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 153 - The Real Victoria Wood
Part one of our revealing interview with Jasper Rees, author of the brilliant Let's Do It Victoria Wood biography. 'Everyone thought they knew her but they were wrong, it was she who knew them.' The story of dinnerladies, and Victoria's advice to aspiring sitcom writers.
Episode 152 - Making A Scene Of It Part 2
Ahead of the deadline for Dave's scene writing competition the Geeks discuss how you can learn from the greats: specifically Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and Blackadder The Third. Plus a surprisingly upbeat prognosis about the future of comedy writing (spoiler alert: plenty of positives but it's still bloody hard to breakthrough).
Episode 151 - Making A Scene Of It
Dave and James discuss Dave's new BCG Pro scene-writing competition and what we might learn from Blackadder, plus news about news - topical comedy's moment. And bonus sitcom writing advice from James's 'Writing That Sitcom' book.
Episode 150 - Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton
Dave and James celebrate the big 150 chatting to the great writing pair who brought you Drop The Dead Donkey, Outnumbered, Kate & Koji and tonnes more. Great stories of rejection (how many pilots turned down by the BBC since Outnumbered?), acceptance (yes sometimes that happens too), and some novel advice from Andy about how to sit.
Episode 149 - The Future Is Now
Self-Publishing guru Joanna Penn explains why the future of comedy lies in doing it yourself. Why we must write what we love, embrace AI and produce our own audio. A must listen if you're keen to make a career of comedy writing.
Episode 148 - Cancel Your Hero
Dave and James with news of an exciting new competition, plus keeping your plots clear and what to do when your main character isn't funny (clue is in the title).
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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.
A solid show. Plain and simple