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'Make It' Newsletter
Thursday 12th March 2015
This is our mailing list aimed at those of you brave enough to create comedy. Here's some news and opportunities...
Features
Learn improv at London's new home for improvised comedy
A group of established comedians have set up a new theatre company and school in London - one which is devoted entirely to improvised comedy. They are now running courses. More info in this article: Read
Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 competition open for entries
The entry form for the 2015 Amused Moose Laugh Off, a stand-up comedy competition for new acts, is now available. Read
North Wales set for 2015 comedy writers conference
Llandudno in North Wales is hosting The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference on the 24th and 25th April 2015 - the early bird deadline has been extended so cheap £50 tickets are still available if you book quick (before this Saturday 14th March). Read
Writing for Newsjack
Newsjack, the topical radio sketch show that anyone can write for, is currently on air. There's guidelines on how to submit sketches on the BBC website. Read
Fast Cuts
The BBC is looking for original comedy scripts on the theme of "what it means to be a British Muslim", for a new strand called Fast Cuts. Read
BBC Writersroom script window
The BBC Script Room is currently open for unsolicited comedy submissions - so this is your chance to send your project to the BBC. The online form closes on the 2nd April, so there's still time to polish a bit more before submitting (see James Cary below). Details
Tips for getting your script ready
James Cary's blog is always worth keeping an eye on. In his latest post he offers some timely advice: seven tips for getting your script ready: Read
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
Stuart Goldsmith continues to analyse stand-up comedy via his podcast-based interview shows. He's recently chatted to some international comics, which results in some interesting different viewpoints. Listen
Ask The Industry podcast
We featured this podcast in our last email, but we're doing so again as host Simon Caine has talked to another batch of interesting people. Geoff Whiting, the guy who books all the Mirth Control gigs, is amongst the recent guests: Listen
Multi-Camera Directing
A video from BAFTA Guru focusing on the art of directing in a studio. It spans all genres, but Steve Smith who oversees The Graham Norton Show is one of those interviewed. Watch
Edinburgh Comedy Awards job
The Edinburgh Comedy Awards are looking for an Assistant Awards Administrator. It's a paid job. Applications close on the Friday 27 March 2015. Details
Writing & Stand-Up Advice DVD
Another quick plug for the DVD we filmed at our 2013 conference. It features 7 hours of advice on writing and stand-up, from the likes of Al Murray, Jo Brand, John Finnemore and TV and radio's top producers. Shop
Spotlight
In each 'Make It' newsletter we shine a spotlight on a project posted to our showcase forum...
H1Z1 Survivors
Long-time BCG member Gavin posted this animation to our Showcase forum on Sunday. It's a parody of the computer game H1Z1. Even if, like us, you've not even heard of the game, it's worth watching as it helps demonstrate how slick 'homemade' (i.e. zero budget non-Hollywood) animation can now be: View
Message Board Posts...
Here are some quotes from our message board. Get involved too yeah?
"I've heard conflicting advice on whether to send a pilot or not so no help there." Jenni on BBC open submissions: Comedy scripts
"Hey looking for open mics in the South West to try out material but guess what can't find any. Anyone out there that can help if not will try and start one." Matt Potter on Open Mics. Where are they ?
"I enjoy writing comedy or funny things I think about but is there anywhere that you can blog or share it to see if it actually funny outside of my head?" Lewis Greenwood on Comedy Blogging
"I make videos independently for Comedy Central UK (online) and have had a fun Star Wars themed series commissioned. I currently work with a couple of writers but we're looking to bring new ideas in." Jcs1905 on Comedy Central Star Wars series
"I have been really surprised at the lack of comedy nights and comedy groups outside of London." TallTales in Lets start a band. Or similar.
"If you want to get somewhere quite cheap, it's a good idea to share a flat with a handful of others. Really cuts the price down quite nicely, if you can find people." Tom Mayhew on the Edinburgh Festival
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