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

It’s time I started up another mentoring cycle. 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 is/are either at the start of their career or very much wants to be. I started doing this a few years ago because the comedy writing business doesn’t represent the ethnic make-up of the UK nearly enough. I’ve done three cycles already; my former mentees are Christine Robertson, Sammy Wong and Sophie Duker, and they’re all doing very well. Christine’s been writing for Trollied and has developed a script […]

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 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. Tariq – via Paul Powell. When you’re doing a rewrite on a script, it’s a relief to come […]

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. Tariq – via Paul Powell. When you’re doing a rewrite on a script, it’s a relief to come […]

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. 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 (my writing […]