Andy Riley | misterandyriley.com

Mentoring scheme for a new/newish POC comedy writer – open for applications

It’s time to start the 2019-2020 cycle of the mentoring scheme. Here’s what I can offer: A year’s free mentoring, primarily by email, to one POC comedy writer (or POC writing partnership) who is/are either at the start of their career or very much wants to be.  The comedy writing business doesn’t represent the ethnic make-up of the UK. It’s hardly alone on this respect – the same goes for a lot of the media – but writing’s my bit. In the 2011 UK census, 14% of the population were people of colour. Reliable stats for ethnicity in the scriptwriting […]

How To Talk Comedy Writer – Updated October 2018

Screen Shot 2018-10-12 at 19.59.27

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 12th October 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. The Man From Del Monte – the person at the top of the decision making chain who has […]

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 […]

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

FullSizeRender-2

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

Tariq-Aziz_5571c95d11cdc

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 […]