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Interview with Bennett Arron: The Funniest Thing

We caught up with author, script writer, comedian, documentary maker, teacher and identity fraud expert, Bennett Arron. Bennett is teaching Sitcom and Comedy Writing on the 25 of March in London. The funniest film I've ever seen ​I remember the first film that made me laugh out loud (before LOL had even been invented) was AIRPLANE. [...]

February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Paul Entwistle: Comedy Writing for Beginners 

​‘I went to have my tea leaves read by a fortune teller and she told me I was going to go on a long journey to Egypt. Turns out I’d just used pyramid tea bags.’ Comedy gold I’m sure you’ll agree Ladies and Gentlemen. So it’s been a bit of a slow start to the [...]

January 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Tim Ferris: Tools of Titans – B. J. Novak

“A good comedy operates the exact same way a good mystery operates. [Which is] the punchline is something that is right in front of your face the whole time and you never would have put your finger on it.” B.J. Novak (TW: @BJNOVAK) is best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award–winning comedy series The [...]

Andrew Sachs: The Jewish Refugee

I write in peaceful Kilburn today, the north London suburb where my wife and I live. I have spent much of my career trying to make audiences laugh and being very happy when I managed to do so. Since I turned fifty, I've been rather identified with a much abused Spanish waiter called Manuel, who [...]

December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Steve Martin: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

The path that led me to Jordan and the insight he represents began with a 2007 episode of the Charlie Rose show. Rose was interviewing the actor and comedian Steve Martin about his memoir Born Standing Up. They talked about the realities of Martin’s rise. “I read autobiographies in general,” Martin said. “[And I often [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Amy Schumer: How To Become Stand-Up Comedian

“Once you own your jokes and stand by them, you can relax. Being tentative sours the crowd. They see your fear and then they can’t laugh. They want to have fun, not worry about your next move. If they have to cringe or feel bad for you, their experience is ruined and they are taken [...]

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

John Yorke: Into The Woods: Cental Plank to Jokes and Storytelling

"Bad writing explains; good writing shows. Andrew Stanton noted that his theory of 2+2 =?  - of showing rather than telling - doesn't just apply to images. 'I want to get an abortion, but my boyfriend and I are having trouble conceiving.' American comedian Sarah Silveran's joke is built on a classic subversion of expectation. [...]

Ruby Wax: A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

“Three-minute Breathing Exercise Most people can relax watching TV, playing football or at a wine bar with friends. The problem is that, when you’re about to take an exam, give a speech in front of five hundred people or have an interview for a job, you can’t whip out a football or watch TV to [...]

June 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Timothy Garton Ash: Free Speech – Comedy & Satire Have Licence to Transgress

“What are the three most important questions for a Basque?’ Answer: ‘Who are we? Where do we come from? Where shall we go for dinner?’ (The Basques are famous for their cuisine and their devotion to it.) ‘What’s the difference between an introvert Finn and an extrovert Finn?’ ‘When you’re introduced to him, the extrovert [...]

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Negin Farsad: How To Make White People Laugh

“First Rule of White People: Never talk about White People. Second Rule of White People: White people love conferences.” Negin Farsad, Iranian American comedian, in her recent book goes through a comprehensive list of prejudices of white people and how to make them laugh. Farshad tackles the worst fears of white people, including immigration, body [...]

June 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments