Can you have comedy without jokes?

Every so often there’s a review of a comedy show (invariably in The Guardian) that says something like “this is such a great comedy show and one of the reasons is that they don’t bother with jokes.” I exaggerate for comic effect, but not much.  You should see us comedy writers when we all pile …

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Plotting – the final journey

Welcome back to Part Two of the Holy Grail of Plottery. Yesterday I left you in suspense – all was lost for our main character, everything that could possibly go wrong had gone wrong, the only possible outcomes were humiliation, destitution, isolation, pain, death. Given that this is supposed to be a comedy, we’ll stick …

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Why are we so rubbish at plotting?

When I started writing sitcom around 25 years ago there was nothing like the Landfill of Writerly Wisdom currently available, to which I have become a regular contributor.  Around that time I wrote five screenplays, not one of which made it beyond first draft and few to final draft, let alone Final Draft, if that …

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