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How To Talk Comedy Writer – Updated

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Comedy writers often come up with little pieces of terminology, most of which never get circulated beyond a small group of people. So I’m gathering as many as I can in one glossary so we can all share them. The newest entries are at the top – the most recent update is 12th July 2017. If you’re a comedy writer and you’ve got a good one, please email me on or tweet me on @andyrileyish…I want this list to keep growing. More Mouths To Feed – via Andy Riley & Kevin Cecil. This is when you have a large number […]

Some answers to the FAQs

There are some things which I’m asked quite often, as a cartoonist and a scriptwriter. Here I’ve tried to answer these questions at some length. We’ll start with the scriptwriting ones; scroll down for the cartoon stuff. Please note: for the most part I’m talking about working in the UK. I’ve got some experience in other countries, mostly the US, but I’ve always been based in Britain.   How can I break into comedy scriptwriting? My own first steps were in 1991, and the broadcasting landscape has utterly changed since then. All the same, there are some things Kevin Cecil […]

How To Talk Comedy Writer – Updated!


A couple of years ago, I put together a list of weird little bits of terminology that comedy writers use. Only a few of these can be found in books about writing – most are terms that have grown out of writers’ rooms, email exchanges, and talking shop in the pub. Some are in wide use: others used by literally only a couple of people. I’ve just been told a lot more of them so the list has grown, a lot. Please enjoy. Langdon – a joke construction named after the writer John Langdon, who loves to write them. The […]

Mentoring for a BAME comedy writer is happening again

***UPDATE TO THE BELOW – 31ST OCTOBER 2016 – Midnight tonight is the deadline for samples. I’ve read a lot of the scripts already, but there’s still lots more to go, so I reckon it will be about another week before I make my final selection. When I do, I will inform everybody who has submitted. Thank you!*** ***UPDATE TO THE BELOW – 23RD OCTOBER 2016 – about a week left to go to submit a sample; then I’ll draw the shutters down at the end of this month, read everything, and make my decision about a week later.*** I […]

#comedywritingsowhite, and one thing I’m doing about it

***UPDATE, MARCH 9TH: OK – I now have a mentee for the year. I’ve already contacted everybody who sent something, but if for whatever reason the e-mail didn’t arrive, and you’re reading this to find out you’re the mentee… sorry but not this time. But, assuming the year goes well, I will be repeating the selection process in February 2017. Anyone who submitted this year will be more than welcome to have another crack. Cheers, Andy*** Here’s what I’m offering – A year’s free mentoring, primarily by email, to one comedy writer (or writing partnership) from a BAME background who […]