Tag: comedy writing

You have to laugh

The interesting thing about comedy writing is that what’s funny to one person can be entirely unfunny to the person sitting next to them. And although you can dissect it until you’re blue in the face, there are ultimately only two kinds of humour: Funny humour and unfunny humour. Something works or it doesn’t work, and all …

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The joke’s on me

When I was a kid, one of the highlights of the run-up to Christmas was the epic Woolworths’ advert on TV. It was always longer than any other ad and starred proper celebrities like The Two Ronnies.None of which has any relevance to this post, but I thought I’d mention it. What I do want …

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Out to Lunch or on to something?

Every writer knows what it is to create in a vacuum, producing material that few people may ever see. One way around this, to paraphrase Mickey Rooney, is to go and put on a show yourself. Kathrin Smirke (I know, neat name for a comedy performer!) has taken this to heart by creating, writing, starring …

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seeing through the film

Someone emailed me recently with the observation that many of my blogs posts not only have a cynical edge but also tend to focus on agent / publishing rejections and sundry writing disasters. Always lead with your strengths – that’s what I say. In the white heat of rejection, it’s sometimes hard to hear the …

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Persistence wins out!

As I’ve probably mentioned before, there are few openings for freelance comedy writing. You can craft your sitcom script or sketch show to your heart’s content but without an ‘in’, it will languish on a slush pile or even – as was the case for me – sit with a bonafide TV producer for 9 …

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Shakespeare it ain’t

People write for many reasons – burning ambition, money, fame, a stop-and-stare mindboggling idea that won’t go away or even the misguided notion that the actual act of writing will somehow transform one’s life.For the jobbing writer (I believe ‘portfolio writer’ is the latest buzz term), half the battle is often what to do with …

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What sort of writer are you?

Newspaper and magazine questionnaires are always popular (as distinct from surveys, which aren’t). If there’s one thing we like to know about, it’s ourselves. Writers, whether they are aspiring or published, tend to define themselves by their output. It’s useful from the writer’s perspective because it reinforces the way we see ourselves – a little …

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Why Failure is the Writer’s Friend

I’ve had a lot of writing failures. The stories that don’t sell, the articles on perpetual circulation. The novels that amble around like docile sauropods. The topical gags and sketches that live and die without an audience. Sometimes I get despondent, more often just peeved. But part of me takes a secret delight in it. …

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