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“A gag-packed insight into the inner workings of the comedy world.” – Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke
“Utterly indispensable guide for anyone wanting to make a living at comedy” – British Comedy Guide.
Comedian, Perrier nominee in a previous century, founder member of the Comedy Store Players: in the 1980s Dave Cohen was Britain’s Most Averagely Successful Stand-up Comedian. In recent years he has become Britain’s Most Averagely Successful Comedy Writer. He has worked on Have I Got News For You and Not Going Out and wrote most of the lyrics for the award-winning hit BBC Childrens’ Show Horrible Histories. He is one of the most respected teachers of comedy writing in the UK.
“An engrossing entertaining read.” Steve Bennett, Chortle
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About Dave Cohen
Writer, comedian, Edinburgh Festival Perrier Award nominee, founder member of the Comedy Store Players, Dave has been a constant presence on the British comedy scene for more than 35 years.
He – okay let’s drop the pretence that someone else is writing this. It’s me, Dave. I’ve written for some of the most successful TV shows including Have I Got News For You, Spitting Image, BBC sitcoms Not Going Out and My Family, and dozens of radio shows including News Quiz, Dead Ringers, Sunday Format and the award-winning 15 Minute Musical, which I co-created.
No blog this week, instead a YouTube video with lots of advice. We talk a lot about script formatting, there’s also a discussion about writing tools (and inevitably, a joke about tools). We talk about the BBC and the plans they have for reading sitcom scripts (tl/dw: looks like they
Since lockdown I’ve been running a series of courses designed to help you speed from nought to first draft in eight weeks flat. I’ve just finished the fourth course and been amazed at the response. Initially thought hardly anyone would get there. In the ad for my course I hint