Simon Nye
Adam Tandy

Simon Nye

Simon's writing includes the sitcoms Men Behaving Badly, Is It Legal?, How Do You Want Me?, Wild West, The Savages, Carrie and Barry, and Felix and Murdo. Other television work includes Just William, My Family and Other Animals, Pride, The Railway Children, Frank Stubbs Promotes, and the Doctor Who episode, 'Amy's Choice'. He is also a translator, with recent works including Moliere's Don Juan and Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

 

Adam Tandy

Adam has worked in television comedy and entertainment production for over twenty years. His most recent production credits include The Thick of It, A Touch of Cloth, Cricklewood GreatsCome Fly With Me, Lab Rats, Time Trumpet, The Smith and Jones Sketchbook, I'm Alan Partridge II, The Armando Iannucci Shows and World of Pub. He was also a producer on the multi-award winning film, In The Loop.

Lucy Lumsden

Lucy Lumsden

Lucy is Sky's first ever Head of Comedy, and in that post has commissioned series such as Spy, Trollied, Stella, The Cafe, Mount Pleasant, and Walking and Talking. She was previously the BBC's Head of Comedy Commissioning, where she worked on series such as Outnumbered, Lead Balloon, Armstrong and Miller, Psychoville, The Thick of It and The Catherine Tate Show

Creativity in the British Television Comedy Industry

Shane Allen

Shane Allen

Shane is the Controller of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. Prior to that he was Head of Comedy at Channel 4, where he worked on series such as Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, Cardinal Burns, the 'Funny Fortnight' season, FaceJackerVery Important People, Ricky Gervais’s Derek, Anna and Katy and The Mimic. He Executive Produced the film version of The Inbetweeners, and oversaw '4Funnies', which searches for new comedy talent.

Richard Hurst

Richard Hurst

Richard is a British comedy writer and director of television and theatre. His writing credits include Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the multi-award-winning sitcom Miranda. He is a founding member of the sketch group 'The Four Horsemen'. Their series, This Is Pop, was broadcast on BBC Choice. He is the writer (with James Cary) of Bluestone 42.

If you work in the British television comedy industry and are interested in joining the people below in participating in our project, please email us at makemelaugh@uea.ac.uk or go to our Contact page.

If you work in the British television comedy industry and are interested in joining the people below in participating in our project, please email us at makemelaugh@uea.ac.uk or go to our Contact page.

Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla

Ash established Roughcut TV in 2007, and the company has gone on to produce series such as Trollied, Anna and Katy, Fun Police and World's Craziest Fools. The Roughcut Presents website has produced over 30 films for the BBC and showcases Misery Bear. Prior to Roughcut, Ash produced and executive produced series such as The Office, The IT Crowd, Look Around You and Bo' Selecta!.

Paul Doolan

Paul Doolan

Paul is writer and co-creator of Sky 1 series Trollied and has also contributed to several other sitcoms, panel and sketch shows, including the forthcoming Anna and Katy for Channel 4. Paul began his career working for Ash Atalla's indie Roughcut Television, working his way up to development producer before moving solely in to freelance writing.

Osborne and Naylor

Molly Naylor and John Osborne

Molly is a scriptwriter, poet and performer. Her shows include Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of YouMy Robot Heart, Made Up and The Book of Malachi. She has written for The Independent and her poems have been featured on BBC Radio. Her first book – an illustrated text of Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You is available from Nasty Little Press. Her poetry collection You Clown is published by The Book Hive.

John is a writer and broadcaster based in Norwich. He is the author of three books: Radio Head, The Newsagent's Window and Don't Need the Sunshine. He has had poetry published in The Guardian, The Big Issue and The Spectator and broadcast on Radio 1, Radio 3 and BBC 6Music. His first solo show, John Peel's Shed, was a complete sell out at the 2011 and 2012 Edinburgh Fringe and was adapted for Radio 4.

Sue Teddern

Sue Teddern

Sue has been a writer for television and radio for over twenty years. Her television writing credits include My FamilyBirds of a FeatherBosom PalsSister FrancesHappy Together, and My Parents are Aliens. She has lectured in screenwriting, radio drama and sitcom at Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of East Anglia, City University and Norwich University College of the Arts.

Gordon Kennedy

Gordon Kennedy

Gordon is an actor, writer and producer and founding member of ABsoLuTeLy Productions. His work ranges across film, television, radio and stage. He has performed in, amongst others, Absolutely, Robin Hood, Red Dwarf, Red Cap, River City, Stressed Eric, Very Old Pretenders, and The Deal. He has been a producer on many shows, including Armstrong and Miller - The Best BitsThe Jack Docherty Show and Baggage.

