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NEW COMEDY AUTHOR OPPORTUNITY WITH THE COMEDY CROWD AND VULPINE PRESS

Hey, Funny Writer!

Have you written the next Three Men in a Boat, Bridget Jones’ Diary, or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? How about Vladimir Putin: Life Coach, The Book of Bunny Suicides or Purple Ronnie’s Little Kama Sutra?

Independent publisher, Vulpine Press, have partnered with Comedy Crowd to discover exciting new comedy novels and humorous non-fiction books for publication.

Vulpine Press distributes internationally through all major retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Waterstones and many independent bookshops and online retailers. Could yours be next?

Phase 1 – Writers are invited to submit a short proposal which synopsises their book, alongside a brief explanation of what makes it different. Please note, we are also accepting submissions from writer-illustrators, provided they are in black and white. Please feel free to attach examples and links to your social media page, if relevant. Submission window open from 19/07/21 – 20/08/21.

Phase 2 – Successful entrants will be asked to provide the first three chapters (or 10,000 words maximum) of their manuscript. In some cases, we may ask to see entire manuscripts, depending on the type of book submitted.

Phase 3 – Following a full read-through, selected authors will be contacted with a view of possible acquisition, editing and publication of their book via Vulpine Press.

Apply now!
Deadline: August 20th

For more information and where to apply click on the link https://thecomedycrowd.com/opportunities/vulpine-press-comedy-author/

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FUNNY WOMEN STAND UP TO STAND OUT WORKSHOP – 17th JULY

Lynne Parker, the founder of Funny Women, has been running her comedy workshops since 2009 and is running her first live ‘in person’ Stand Up to Stand Out workshop for over a year. This is the ideal opportunity to reclaim your comedy ‘mojo’ now that venues are opening up and a great introduction for those new to stand up.

We’ve witnessed the genesis of many comedy careers here at Funny Women through our Awards and community events. We’ve helped hundreds of women to gain the confidence to perform on stage and in the boardroom. Now that ‘performances’ will no longer be confined to virtual platforms, regaining your confidence and skills is a top priority.

This workshop covers:

  • Building the confidence to perform
  • Developing your personal style or ‘persona’
  • Introducing techniques to create new material
  • Advice on how to ‘up your game’

Here’s what past participants say:

“Thanks for a fabulous experience I had a wonderful two hours! I was also blown away by your lovely comments I really never expected anyone to think I had any talent!”

“Thank you so much for your inspiration and the confidence we gained from the workshop.”

“Thank you for hosting a fabulous session on Saturday – the turn out and commitment to everything was great and demonstrates to me how invaluable Funny Women is in showcasing and developing female led comedy.”

This is a two hour workshop and numbers are limited due to social distancing.

Join our Patreon now and take part in this workshop free of charge!

Half price for members of The Groucho Club.

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#ComedyCrowdEuros Campaign

The Comedy Crowd are running a #ComedyCrowdEuros campaign throughout Euro 2020 paying a comedic tribute to supporters, including those whose teams didn’t make the tournament (shout out to the Irish).

They want to see your funny TikTok videos about fandom using the hashtag #ComedyCrowdEuros. Here are some examples of subjects you could cover:

  • That mate who thinks he can do a better job than the Polish right back because he once had trials for Crewe.
  • The week in the life of a Scotland supporter
  • Those left behind by their football obsessed spouses

They will also have some specific challenges running for a week at a time. 

The campaign is open from the 4th June until the end of the tournament on the 11 July for you to post your funny 1 minute videos.

The best videos each week will be collated by former Yahoo Sports resident comedians Jim Daly and Dave Bibby (online comedian of the year 2020) to promote across social platforms and The Comedy Crowd network.

To enter simply make your funny video on TikTok and add #ComedyCrowdEuros when posting it, as well as any of the specific challenge hashtags.

Find out more details and full terms and conditions on the Comedy Crowd website 

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NEW! SHORT FILM COMPETITION FROM FULWELL 73

Fulwell 73 is launching a competition for short form comedy content.

We want funny, original films to showcase brilliant female talent. Stories, characters, sketches – we are open to everything. Over the next twelve months one film per month will be selected to feature on Fulwell’s YouTube channel and the winners will be paid £150 (per film).

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams and must include a female director and/or writer. The content must be original comedy created for the competition and ideally between 1 and 5 minutes in length. Films should be best possible quality, 16:9 (widescreen) format, and have sound. The max file size is 128GB. Entries filmed on phones are acceptable.


The competition opens from 1st May 2021 and is ongoing for the next 12 months. Submissions should be sent via We Transfer to 5050@fulwell73.com with a short paragraph about yourself.

