Hypothetical Writing Opportunity

In association with Comedy 50:50, a brilliant writing opportunity for the panel show Hypothetical.

Closing date for submissions: Wednesday 12th February at 6pmPlease see below for the brief and email all submissions to hypotheticalwriters@hattrick.com


Hypothetical is an entirely improvised panel show produced by Hat Trick Productions. In the show, hosts Josh Widdicombe & James Acaster pose two teams of comedians a series of ridiculous hypothetical situations and award points based on how well they deal with them. Situations like…

You have to take a selfie with Nicholas Cage within 48 hours or die. How do you do it?You have to get a 150ft bronze statue of The One Show’s Matt Baker erected in your hometown. What do you do?You must get Lorraine Kelly to break your arm. First one to do it wins. Loser gets their legs broken by Eamonn Holmes. What do you do?You have been sent back in time to Dallas, November 21st 1963, the day before JFK was killed. You must prevent the assassination. What do you do?


1. You are a cat.

We’re looking to expand our pool of writers, so we’re looking for people with imagination, a keen eye for the absurd, and the ability to produce well-thought out ideas in volume.
To be considered for this, simply submit one Hypothetical, a few words on why you’d like to write on the show, and a short CV of your writing work to date. So you can get an idea of the tone, the first episode of the new series is available here.

Selected candidates will be invited to come in to Hat Trick for a (paid) writing day and may well be offered further work by becoming part of our writing pool.

Due to the expected volume of applicants, only those who are successful will be contacted.

Three tips for writing hypotheticals

Every hypothetical should be fun to answer. When you write one, think about how you’d answer it, and how you’d feel if you were asked it on the show. If you feel a sense of dread, it probably won’t work as a hypothetical.

No matter how absurd the question, it must be possible to answer it using real-world logic. If you need to get hold of gravity-defying trousers to complete the question, the comics won’t be able to work out their own answer.

Keep it simple. The best hypotheticals are the starting-point for a journey. If there are loads of extra details to factor in, the comedians won’t be able to build their own story around it.