A fortnightly podcast by James Cary (Bluestone 42, Miranda) and Dave Cohen (Not Going Out, Horrible Histories) about the art of sitcom-writing for TV and Radio.
Episode 206 - We Love Lisa
Part 2 of our wide-ranging chat with top comedy drama writer Lisa Holdsworth (Call The Midwife, New Tricks, All Creatures Great And Small) with advice to new writers, the joys and perils of show running and the importance of the Writers' Guild, which she currently chairs.
Episode 205 - Lisa Gets An A
Dave and James talk to the brilliant comedy drama writer Lisa Holdsworth. What is comedy drama? If anyone knows Lisa does, she's written loads of them - New Tricks, Call The Midwife, All Creatures Great And Small. Tonnes of great advice if you're planning to enter the BBC Writersroom call for Comedy Drama Scripts.
Episode 204 - The Complete Comedy Writer Writes Again
Join James for this exclusive interview with Dave Cohen, whose new improved second edition of the indispensable Complete Comedy Writer is published on 21st November. Hear what happens when James throws random sitcom writing questions across the table to his co-host. Our first non-Zoom show for two years.
Episode 203 - He Knows His Onions
Fascinating chat with Scott Dikkers, legendary creator of The Onion. His is a great story of how someone with no connections to the comedy world can break in and create their own niche. This episode is packed with helpful insights from his excellent How To Write Funny trilogy of comedy writing books.
Episode 202 - Speak Up!
Producers, commissioners, script readers - everyone tells you what they want more than anything from a script is to hear "your authentic voice". What do they mean by that? The answer is different for everyone. Dave and James offer tips to help bring you closer to finding yours. Yes that means you! And you. Every single one of you.
Episode 201 - Sketchwriting Gems From Gemma
Dave and James talk two-minute-movies with the queen of sketchwriting Gemma Arrowsmith, best known for her work with Tracey Ullman and whose new Radio 4 series begins next week. Gemma knows everything about how to write comedy sketches and she wants to share her knowledge with YOU.
I love these guys! Listening to this podcast gets my mind spinning and helps me understand not just sitcoms, but stories in general.
An Informative Show!
If learning how sitcoms work from the writing and production side is what you look for in a podcast, this show won't disappoint. James and Dave clearly have a passion for the art form, and that shows in every discussion, whether they're talking about the history of a specific show, their own writing, and even the issues that face Sitcoms as our culture changes.
Give this show your earholes. Totally worth it.
Sitcom Geeks is a great breakdown of the art of writing sitcoms - primarily, but the comments are well worth investigating no matter what type of writing you do. The only downside is that they only release new episodes every other week.