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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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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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The Show What You Wrote update

So some people have started receiving rewrite requests for sketches they sent into The Show What You Wrote. Nothing for me yet, but so far rewrite requests have gone to  people who sent in their sketches very early – unlike me, I was working almost up to the midday (extended) deadline on  29th March. I managed to […]

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Writing sketches: things to consider while drafting

Sorry about the lack of posting action – not been getting much sleep! Or free time not used for writing sketched. However I have been thinking hard about writing sketches and trying to make them as good as I possibly can. I always have certain ideas/ways of working that I keep in my head but […]

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Writing for Newsjack: The hunt for the killer premise

Pity the poor Newsjack sketch reader. By the end of Monday they will know every possible horse meat joke in the history of the universe. That’s not to say you shouldn’t send yours as well, but for the  sake of the poor reader do make it original. So don’t you do what I naturally do – […]

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BBC Sketch writing opportunity: The Show What You Wrote

Not only is there Newsjack starting, well pretty much now, here is yet another open door sketch show for BBC radio comedy . (Opendoor sketch shows are like buses… there is never enough room for everyone who wants to get on and I find they never quite go where I expected them to…) It is […]

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Writing for Newsjack: The Kettle Rule

As promised, here is the first of the tips even I have managed to pick up writing for Newsjack. The Kettle Rules is nothing to do with making tea or coffee (even if that does take up half your writing time). This rule is named after the excellent James Kettle – an experienced comedy writer […]

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Everything’s happening at once

So last week I moved house, marked a large pile of professional exam papers (new pile now arrived) and went to my first ever Newsjack meeting. More on the Newsjack meeting will follow once I’ve caught my breath (but, let’s be honest, you won’t read it until just before the next series). On Newsjack, some […]

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Getting two sketches into Newsjack Series 7 Episode 4

So that credit was not one but two sketches on Newsjack. Mine were the “coping without electricity” sketch (where I was very pleased that the tortoise line got a good laugh) and the “cloning jokes” sketch. Even more exciting, I have been invited into the writer’s room next Tuesday. Which also a bit scary as […]

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