No Sex

Ha hey! Me and mi Heavy Petting campadres made this for Hat Trick/Bad Teeth’s Short and Funnies prize, and we’ve been short-listed. This is in no way based on a true story, by the way, and don’t even ask what a reverse bent spoon entails.

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Rough Cuts Podcast

Series two of the Comedy Unit’s Rough Cuts podcast started… uh… at some point in the past, and I am squatting in the middle of the first episode doing my two voices (posh and slightly less posh but louder). I am also wearing a wig and two different moustaches, one below each nipple, but you’d have to listen really hard to hear that.

Here’s a link: Rough Cuts Podcast Ep 1

From the site: Series 2 is made up entirely of clips sent in by the contributors themselves and is presented by the fantastic comedian Mark Nelson. In this first episode Mark introduces Endemic Comedy, Ross Main as Dogshit Johnson, James Harris, The Impenetrable Click, *Matthew Ellis and Tommy Mackay as The Sensational Alex Salmond Gastric Band. Produced by Chris Grady.

Summer Loliday

I run a sketch group at our local arts centre, ARC in Stockton. I’ve done it for two years now, and we’ve staged 15 performances of 5 shows so far, and this one is definitely the sixth. The show is written and performed by whoever turns up on a Thursday night, and this show has a cast of 29. 29! That’s a huge cast for a sketch show, bigger than, like, Three of a Kind and Hale and Pace combined!

If you’re wondering how I contribute: I script edit, dump any sketch that mentions chavs or parmos, and make everyone say their lines louder. It’s fun.

Come along to the show. I guarantee it’s got a lot of bananas in it. Nice, if you like bananas. And if you fancy being in the show next time, come along on a Thursday night. We start again in September. Bring your own bananas.

Where Can I Send My Sketches?


As part of my work for Writers’ Block I run 1-1 mentoring sessions for writers, many of whom are writing sketches. And they all want to know – where can I send them? Sadly, there don’t seem to be many places in the UK that accept unsolicited sketches, but there are one or two opportunities to keep your eye on.

Cofilmic Sketch in the City

What is it? A monthly live showcase of new sketch writing. Currently limited to writers in the North of England. Submit your 3 minute, three character sketch and maybe it’ll get performed.

Will it help my career?

The best of the crop, selected from each night, will be submitted for the COFILMIC Comedy Film Festival live sketchwriting competition on 29th October 2012. A panel of top industry experts (as
well as the audience) will vote for their favourite and the winner will have their sketch made into a short film for the following years competition!

You never know…

Link: Cofilmic Sketch in the City

The Treason Show

What is it? A slick and irreverent satirical topical comedy sketch show, based on the news and current affairs. Written by a team of over 40 writers and performed by a team of multi-talented satirical sketch performers.

Will it help my career? Can’t hurt.

Link: Treason Show Writers Guidelines

Newsrevue

What is it? Newsrevue is a weekly, fast-paced show of hilarious sketches and songs based on absolutely anything in the news—politics, sport, celebrities—from The Lords to Lords, from the Middle East’s Jordan to the Sun’s Jordan.

Will it Help my career?

Over the years, the show has won the Fringe First Award and a Perrier nomination in Edinburgh, won rave reviews from the national press, recorded many TV & radio specials and helped begin the careers of Rory Bremner, Michelle Collins, Josie Lawrence & Bill Bailey.

So… perhaps!

Link: Newsrevue writers page.

Where Else Can I Find Out About Opportunities?

It’s as well to keep an eye out on the BBC Writersroom, in case a show like Newsjack is seeking sketches.

Also the Writing Opportunities section on the British Comedy Guide forums will often flag up interesting stuff.

Basically, though, if you can somehow take control of your own sketches, by joining or starting up a sketch group, doing live shows, making short films, anything that gets your writing off the page and into a form that can be experienced rather than read, you’ll find your own voice much quicker, and you’ll have sketches to show people, which is always a step up from having sketches for people to read.

Do it yourself! Punk rock! Revolution! Seize the means of production! Or write a funny song about how fat John Prescott is for NewsRevue. Whichever you’d prefer.