James Cary

James Cary

James worked on series 1 and 2 of Miranda and has also written episodes of My Hero and My Family. His radio credits include three series of Hut 33, four series of Think the Unthinkable, and the sketch show, Concrete Cow. He has also co-written four series of Another Case of Milton Jones. He is the writer (with Richard Hurst) of Bluestone 42, and has a blog, Sitcom Geek.

Iain Morris

Jon Petrie

Jon is a television producer at Roughcut TV. His television CV includes QI, Comic Relief, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The IT Crowd. He's currently producing shows for Channel 4 (Anna & Katy), BBC3 (People Just Do Nothing) and BBC Online (Misery Bear).

 

Make Me Laugh

Alison McPhail

Ali McPhail

Ali is a Senior Producer at Baby Cow Productions. She has produced and executive produced series such as Common Ground, Lizzie and Sarah, Where are the Joneses?, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Brave Young Men, Stand Up Hero, Cruise of the Gods, Stuck, King of Fridges, AD/BC: A Rock Opera, The Abbey, Dr Terrible's House of Horrible and Human Remains.

Steve Stamp

Steve Stamp

Steve is the main writer behind the London comedy group People Just Do Nothing. Originating as a self-shot YouTube project, the group were picked up by independent production company Roughcut TV to make a BBC3 ‘Feed My Funny’ pilot in 2012. Steve has recently quit his job as an administrative assistant at Birkbeck University to become a full-time sitcom writer for a BBC3 series of People Just Do Nothing.

Kay Stonham

Kay Stonham

Kay is an actress and writer. She has written for television and radio series including Weekending, The Sunday Format, Harry Enfield and Chums, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, My Family, Life of Riley and Shaun the Sheep. For Radio 4 she created and wrote Audio Diaries, and co-created, co-wrote and starred in Robin and Wendy's Wet Weekends. She has acted in series including The Young Ones, People Like Us, Mike Leigh's Home Sweet Home and New Tricks.

Richard Hurst

Andrew Ellard

Andrew is a writer and script editor whose credits include Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd and Miranda. His comedy career began when he was retained as a script consultant for ITV on shows such as Ladies of Letters, Mumbai Calling and Honest. His film short Future.Inc was the winner of 2012’s Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge.

Michelle Farr

Michelle Farr

Michelle is a television producer for in-house BBC Comedy.  She has produced Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Whites and most recently the critically acclaimed BBC Three bomb disposal comedy Bluestone 42, which is returning for a second series in early 2014.

Ben Cavey

Ben Cavey

Ben is Head of Comedy and Entertainment at Tiger Aspect Productions. His most recent credits include Bad Education (BBC3), The Spa (Sky Living), Benidorm (ITV), Grandma's House (BBC2), Walking and Talking (Sky Atlantic), Argumental (Dave), Psychobitches (Sky Arts), Horne and Corden (BBC3) and Roman's Empire (BBC2). You can follow Ben on twitter: @ben_cavey.

Jones and Peet

Ruth Jones and David Peet

Husband and wife creative team Ruth Jones and David Peet founded independent production company Tidy Productions in 2008.

Ruth is an actress, writer and producer. Her credits include Nighty Night, Gavin & Stacey and Stella, the third series of which is currently filming on location in South Wales.

David worked as a radio producer for many years. He is Managing Director of Tidy Productions and has produced shows such as A Child’s Christmases in Wales, The Great Outdoors, Ruth Jones’ Christmas Cracker and all three series of Stella.

Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark

Lisa is Director of Pett Productions, an independent production company she founded with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer in 2002. The company has produced shows such as Shooting Stars, The Angelos Epithemiou Show, Tittybangbang and Catterick. She has worked in television comedy and entertainment for over twenty years, with roles including Head of Comedy at LWT Productions and Senior Commissioning Executive for BBC Entertainment.

Nerys Evans

Nerys Evans

Nerys is Deputy Head of Comedy at Channel 4, where she has overseen series including The Inbetweeners, PhoneShop, Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights, Peter Versus Life, The IT Crowd and Friday Night Dinner. She previously worked at the BBC in-house comedy department, working on programmes such as Little Britain, French and Saunders and Jonathan Creek, and producing Miranda.

Graham Linehan

Graham Linehan

Graham is a writer, director, producer and sometime actor. With Arthur Mathews he wrote sketches for Alas Smith and Jones, Harry Enfield and Chums and The Fast Show.  His collaboration with Mathews continued on sitcoms Paris and Father Ted. His other credits include Brass Eye, Black Books (with Dylan Moran), The I.T. Crowd and most recently the television version of the Radio 4 show Count Arthur Strong (with Steve Delaney).

