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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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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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Newsjack Series 8 Episode 1 – the recording

Just back on the train after watching the Newsjack recording. Both my sketches written in the writers’ meeting yesterday got recorded. Not sure either of them really lit up the room though, despite the work the script editors had done on them since last night. Also a got a couple of lines in the Valentines Austerity […]

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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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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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More exciting news – Live From Kirrin Island Ep 2 is up

And just in case all that Newsjack action wasn’t enough excitement for one week (not to mention moving house, marking exams, sleep etc…) Live From Kirrin Island Episode 2 has gone um… live. Get it here! Apart from all the brilliant funny stuff, you get to hear me being a Dick. I realize this isn’t anything unusual for people who know me […]

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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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My Newsjack Series 7 Episode 3 submissions

Rather tired with recording Live from Kirrin Island on Saturday and also trying to get everything sorted for moving house (excuses, excuses!) so only managed to send two rushed sketches and four one liners to Newsjack this week. My sketches were on Ed Milliband trying to get on a TV comedy show like Letterman A […]

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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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