Archive for the ‘comedy’ Category

Newsjack Seeks Writers

18th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

BBC Radio 7 has launched a new topical sketch show called Newsjack which seeks to scrutinise the news, views and issues of the day via comedy.

It is seeking new writers for material for the show.

The pilot aired last Thursday 4 June at 11pm, and has been commissioned for an initial six-week run. Each episode can be replayed for a week after broadcast via iPlayer.

Sketch submissions for the show must arrive each Monday by midday.

Further information on the programme and its submission process is available from the web site.

Comedy Busary Win

11th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times reports that the first annual Dermot Morgan Foundation Bursary has been awarded to Diarmuid O’Brien – an IPSG member – for his comedy script about the workings of the Irish secret service.

The €5,000 award, in honour of the late Scrap Saturday and Father Ted comedian, was presented to its inaugural recipient, Diarmuid O’Brien, from Co Cork, in Dublin at the weekend.

The bursary is intended to encourage and support Irish comedy writing talent. A script and series proposal, based on his application, will be developed over the coming months. “He’s a bit of a dark comic, and is clearly talented, so it’s great to be able to give him the bursary to allow him take time off to develop the idea,” said Don Morgan, Dermot’s son.

Linehan Bags BAFTA

27th April 2009 by Maura McHugh

Irish screenwriter Graham Linehan last night won the BAFTA Television Award for Situation Comedy for The IT Crowd series, which he created and wrote.

Irish Comedy Wins Jury Prize

21st April 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board reports that the Irish dark comedy A Film With Me In It, which was written by and starred Mark Doherty, and was directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, has won the Special Jury Prize at the 28th International Istanbul Film Festival at the weekend. Fitzgibbon was in Istanbul to accept the award on behalf of the producers, cast and crew.

BBC College of Comedy

2nd April 2009 by Maura McHugh

The BBC is looking for comedy writers to apply for a place in its College of Comedy.

The scheme will run for 12 months, and six successful applicants (writing pairs will be treated as a single applicant) will be attached to an existing production, and will also be mentored in the creation of original work.

The scheme is open to writers of half hour narrative comedy, and to sketch writers from the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.

Applicants will have had their work broadcast; had work commissioned for development by a broadcaster or production company; or had their work performed professionally, either as a writer or a writer/performer. Applications which do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

Writers applying to the College should submit the first ten pages of a narrative comedy script, or a portfolio of no more than six sketches, together with a CV.

Applicants may indicate in their application whether a DVD or CD of their work is available, which may be requested during the selection process. They should not be sent unless requested. Links to online examples of work should be included in the CV.

Only one entry per applicant will be considered, and the deadline for submissions is noon on 24 April.

A short-list of no more than 12 writers will be invited for interview in the week of May 25. Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been successful by the end of the week.

The successful writers will attend a residential workshop in the course of the programme, be attached to a production (with expenses paid), and be mentored in the development of an original script, which will be showcased at the end of the scheme, and for which a fee will be paid.

As a condition of the scheme, original work by the writers must be submitted to the BBC under a ‘first-look’ deal, which will run for 12 months from the scheme’s end in April 2010. The BBC undertakes to decide within three months of submission whether or not it wishes to commission the work.

Submissions should be sent to, which will be acknowledged by e-mail. If candidates have not heard from the college by 18 May 2009, then they will not have been shortlisted. It will not be possible to enter into correspondence in relation to individual entries.