Comedy Writing [6 Weeks] – Zoom

Wherever you are in the world you can now join up to 12 other participants LIVE online with Brian Luff’s acclaimed Zoom comedy writing courses – a unique opportunity to work with a professional TV writer, and a remote group of other new writers, in the comfort of your own home. In recent months we’ve had participants from as far afield as India, Australia, Canada, USA, France, Portugal, Cyprus and Ireland, as well as writers from all over the United Kingdom. Note: This is a fixed-term course, with 6 self-contained weekly sessions.

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These Zoom comedy writing courses set out a number of successful formulae and powerful tools for writing comedy, passing on numerous techniques that Brian has developed writing for fringe, television, radio and digital. While looking at the disciplines of sketch writing, sitcom and stand-up, students learn how the pros use repetition, callback, reversal and other tricks of the trade to make the audience laugh. The courses are also a lot of fun and a great opportunity to make contact with like-minded people and fellow writers! Non-compulsory writing assignments are set as “homework” between each live session and then reviewed by the group the following week. No previous experience is necessary for this online course.

(Required: Fast internet connection & download of free Zoom software )

  • You’ll get a thorough understanding of the techniques used by comedy writers.
  • It’ll be an opportunity to have your comedy scripts workshopped, discussed and critiqued by your fellow students online.
  • You’ll receive numerous tips on how to pitch your scripts and ideas to producers.
  • You’ll have a chance to network and collaborate with other budding writers online.

    “I wanted to say thanks for the brilliant Zoom comedy writing course.  I’ve done a couple of similar ones, but yours was on another level. Your approach to the mechanics made so much sense. It all clicked in a way it hasn’t before and that’s down to the way you explain things, the years of first-hand experience you’ve had and the fact that you made it all so much fun. Thank you so much.”
    CARL WHEATLEY Read more glowing testimonials here

A maximum of 12 students will work together online to brainstorm and script short comedy routines and sketches. During the 6 weeks, time is also spent looking at scriptwriting for stand-up and the structure of television sitcom. You’ll use Zoom breakout rooms to write in pairs and small groups.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to every session. We record both the audio & the video of all our Zoom groups and the recordings are made available to the participants as soon as the session is finished.

You’ll learn about agents, commissioning editors and development producers and get some invaluable tips on how to get your scripts onto their desks. If you’re serious about writing comedy this is one of the best sets of workshops in the business.

Brian Luff has written for sketch shows on ITV and Channel 5 and co-created a cult late night comedy series for Channel 4 and MTV. He has worked as a senior producer and talent scout for the BBC’s online comedy unit and as series producer for the TV series Cosmic Comedy. Brian has also written and performed in numerous comedy shows on the London and Edinburgh Fringe and is a multi award-winning short film maker.

Brian’s courses and live fringe showcases have helped to launch the careers of numerous emerging TV writer/performers including Nick Helm, Imran Yusuf, Tom Davis, Cardinal Burns, Joe Wilkinson and Perrier Award winner Laura Solon. See also our personalised Zoom 1-2-1 Mentoring Sessions. 

Brian Luff’s Zoom comedy writing courses go LIVE on Saturday afternoons (3pm-5pm), in blocks of 6 weeks. Maximum 10 attendees. 

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