The winners will be decided by Fulwell 73.

Comedy 50/50 T&C’s

We are thrilled that you have decided to submit an entry to this Comedy 50/50 initiative in conjunction with Fulwell 73.

In submitting your video you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions.

The Legal Bits:

1.         This initiative is organised by Comedy 50:50 and supported by Fulwell 73 Limited. Comedy 50/50 is a non profit organisation which aims to address the gender imbalance in comedy. Fulwell 73 Limited is a company  specialising in production services for the creative industries (both parties referred to as “us” “our” or “we”).

2.         Entry to this competition is open to any female writer or performer who are full time residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). Entry is only open to those over the age of 18.


3.         Entrants should record a 1 – 5 minute video of their choosing showing their comedic artistic talents. Entry is via e-mail to the following 5050@fulwell73.com You will be asked to provide your name, gender, and verify that you are over 18 years old.  


4.         All recordings should be submitted in English.


5.         Entrants can  enter individually, as a pair or as a team .Only one entry per person/pair or team is permitted and the video must be wholly written or directed by the entrant only. If more than one entry is submitted, only the entrant’s first submission will be considered. Female / male creative partnerships are permitted to enter the competition.


6.         Please do not endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or break any laws when creating any content you wish to submit.

7.         Entries must be an original piece of work or an account of real events. Anecdotes can feature well known public figures from present day or from history or use real-life experiences as a creative springboard so long as the video is original.


8.         Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but you grant us a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online. This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by us.

9.         You confirm that your contribution is your own original work, is not defamatory or unlawful and does not infringe anyone else’s rights (including privacy rights). You also confirm that your contribution is made in your personal (rather than business) capacity and that such contribution does not unfairly promote or further any business activities and has not been contributed for commercial gain. You also confirm that you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your contribution.

10.       Successful entrants will have their video uploaded to the Fulwell 73 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQKCHTy7BYp5Fik7QoXjz7w  for a period of 12 months, however we reserve the right to remove the content before this period elapses for whatever reason.  All entrants that appear on the website shall receive a fee of £150.  

11.       Should Fulwell 73 decide that the content you submit has the potential for development we reserve the right to have a first option for any proposed treatment. If Fulwell 73 decide in our own capacity to proceed with this, we will request a full treatment for each idea, which of course you can decline to particulate in. Should this occur we will provide you with our standard development agreement to be agreed in good faith.

12.       We may receive other submissions which resemble your entry and that in some cases similar or identical ideas may be generated independently, we accept no responsibility or liability for this and we are free to use these entries in any capacity in any media throughout the world.  

13.       Our entire liability to you under these terms and conditions shall be limited to £150 (save that nothing shall limit or exclude our liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or other liability that cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law).

14.       By submitting your contribution you allow us to use the material in your contribution in any way we may reasonably choose on a free-of-charge basis in any media throughout the world. Comedy 50/50 hope  to be able to use your contribution but cannot guarantee to do so.

15.       Any copyright in your contribution will remain with you and this permission is not exclusive, so you can continue to use the material you contribute in any way including allowing others to use it. 

16.       We will ask you to provide some personal information as part of the submission process. Disclosure of this information shall be subject to terms set out in Comedy 50/50’s Privacy Policy which can be found on the website. All personal information held by Comedy 50/50 will be held in accordance with the terms of applicable data protection laws including GDPR.

17.       We reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at any stage, if deemed necessary in our opinion.

18.       We cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not properly registered or recorded. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

19. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales. 

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SECOND DATE ADDED! WORKING IN A WRITERS’ ROOM WITH GRAND SCHEME MEDIA

Due to popular demand we are offering another chance to attend the Grand Scheme Media online session Working in a Writers’ Room.

WORKING IN A WRITERS’ ROOM

What is a writer’s room? What is a showrunner? All will be revealed in this session, explaining the processes and demands of working collectively with a group of writers on a pre-existing project, under the guidance of the writers’ boss, the Showrunner.


TIME AND DATE
Wednesday 21st April @ 11am 
The session will last for 1 hour
Spaces are limited

Please RSVP to comedy5050@comedy5050.com by midday on Monday 19th April and we will confirm your place by 6pm.
Please note we will only contact you if you have secured a space. Places are selected at random and are limited.

Spirit Studio, Channel X, VAL, Studio Hamburg and Roughcut TV have kindly sponsored these sessions.


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SECOND DATE ADDED! WRITING SKETCH COMEDY TV ONLINE COURSE WITH GRAND SCHEME MEDIA

With the continued success and demand for the Grand Scheme Media and Comedy 50:50 online courses, we are pleased to offer another chance for those who missed out to attend the Writing Sketch Comedy.


