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Topical Sketch Reading Service

Trying to write sketches for BBC Radio Comedy shows?

Need professional advice on your first drafts?

BBC Radio Comedy is committed to making more sketch shows with the aim of bringing on new writers. Now you can have your sketches improved with the help of top comedy scriptwriter Dave Cohen. Dave promises to read your sketches and offer advice and suggestions for changes.

Dave CohenDave Cohen is one of the best-known topical comedy writers in the UK. He has worked on dozens of topical radio and TV shows including Spitting Image, Rory Bremner, Dead Ringers, News Quiz and The Eleven O'Clock Show; writing sketches, songs and gags. For a number of years he performed with the Comedy Store's Cutting Edge topical comedy team and as a panellist on countless radio shows. He has been writing topical gags for Omid Djalili's recent sell-out tour, and is working on a new series of 15 Minute Musicals for Radio 4.

To find out more please email Dave:



"Dave really helped me get an idea of the structure of a sketch and helped me get my sketches on the radio. Top guy, with great insight."  
James Shakeshaft, comedy writer since 2006
"Having previously only written for amateur shows, attending Dave Cohen's Raindance course "Writing For Comedy" gave me the confidence and motivation to start submitting my work to paying markets... Since doing Dave's course I have regularly sold sketches and songs to NewsRevue and The Treason Show, written gags for stand-up comics, got two sitcoms through to the semi-finals of the 2007 Sitcom Trials, and received positive feedback from TV production companies. I also now co-write regularly with one of the other attendees I met on the course. If you're a writer wanting to get serious about comedy, Dave's course is a great place to start."  
Griff Phillips, comedy writer.
"Dave showed me why my own material wasn't working and helped me to understand the basics of making good comedy. The help he has given me with my own work is immeasurable"  
David Byrne, Best New Writer at the Edinburgh Fringe, Writers' Guild Award 2004
"Awesome notes."  
Ali Cook, comedian, writer, magician ('Dirty Tricks' Channel 4)

All business agreements are between yourself and Dave Cohen. The British Comedy Guide does not offer, nor is involved in the consultancy service advertised above.