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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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Live From Kirrin Island Episode 4 goes out on Brooklands Radio tonight

That’s right Episode 4 of Live from Kirrin Island goes out on Brooklands Radio at 9pm tonight. Listen out for two new cast members Stephen Hope-Wynne and Lewis Macleod as well as our excellend regulars. And of course listen out for my sketch “Strivers vs Skivers”. I can’t take all the credit – we all […]

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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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Kirrin Island Episode 3 recording will be on Sunday 16th December (2.30pm)

Yes, it’s true. Live from Kirrin Island is back. And this time it’s bigger and better than before. We are recording in The Phoenix, Cavendish Sq, London, W1G 0PP and it’s free and open to all. So come along at 2.30pm on Sunday 16th December and have a laugh. (Please, please laugh.) I realise it’s long […]

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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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From Newsjack to Kirrin Island

Well, normal service was resumed with nothing for me in last nights Newsjack. But on the plus side I have a few jokes I still believe to take to the Kirrin Island writing day! On with the jokes!

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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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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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