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Send in the Clowns

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by Anton 1 Comment

By Hayley McKenzie
4th April 2011

So maybe you write drama and you don’t want to write sitcoms or sketch shows, it just isn’t your thing? So you don’t need to know about writing comedy, right? Wrong!

Of course, you could claim that any drama is either a tragedy or a comedy and can’t be both, and it’s a fair point but I’d say that many of the best dramas (Shakespeare, Dickens, anyone?) use comedy and comic characters all the time and nothing’s changed.

So, if you want to write drama, especially in UK television, then you’ll probably need to be able to write comedy as well. Just look at the following dramas, all of which use comedy  – ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘New Tricks’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Hustle’, ‘Misfits’, ‘Being Human’, ‘Monroe’, ‘South Riding’ – yes, I did say ‘South Riding’, did you see Mr Huggins and Bessie? (more…)

April Fools’: The Joke’s Are On Us

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 by Anton No Comments

It’s April Fools’, the day where people are creating, avoiding or succumbing to pranks. So we thought we’d bring you a bit of light relief by posting some funny clips that we can all laugh at. Best of all, they all come from shows that the speakers at The London Comedy Writers’ Festival have worked on.

So enjoy… (more…)