As most of you know by now I'm involved in the faberoonie London Screenwriters Festival - and our latest venture involves a Comedy Writers Festival this April, 9-10th, 2011. I CAN'T WAIT for the event and can't believe who the guys have already pulled in as speakers - squuuueeeeeeeeeeee is the only word available! Check them all out below. AND WE'RE NOT FINISHED YET!!! Plenty more announcements coming soon!!! Watch this space or follow Londonswf on Twitter or follow Londonswf on Facebook. See you there!
GRIFF RHYS JONES
Griff came to national attention in the 1980s in the BBC’s comedy sketch shows ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’ and ‘Smith And Jones’ which won an International Emmy and several British Comedy awards during its successful 11 series run.
Credits include 'Absolutely Fabulous', 'The League Of Gentlemen', 'The Office’
Jon was the BBC’s Head of Comedy from 1994-2007 where he produced a host of award winning shows.
RHONA CAMERON – Writer / Comedienne
Credits include: ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Rhona’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’.
One of the best stand up comedians in the UK, Rhona made an impact on the comedy scene in 1992 winning Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award.
ROBERT POPPER – Writer / Performer
Credits include 'Peep Show', 'The IT Crowd', 'South Park'.
Robert is a BAFTA winning comedy writer, producer, performer, and best-selling author.
JESSICA HYNES – Writer / Actress
Writing credits include 'Spaced', 'Learners', 'Asylum'.
Jessica co-wrote SPACED and was awarded Best Female Comedy Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards 2000.
PETER SOUTER - Writer
Credits include 'Married Single Other', 'Doctor In The House', 'Goldfish Girl'.
Peter left a successful career in advertising to write comedy drama ‘Married Single Other’. He won the Society of Authors Play of the Year award for ‘Goldfish Girl’.
JAMES CARY - Writer
Credits include 'Miranda', 'My Family', 'My Hero'.
James has written episodes of ‘My Hero’, ‘My Family’ and, most recently, 2011’s Best New British TV Comedy ‘Miranda’.
MELLIE BUSE – Writer / Producer
Credits include 'Grandpa In My Pocket', 'The New Adventures of Captain Pugwash', 'Charlie And Lola'.
‘Grandpa In My Pocket’ has sold to over 100 territories, is twice nominated for a BAFTA and won the Welsh BAFTA for Best Children’s Programme in 2010.
BRIAN LEVESON & PAUL MINETT - Writers
Credits include ‘My Family’, ‘Booze Cruise’, ‘The Two Ronnies’
Since 1985 Brian and Paul have written for countless sketch shows and for some of the biggest names in UK comedy.
ALICE LOWE – Writer / Actress
Credits: 'Out of Water', 'Life Spam', 'BigTalk'
Winner of the Edinburgh festival Perrier Award for 'Netherhead', writer of 'LifeSpam' for BBC3, 'Beehive' for Channel 4 and currently working on a feature for BigTalk and Film4.
DAVID ISAAC - Writer
Credits include 'Lunch Monkeys', 'Life Of Riley', 'Not Going Out'.
David received the RTS North best scriptwriter nomination for ‘Lunch Monkeys’. His short ‘Bus Baby’won the People's Prize in the Virgin Shorts Film Competition.
ED MORRISH - BBC Radio Comedy Producer
Credits include ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Now Show’, ‘Serious About Comedy’
Ed was given a BBC Radio Entertainment Producer Traineeship in 2002, he graduated to Producer in 2003 and has now made over 100 programmes for Radio 4 and BBC7.
MARK TALBOT – Development Producer / Hat Trick Productions
Credits include: ‘Sabotage’, ‘Armstrong And Miller’, ‘Kevin Bishop Show’.
With ‘Sabotage’ Mark single-handedly promoted and produced one of the most exciting and underground comedy nights in London.
JAQUELINE WRIGHT - Director
Directing credits include 'Out Of Water', 'Life Spam', 'Stiffy'
Jaqueline is an award winning director who works extensively with writer / comedienne Alice Lowe .
MICHELLE FARR - Producer
Producing credits include '2 Pints Of Lager' & 2011 Project 'Whites' with Ricky Gervais
BBC producer Michelle Farr has worked her way up through the ranks of radio, TV and now helmed major BBC comedy projects.
SARA PASCOE – Actress / Comedienne
Credits include 'The Thick Of It', 'Being Human', 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret'.
Sara has been voted one of Time Out Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars of Comedy’.
JESSICA RANSOM – Writer / Performer
Credits include ‘Fast and Loose’, ‘The Armstrong and Miller Show’, ‘The Odd Half Hour’
Jessica is a highly experienced writer with projects including her London live show ‘The Ransom Club’ and her solo live show ‘Ransom’s Million.
DAVID ARMAND – Writer / Performer
Writing Credits include: ‘The Peter Serafinowicz Show’, ‘Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show’, ‘Sorry I’ve Got No Head’
David is an experienced writer and performer, perhaps best known for his ‘Karaoke for the deaf’ interpretive dance of Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ – which went viral in 2005.
NATALIE BAILEY – BBC Comedy Director / Producer
Credits include 'Dick And Dom's Funny Business', 'Hotel Trubble', 'Vidiotic'
Natalie joined the BBC in 2002 and worked her way up from Researcher to Director working with the likes of French & Saunders and Armando Iannucci along the way.
COLIN HOULT – Writer / Performer
Credits include ‘Hotel Trubble’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’, ‘Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder’.
A former winner of the Writers Guild Award for Comedy, Colin penned the hugely successful shows ‘Carnival of Monsters’ and ‘Enemy of the World’.
HUMPHREY KER – Writer / Performer
Credits include ‘The Brothers Faversham’, ‘Look Away Now’, ‘The Penny Dreadfuls’.
Humphrey is an up and coming performer and writer and one third of the critically acclaimed ‘The Penny Dreadfuls’.
MAX DICKINS – Writer / Performer
Credits include Absolute Radio DJ, ‘Leeds Tealights’, ‘Dregs’
Max is a Sony Rising Star Award nominee, a two time Chortle Student Award Finalist and one of The Sun’s Top Comedy Picks for 2011.
TOMMY AND THE WEEKS – Writer / Performers
Credits include ‘Dick And Dom’s Funny Business’, BBC Comedy Unit
“May become a future great British double act, carrying on the tradition from where other greats such as Morecambe & Wise and Reeves & Mortimer have left off.” The Guardian