Developing and Producing Comedy

If you’re nurturing the seed of a panel game, evolving a sketch show format or giving notes on a third draft script; whether you’re responsible for ‘exclusive online material’ or you’re about to take over the reins on a returning comedy series, this course is for you.
Crammed with examples and inspiration from writers, creative allies, brand new and classic series, successful pilots and not-so-successful starters – this day long course looks at what works – what else might work – what isn’t going to work – and why. Practical armoury for transforming funny ideas into irresistible pitches and commissions.

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Course content

• Sitcom and comedy narrative: long form scripted comedy. Honing in on which characters & situations work, and why. Looking at new ideas – working alongside your writer/s, so you really get to know your characters and their circumstances.

• Sketch shows: short form scripted comedy. Finding a winning theme for your series – inspiring your writers. How setting boundaries/creating rules can spark great comedy.

• Panel games & quizzes: How many teams? How many rounds? Who’ll be on who’s side?… Testing and retesting your format – adding even more laughs while you’re at it.

• It’s comedy!: if you’re having fun – it’ll come across on screen/on air. Practical advice on choosing the cast and crew for your show – and steering your production from prep for the pilot to the last show in the series.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and must be received at least seven days prior to the course date or the full fee will be charged. ITF reserves the right to cancel courses without liability, and delegates will be offered an alternative date or full refund. ITF reserves the right to cancel courses if there are insufficient enrolments. Read more about our terms and conditions.

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