Sam Bain

Sam Bain

Sam Bain is most famous for co-creating Channel 4’s longest running sitcom Peep Show with writing partner Jesse Armstrong. Sam has also been executive producer on the show for the last 6 of the programme’s 10 years on air, as well as on a number of other shows. Sam’s writing credits also include E4’s Fresh Meat, and BBC productions The Old Guys, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Rev.

David Mitchell

Having met writing and performing partner Robert Webb during his time at Cambridge Footlights, David has co-starred with Webb in That Mitchell and Webb Situation, Peep Show, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, The Ambassadors and Magicians. He’s a regular guest and presenter on Would I Lie to You?, Was It Something I Said?, Have I Got News for You and QI. He’s writes and presents David Mitchell’s Soap Box, is co-writer and host of 10 O’clock Live and is a comment writer for the Guardian and Observer newspapers.

 

David Mitchell
Chris Sussman

Chris Sussman

Chris is a BBC comedy commissioning editor, overseeing the development of new projects. He is executive producer on series including Not Going Out, Him & Her and Cuckoo. Before joining the BBC, Chris was a freelance producer for a number of indies, working on shows such as The Friday Night Project and World’s Craziest Fools . He has also written for Monkey Dust, Man Stroke Woman and The Peter Serafinowicz Show.

Gregor Sharp

Gregor Sharp

Gregor has been a comedy commissioning editor at the BBC since 2011. Initially a director of children’s television he moved into comedy production, producing two series of Terri McIntyre, the second for the then-newly created BBC3. Returning to development he took up the role of Executive Producer, Scripted Comedy for BBC Scotland. Gregor has also co-written a number of comedy series including Thin Ice and Happy Hollidays for BBC Scotland.

Robert Popper

Robert Popper

Robert is a comedy producer, writer, actor and script editor. His writing credits include Harry & Paul, The Peter Serafinowicz Show and with Peter Serafinowicz he created, wrote and starred in Look Around You. He has script edited The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd and Him & Her. In 2008 he set up his own production company, Popper Pictures, which produces Friday Night Dinner (created and written by Robert) and sketch show Watson and Oliver.

Iain Morris

Iain co-created, co-wrote and executive produced The Inbetweeners with his writing partner Damon Beesley. Iain was previously a commissioning editor for Channel 4, working on Phoenix Nights and Peep Show. Iain and Damon have co-written episodes of Flight of the Conchords. In 2004 they founded Bwark Productions, which has produced The Inbetweeners feature films and shows including Free Agents, Drifters and Siblings

 

David Mitchell
Sara Jones

Sara Jones

Sara is a freelance comedy and drama editor. She worked on the first three series of the Sky 1 sitcom Stella for Tidy Productions, and edited the pilot and all six episodes of Whites. Sara’s recent work has included comedy pilots Medics, Monks and Rudy’s Rare Records, the television adaptation of Lenny Henry’s Radio 4 sitcom.

Gareth Heal

Gareth Heal

Gareth is a freelance editor with two decades' experience working in comedy, documentary and film. He began his career working as an assistant and then junior editor at the FrameStore in London, before turning freelance. His comedy credits include The 11 O’clock Show, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Russell Brand’s Ponderland, Facejacker, and the mockumentary series People Just Do Nothing.

James Farrell

James Farrell

James is a comedy producer and writer who works in-house at BBC Comedy. He began working as a runner on The National Lottery, before becoming a development researcher in Comedy and Entertainment. He worked first as assistant producer and then producer on Mrs Brown’s Boys. James is currently producing the sitcom Crims for BBC Three. He is also an experienced writer, with credits including Mongrels and Anna & Katy.

Jack Clough

Jack Clough

Jack made early appearances as a child actor in Casualty and The Bill. His directing career began on E4’s teen drama Skins, and he went on to direct episodes of comedy drama Beaver Falls. He has recently directed People Just Do Nothing when the mockumentary was picked up for a full series by BBC Three.

Kenton Allen

Kenton Allen

Kenton is Chief Executive of Big Talk Productions. He has developed/produced a wide range of comedy/entertainment programmes for indies (such as Channel X and Shine) and at the BBC. As Creative Head of BBC Comedy and Comedy North his credits included That Mitchell and Webb Look, The Omid Djalili Show and After You’ve Gone. Since moving to Big Talk in 2008 he has executive produced comedies including Rev, Friday Night Dinner and The Job Lot.