For those out there who think they’re funny, this is your chance to show people what you’ve got and learn the tricks of the trade of the comedy world. Three classes at this year’s Salford Comedy Festival will guide you through the many changing facets of comedy in the 21st Century. Firstly there is a talk with BBC development producer Henry R Swindell who will give an inside view of the commissioning process, what comedy heads are looking for and how to give it to them. There will also be an experienced comedy writer (identity TBC) who will be doling out more tips and advice. Later that afternoon there is a short talk on Online Comedy for the Youtube Generation, which includes tips on what makes a viral sensation with BBC comedy producers Will Saunders and Jon Aird. As more and more comedy is broadcast online first there will be helpful information on how to stand out in a crowded digital world.  For the chance to see work by and up and coming comedy talent a comedy showcase of the BBC writersroom will present the best writing talent that has progressed through national and regional talent searches and schemes. Finally, the day is rounded off by another comedy showcase in the evening – this time brought to you by the students of the University of Salford as they serve up stand-up, sketch and trailers from the next generation of comedy talent. All events are free, but you must sign up beforehand – and make sure you get there early as seats are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Tue 18 Mar, Digital Performance Lab,  University of Salford, MediaCity UK, M50 2EQ, from 11am, FREE,

Tue 18 Mar
John Stansfield
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Thu 13 Mar 2014