Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Graham Lineham on Writing Comedy

Upon heading to the next episode of The IT Crowd Series 4 on 4OD, I found this gem of a video from Graham Lineham on screenwriting and in particular, writing comedy. It's a nice short piece with some essential information that touches on matters like, what mistakes new writers make, how to avoid writing a bad script, inspiration for situation comedy, his own influences, the advantage of deadlines and pressure, and why the Duel screenplay is the first point of education for aspiring screenwriters. 

It's a great video for beginners and ones that fans will also enjoy for its brief insight into classic moments of hit comedy shows Seinfeld, Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd.

You can watch the video here.

You can read Duel here. (Shift + Control + H to scroll read)

If you would like more (and more, and more) on Graham Lineham and his advice on writing for comedy, then take the rest of the week off from work, or if you're unemployed, you can be thankful just this once, and head over to Writing For Performance and to The Graham Lineham Interviews.

Thanks Robin!