Tag Archive: Comedians

Mar 02

Sitcom Writing: Pilots and Specs

I’ve Never Written a Sitcom… Yet Please note, I am writing this not from experience of being a professional sitcom writer, but from the perspective of having read and researched a lot about it. Not claiming to be an expert by any means. Sure I’ve probably read more books, and websites on the subject than …

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Feb 26

Late Night Talk Show Packet

The talk show packet is supposed to model a late night talk show of your choice. At the time of writing, we have pretty much finished a major shake-up in Late Night TV hosts. As writers, we have to try to capture the unique voice of the show’s host. Current Late-Night line-up Across the U.S. …

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Feb 24

The Sketch Comedy Writer’s Portfolio

Saturday Night Live Writer’s Packet info This is a follow-up to my previous post. So here’s a further breakdown of the comedy writing portfolios agents expect you to have. Bear in mind, I don’t have direct experience doing this myself… yet. This is just research that I’ve conducted and figured I’d share. Typically the sketch show …

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Feb 23

What Pro Comedy Writers Are Doing That You’re Not

Other than working and getting paid, I mean. Here in the U.S. comedy writers are expected to have certain calling cards in order to get work or get an agent, which don’t always go hand in hand. I’ve procrastinated on my own writing samples long enough. Admittedly it has been tough having a kid, and …

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Jul 10

Humour is all about the… timing

I was inspired to write a companion piece to an article that Lisa Braithwaite published over at Speak Schmeak – rewards of ending on time. If you haven’t checked it out, make sure that you do. I wanted to talk about my own experiences with speech timing and also provide some some tips on funny presentations.

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