october 2020

thu01oct7:00 pm8:00 pmJoel Morris & Neil Webstercomedy Panel: 'But Is It Funny Though?'7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Show Info

Panel: ‘But Is It Funny Though?’

Notepads at the ready for this Scripted Comedy Symposium with two of TV’s most sought after sketch, sitcom and character comedy creators.

BAFTA winning/EMMY award nominated writers Joel Morris (Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, Philomena Cunk, Paddington, Rule of Three Podcast) and Neil Webster (Morgana Robinson’s The Agency, SunTrap for BBC, Urban Myths for Sky Arts) share the tricks of the trade to get your work from script to screen. This is set to be a fascinating insight into the world of writing, commissioning and producing comedy from two writers at the very top of their game.

Hosted by improv/stand up comedy legend and current star of Sky’s I Hate Suzie, Alison Thea-Skot.

Neil Webster is a Writer, experienced Exec Producer, Producer and Script Editor. Neil co-founded the comedy drama production company Happy Tramp with director Ben Palmer in 2013, producing a sitcom series for BBC1 (SunTrap) and a sketch show for BBC2 (Morgana Robinson’s The Agency), a BAFTA nominated short film for BBC3 (Elephant), and a number of half hour films for Sky Arts Urban Myths series, two of which (written by Neil) were nominated for an International EMMY. In 2017, Neil relocated to the highlands of Scotland, where he established Happy Tramp North. To date, the company has produced the highly acclaimed drama Guilt for BBC2 / BBC Scotland, as well as the upcoming sitcom Semi-Detached for BBC2 starring Lee Mack

Joel Morris has, along with his writing partner Jason Hazeley, worked with Charlie Brooker, Mitchell & Webb, and just about everybody else, winning a BAFTA for the howl of pain that was 2016 Wipe and a Broadcast Award for A Touch of Cloth.​They write TV dimwit Philomena Cunk, worked on the Paddington films, and created the best-selling Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series, as well as brooding Scandinavian detective Knut Angstrom for Radio 4. They were behind the spoof local newspaper The Framley Examiner, co-wrote the travel guides Bollocks To Alton Towers, and crafted artisan knob jokes for Viz comic for many years. Joel is also creator and co-host of Rule of Three, winner of BEST ARTS AND CULTURE PODCAST at the 2020 British Podcast Awards.

Start Time: We recommend joining at 6:30pm (UK time) to ensure you’re set-up for an 7pm start. Each gig lasts around 50-60 minutes.

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