WRITING SKETCH COMEDY TV
How to Start writing sketches for TV and Radio.
Grand Scheme Media will take a look through the recurring characters, the catchphrases, the stand-alone sketches, monologues and two-headers, that make great sketch comedy. Graham and Mark will also discuss how to work with comedy performers, in developing their characters for the screen.

TIME AND DATE
Tuesday 20th April @11am
The session will run between 1 – 1.5 hours.

Spaces are limited.

Please RSVP to comedy5050@comedy5050.com by midday on Friday 16th March and we will confirm your space by 6pm.
Please note we will only contact you if you have secured a space. Places are selected at random.


Spirit Studio, Channel X, VAL, Studio Hamburg and Roughcut TV have kindly sponsored these sessions.

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MOTHERLAND CASE STUDY WITH HELEN SERAFINOWICZ

Please join Grand Scheme Media and Comedy 50:50 for a very special Masterclass/Case Study with Helen Serafinowicz, the co-creator and writer of BBC2’s hit comedy Motherland.


Helen will talk us through the creation, development, casting and production of this great show.

Questions are welcome! Please send any questions to comedy5050@comedy5050.com and we will try to include as many as possible.

TIME AND DATE

Wednesday 14th April @ 11am

The session will run for 1 hour

RSVP

Please RSVP to comedy5050@comedy5050.com by 9am on Monday 12th April and we will confirm your place by the evening of Monday 12th April.

Please note spaces are limited and you will only be contacted if you have secured a place on the session.

This session will be recorded.

Working In A Writers’ Room, Writing Sketch Comedy, Writing Children’s TV Sessions and the Motherland Masterclass have been kindly sponsored by Spirit Studios, Rough Cut TV & Channel X, VAL & Hamburg Studios. 

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APRIL SHADOWING PLACEMENT WITH ITV2’s IAIN STIRLING’S CELEBABILITY

April shadowing placement with ITV2’s Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility

Iain Stirling’s CelebAbility is returning for a fifth series, and the production team would like to offer one shadowing placement to a female writer.  You will need to be able to travel to London on 13th, 20th and 27th April, and will spend the day in the writing room with the creative team, and the final day will be in studio.  Covid precautions will apply.

To apply, please tell us a little about yourself and also send an example to comedy5050@comedy5050.com of an opening monologue or end of part round up, or some gags that might suit the tone of the show.  No more than two paragraphs please!  

Entries close at 1pm on Tuesday 6th April.  

The successful applicant will be notified by the CelebAbility team by 9th April. 

Please note, only successful applicants will be notified.

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WORKING IN A WRITERS’ ROOM WITH GRAND SCHEME MEDIA

Our next Grand Scheme Media online session Working in a Writer’s Room will be held on Thursday 1st April at 11am. 

WORKING IN A WRITER’S ROOM

What IS a writer’s room? What IS a showrunner? All will be revealed in this session, explaining the processes and demands of working collectively with a

group of writers on a pre-existing project, under the guidance of the writer’s boss, the Showrunner.

TIME AND DATE
Thursday 1st April @ 11am 
The session will run for an hour

Please RSVP to comedy5050@comedy5050.com by 6pm on Thursday 25th March and we will confirm your place by 6pm on Friday 26th March


Please note spaces are limited and you will only be contacted if you have secured a place on the session.

Working In A Writer’s Room, Writing Sketch Comedy and Writing Children’s TV have all been kindly sponsored by Spirit Studios, Rough Cut TV & Channel X.

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WRITING FOR CHILDREN’S TV ONLINE COURSE WITH GRAND SCHEME MEDIA

We are pleased to announce our next session with Grand Scheme Media will be Writing Children’s TV and will held be on Thursday 25th March at 2pm. 

WRITING FOR CHILDREN’S TV

What are the demands and differences writers need to absorb to write effective comedy for Children’s TV?
You will hear from Julie Bower, creator and writer of CBBC’s hit show So Awkward.
Graham and Mark will also discuss how Comedy 50:50 writers target Children’s TV indies and broadcasters.


TIME AND DATE
Thursday 25th March @ 2pm
The session will run for 1 hour.

Please RSVP to comedy5050@comedy5050.com by 6pm on Thursday 18th March and we will confirm your space by 6pm on Friday 19th March.

Please note spaces are limited and you will only be contacted if you have a place.

We would like to thank Spirit Studios, Channel X and Rough Cut for kindly sponsoring the sessions Writing Sketch Comedy, Writing Children’s TV and Working in a Writer’s Room.