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Extreme ways to avoid writing #94 – have a baby

Baby Salisbury #2 has arrived and is of course lovely. But is not yet much help as a secretary and literary companion despite my pleading. At least all those Newsjack deadlines have inured me to a lack of sleep… zzz….

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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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Joke writing – The rule of three

There are no simple rules for joke writing.  (The only hard and fast rule I’ve found is  “be funny” – and that’s not simple). But there are useful patterns and techniques used by other people trying to write funny.  I’ve been keeping notes of the patterns I come across and thought I’d share some of […]

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Writing for Newsjack – some of the thing I’ve learned

Writing forNewsjack was a lot of fun, although the sleep deprivation was getting to me after six weeks. Now that I’ve taken a bit of a breather, I thought I’d share some of my reflections on the process ready for next series. Here’s my advice to my future myself: Your sketch needs a brilliant premise. […]

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Finally I can see my whole screen again

Ever since I foolishly dropped my handy netbook I’ve been working with only  two thirds of the screen. Which, given that the screen is only 10” to begin with is not easy. It does mean I have not been posting as much as usual as working WordPress with only 2/3rds of the screen was too […]

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Refining my comedy sketch writing technique

The process of writing for Newsjack has made me reflect on my sketch writing technique. Up until now I have relied on bumbling about until an idea occurs to me for a comedy sketch, writing it, editing it manically through Sunday night and submitting on Monday morning. But I’m not sure this is the most productive […]

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Newsjack Series 6 Episode 3 – my submissions

I’ve sent of my three sketches to Newsjack again, on: Police privatization A man suing the baptist church over his lost football career UK being rubbish at maths I thought the first one would be a popular topic and, judging by the chat over at the comedy.co.uk forums, it was! It will be interesting to see which […]

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Red Planet prize co-founder Danny Stack on “Irony of Character”

Nice short article over here from Danny Stack talking about “Irony of character”. This is, at it’s simplest, having some trait of the character in conflict with the situation they are in. Danny gives the example of Life on Mars, politically correct 21st century cop finds himself in un-PC 1970s. This also happens in sitcoms, […]

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Newsjack Series 6 Episode 1 – Initial analysis

Ok, I realise it’s possible to overthink this. But if it’s possible to overthink something, I usually will so here goes… First off a list of the topics covered in Episode 1. Generally they won’t want to cover the same story again next episode so I would avoid these unless it is big ongoing story […]

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Hachette vs JAKonrath – an interesting debate on the future of traditional publishing stateside

It all started because of a leaked memo, where Hachette  (one of the Big 6 American publishers, which also has British division and French parent) tried to make the case for traditional publishers compared to authors selling their own work digitally direct to customers via services such as Amazon, Apple, Sony, Android marketplace etc. Take […]

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