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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.

Dave Cohen in black & white, smiling

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Episode 170 of Sitcom Geeks is all about the final step before you plunge into your first draft – the outline. Plus Channel 4 news (as opposed to Channel 4 News) and Basil Fawlty’s Life of Brian. Thanks to everyone who has joined our Patreon Group, we really appreciate

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youtuber, blogger, screenwriter


There are approximately one million nine hundred and sixty three thousand books out there telling you how to write a script. But as far as I can see there are only two about rewriting. And one of them is Making A Good Script Great by Linda Seger. Which is not

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Episode 169 of Sitcom Geeks looks in detail at the recent Pozzitive Productions script competition run by SG regular David Tyler. David is one of the most respected figures in the comedy industry, as well as working closely with Armando Iannucci developing his TV projects David has been one of

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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

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