to get your writing on the air
Including Comedy masterclasses from Richard Curtis and Arthur Mathews and features including 'Making a Comedy Podcast' and 'Learning from the Comedy Greats'.
Comedy Writing Tips for Newcomers - The Guardian
100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy - Vulture
Seven Tips for getting your script ready for our Script Room - from Sitcom Geek
Have a go at writing a Comedy Sketch
On the Mixital website - with lots of tips
Submit a Script
Find out the dates for our next open submission window for Comedy Scripts - plus what we do and don't accept
Various deadlines. Green Curtain Theatre will be staging their 3rd festival of fringe plays in the summer and autumn of 2019 in London. The theme of the festival will be “Breaking Away”. They are looking for one act plays on this theme that reflect any aspect of the lives or experiences of Irish people living in multi-cultural Britain. They also have open opportunities for 10 minute monologues/duologues on the theme 'Leaving' and for short plays based on or connected to an Irish song.
Deadline: 31st January 2019. Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2019 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, now in its nineteenth year.
Event: 22nd January 2019 at a central London venue. University Women in the Arts free writing workshop for female arts students and recent graduates run in partnership with Actor Awareness. Part of their project around tacking and helping to eradicate bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts.
Read these scripts from the BBC Radio Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.