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All change for Newsjack Series 10

The Show What You Wrote has closed its doors but just down the hallway another BBC sketch opportunity is back: Newsjack. And there are lots of changes for Series 10. Check out the details of what they want carefully on the BBC website, but here’s my summary of what’s going to be different to Series […]

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Learning to write comedy – just make something.

Writing well is hard. (I’m not going to tell you how many times I’ve rewritten this simple opening paragraph.) Writing comedy well is… (actually probably no harder than for other kinds of writing, but based on how much comedy writers complain) …writing comedy well is even harder. Whatever natural talent you have the craft of writing […]

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Book Review: Comedy Rules by Jonathan Lynn

Christmas is over and the New Year has not yet begun. The chocolates have gone but there is still turkey in the fridge.  And for those of us lucky enough to have some time off, this stretch is a wonderful “no man’s time” – a chance to catch up with friends, family and all the […]

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British Comedy Guide conference read out

And we’re back. Long time no post. Normal (ie irregular) service resumed. For a couple of weeks now I’ve been planning to write up the British Comedy Guide Big Comedy Conference. First I have to say well done to Mark, Aaron and the team on making the whole thing run so smoothly. (And to Dave […]

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What not to write for Newsjack

A new series of Newsjack starts on 19 September: We’re back on @BBCRadio4Extra on the 19th September! — Newsjack (@NewsjackBBC) September 3, 2013 Which means, for anyone who wants to write for it, the first deadline is Monday 16 September at 12 noon – that’s less than a week away. Newsjack is not just a […]

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How to be a better writer

I don’t claim to be a good writer, although I plan to be one day, but I’m sure I’m a better writer than I used to be. Looking back at old work is both deflating (did I really write this badly?) and uplifiting (look how far I’ve come) at the same time. So, while I’m […]

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Call for submissions: Live from Kirrin Island episode 5

Live from Kirrin Island (the comedy podcast produced by LippyAlison) is open for submissions for Episode 5. Details on how to submit are here. Sketches need to be in by 31 July (yes that’s tomorrow) so get scribbling. Follow the @LiveFromKI account on Twitter for updates (and, unlike parts of Twitter, it’s guaranteed free from […]

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Sketch comedy writing: Sketches need characters

So far, so obvious.  A sketch without characters would be,um, a very long  joke or a short stand up set. And even then the persona of the performer gives you at least one character to play with. So sketches need characters. So what? Well, they need funny characters. Again, obvious. We’re trying to write comedy […]

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The Show What You Wrote – the things what I learned

Well, 15,000 sketches read less than 1% of those used. And The Show What You Wrote is done (apart from the editing and broadcast…  🙂 ). No credit for me this time. But I have learned a lot from the process of writing for a non-topical show. And from Jon Hunter‘s excellent general feedback which […]

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My gmail address will be out of action till Wednesday

Just in case anyone is trying to get hold of me on david.salisbury.writer :at: gmail (please turn this into a normal email address if you are not a spambot scraping the internet) I won’t have access to it until the middle of next week. Please use my personal email or the contact form on this […]

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