News: New Podcast Invites Comics To Talk About Their Significant Books

Early on in lockdown writer and comedy producer Lucy Danser teamed up with Digital Producer Sideburn Panda to create a new podcast interviewing comedians about the books that have been significant to them throughout their lives. A sort of literary Desert Island Discs where all the guests are comedians or comedy writers.


News: New Head Of Scripted Comedy At ITV

ITV has announced Nana Hughes as the newly appointed Head of Scripted Comedy.

Reporting into Head of Drama, Polly Hill, Nana will be responsible for driving and developing scripted comedy content and will also support developing scripted comedy drama content. 


News: Comedy Industry Names Give Masterclasses To Young Programme-Makers

The BFI, through its Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), has announced the winners of its See Yourself on Screen Challenge - a UK-wide competition for 4-18-year olds, launched by doctor and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh last month. Fifteen winners have received virtual masterclasses from mentors including Rob Delaney, Reggie Yates, Harry Hill, Konnie Huq, Matthew Lewis and Jessica Hynes.


News: Live Comedy Association Responds To Issue Of Harassment, Abuse And Misconduct In The Comedy Industry.

The recently-formed Live Comedy Association has issued a response following widespread accounts of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct in the comedy industry.

The organisation has set out the following plan to tackle these issues.


News: Channel 4 To Explore Comedy During The Civil Rights Movement

Channel 4 is working on a short film comparing comedic skits from the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s with related comedy today.

The film, which is currently untitled, will air this week on C4 at 7.55pm as part of the nightly Take Your Knee Off My Neck factual series following the death of George Floyd in America.


News: Radio 4 Celebrates Classic Comedy With New Series

Radio 4 and 4 Extra will be celebrating some of the most-loved comedy classics in the coming weeks, hearing from the brains behind some of Britain’s biggest television comedies in a brand new programme What’s Funny About… plus a new one-off Down The Line: Lockdown Special. Cult radio comedy favourites can also be heard again including Cabin Pressure and The Boosh.


News: Live Comedy Association Launches To Support Industry

The Live Comedy Association, a new body representing the live comedy industry, has been launched as the first formal union of its kind within the comedy sector.


Opinion: What Is The Future for Live Comedy After Lockdown?

This is the piece I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write. Until recently I was clinging to the hope that there might be a sign of the UK lockdown being lifted imminently and life starting to return to some kind of normality in about a month or so.


News: How To Have A Northern Irish Wedding - New Comedy Drama

Love and romance get a Northern Ireland twist, in a brand new six-part radio comedy drama on BBC Radio Ulster, from breakthrough writer/comedian Ciarán Bartlett.

How To Have A Northern Irish Wedding begins on BBC Radio Ulster on Saturday 8 February at 10.30am. It follows twenty-something Belfast ‘Bridezilla’ Sarah (Chloe Hodgens), and her hapless husband-to-be Jack (Brendan Quinn), in planning their very special big day - on a budget.


News: Gold To Reveal Britain's Greatest Comedy Character

UKTV has commissioned a follow-up to Britain’s Greatest Comedian for its comedy channel Gold.

UKTV Original Britain’s Greatest Comedy Character sees a jury of nine comedians, actors, writers, journalists and critics battle it out under the watchful gaze of judge Sally Phillips, as they attempt to agree on who is the country’s greatest.



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