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Writing Comedy: Sitcoms & Other Nonsense
Tue 29 August 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
Set-ups, punchlines, tricks & tips from sitcom writer and comedian Paul Kerensa. Paul will lift the lid on the comedymobile, tinker around and see if any sparks fly while stepping well back. Come and hear about making the most of opportunities, how to give yourself the leg-up needed in the world of professional comedy writing, and some elementary joke-writing tuition. We’ll look at bits and pieces ranging from the building blocks of narrative comedy, to how/should you get God into your comedy vehicle (or if he’s there already).
Exiled Cornishman Paul Kerensa has established himself as one of British comedy’s leading talents, both as a writer and a comedian. As a stand-up, he’s known as a likeable, intelligent and creative comic, ever since winning ITV’s Take The Mike Award in 2002, and becoming a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards & The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards the same year. Since then he has gone on to work regularly all over the UK and Europe, including The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, the Montreal Comedy Festival, and five solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, ranging from spoofs of Back To The Future to journeys through the Bible and around the world in his most recent show, ‘Borderline Racist’. Previous shows caused Chortle.co.uk to say: “Very funny, very clever, an excellent Edinburgh show” and call him a “wildly talented comic”.
He was nominated for a British Comedy Award as part of the writing team for Miranda, which he continues to work on. He has written on each series of Lee Mack’s sitcom Not Going Out among other shows, and is a published author with his book So a Comedian Walks Into a Church, available from DLT Books since March 2013. His writing helped win hit sitcom Not Going Out a Rose d’Or Award in 2008, as well as a nomination for the British Comedy Award for Best New Sitcom. Miranda has recently been nominated for three Royal Television Society Awards, including for best writing and best sitcom.