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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 matter where you are on the career ladder, there’s always someone doing better than you.
I mean even JK Rowling probably sold less books than Dan Brown last year. She must be furious.
Think of a writer who’s more successful than you. Not difficult is it?
In the latest episode of our podcast, James and I talk about how comedy writing is a bit like life, innit? https://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/sitcom_geeks/ Plus exciting news about the new season of topical comedy writing, find out how you can sign up for a brand new course here: https://www.davecohen.org.uk/learn-to-write-comedy/