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Mentoring Scheme for a new/newish PoC comedy writer: open for applications

****UPDATE 1/6/18: I’ve made my final selection now, and I’ve emailed everyone who sent a script. Thanks to all, and sorry I can’t take on more than one. A **** ****UPDATE 30/5/18: I’ve read everything now – more than 50 scripts sent, about double what I expected. I want to give a really good re-read to my shortlist of 6 or so before I make the final selection, so you won’t hear on the 31st May; it’ll be more like Monday the 4th June. Thanks for bearing with me!*** ***UPDATE TO THE BELOW, 16/5/18: Deadline for submissions has now passed. I’ve […]

How To Talk Comedy Writer – New Update

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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. I have this ongoing project to gather as many as I can in one place. Most of the new entries are at the top – the most recent update is 29th May 2018. If you’re a comedy writer and you’ve got a good one, please email me on luckyheathercomic@gmail.com or tweet me on @andyrileyish…I want this list to keep growing. Last Man Standing – the line that made everyone laugh like a drain at every read from day […]

My RSI Catastophe (and How I Clawed My Way Back)

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Here’s how repetitive strain injury landed on me like the end-Cretaceous asteroid, wrecked my life and career, and how I managed to come back from it. I’m not using the real names of the professionals I encountered, because I need to be frank about how often I was let down. Some of these people meant the best for me. Some were twats. But it’s not just about the individuals – as you’ll see, I reckon there’s a huge flaw in the entire system of treatment. If you have RSI, if you know someone who does, or if you’re at risk of […]

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 18th April 2018. If you’re a comedy writer and you’ve got a good one, please email me on luckyheathercomic@gmail.com or tweet me on @andyrileyish…I want this list to keep growing. Last Man Standing – the line that made everyone laugh like a drain at every read from day […]

Some answers to the FAQs

(Latest update to this – 21st May 2018) 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. 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, […]