23 April 2011
The weekend before last, I went to the London Comedy Writers Festival, which brought together hundreds of writers hungry for advice, and dozens of industry insiders happy to share their experiences. As always with events like this, it's good to meet other writers who are facing similar challenges, even if I'm not writing comedy myself at the moment.
There was lots of practical advice in the sessions, so I've written up a series of articles based on how to write comedy, encapsulating the key advice from people such as Griff Rhys Jones, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Dan Mazer (Borat, Ali G), and many working writer-performers, comedians and editors. Here are the articles:
- 11 Tips for New Comedy Film Writers by Dan Mazer. Mazer works with Sascha Baron Cohen and has co-written Ali G, Borat and Bruno.
- Top tips on writing comedy from Griff Rhys Jones. What's the difference between a pizza and a comedy writer?
- How to write radio comedy. Advice on breaking into writing for radio from an expert panel including writers and editors from BBC and commercial radio programmes.
- How can gold envelopes get you a gig as a comedy writer? A short piece pulling out a key theme in the talk by Robert Popper, bestselling author and producer/writer for shows including South Park, The Inbetweeners and Peep Show.
- How to write comedy scripts actors want to perform. What draws an actor or performer to a script? Find out what Jessica Hynes and Stephen Mangan look for in a script. Also includes expert advice from a panel of comedians and writer-performers.