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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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I’ve got something on Newsjack Series 7 Episode 4

Although I don’t know what. I got the famous Newsjack “something in” email. And I’m on the list http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kvs8r/features/episode-four But they never tell you what in advance. I’ll just have to listen to the show. (Not because they enjoy us being in suspense but just because of the practical difficulty of telling everyone before the show.) […]

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Newsjack Series 7 Episode 2 – sketches sent

I’ve sent three sketches to Newsjack again (didn’t manage to write six like I always intend, and rarely do). (Submission guidelines are here in case you haven’t seen them yet – still time for one liners this week.) This week’s sketches were on Andrew Mitchell insulting the police (like everyone I would guess?) Waitrose’s twitter problems […]

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That Putin sketch is now Newsjack’s preview clip on their front page

My Putin sketch (very ably rewritten by the excellent Tom Neenan) is the preview clip for Newsjack. You can hear it here. And of course the rest of the show at 10.30 tonight on BBC Radio 4 extra.

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My submissions for Newsjack Series 7 Episode 1

Are now all sent off. I sent three sketches on 1. Vladimir Putin – turns out some of his stunts were staged… (no, really!) 2. Richard III bones dug up in Leicestershire 3. Mike Tyson wanting to act in musicals Plus ten one liners. Fingers extra crossed this week as I’m off to the recording […]

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More on writing for Newsjack

In case you haven’t seen enough articles on writing for Newsjack here’s a good description of the emotional rolloercoaster of it all from Marc Paterson. There’s also James Cary’s now classic explanation of why you should give it a go. I already mentioned Tom Neenan’s blog post and of course I keep writing about NewsJack (when I […]

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Newsjack is back! Series 7 first submission deadline is 17th September.

Submission guidelines are up on the BBC website. The deadline for one liners is now 4pm on Tuesday. Last series it was 5pm. Don’t get caught out! Otherwise it looks pretty similar to last series submission rules. There is also a page of tips which gives some general pointers and a a reminder of the […]

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Taking a short break from topical comedy

The News Revue are off to Edinburgh, Newjack isn’t back until the Autumn, Kirrin Island’s Summer Shorts are in the bag and the Treason Show crew are (I like to imagine anyway) sunning themselves on Brighton beach. So it’s a good time to get off the topical comedy donkey and try to spread my wings […]

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My last submissions for Newsjack Series 6.

So this is the end of writing for Newsjack Series 6! The deadline for one-liners was just a few minutes ago. I managed to submit three sketches on The army driving fuel trucks The EU cracking down on Pirates That Kazakh national anthem fiasco. and 8 one-liners on topics from Simon Cowell being burgled to […]