Dave and James talk to the brilliant character actor from both Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Blackadder, Geoffrey McGivern. He has many years of experience, reading and performing the scripts that writers sweat over and has gathered many many anecdotes along the way.
Dave and James back from the summer with lots to report including the return of Newsjack, the great audience sitcom revival part 897 and several attempts to answer the impossible question: What is comedy drama?
Dave and James have a strangely therapeutic conversation with Saskia Schuster, Controller of Comedy at ITV; about how sitcoms get on to ITV and the agony of turning shows down. Apparently, it's painful for the commissioners too!
Attention new writers! The BBC Comedy Script Window opens on 19 March 2018. Here's tonnes of useful writing tips from the people who'll be reading your scripts - Simon Nelson and Amanda Farley of BBC Writersroom.
Toby Davies, the prolific comedy writer for kids' TV and now with a movie to his name, talks sketch writing, working with the biggest names in comedy and modestly reveals his legendary contribution to the oeuvre - That Mitchell And Webb Cash Register sketch.
James and Dave talk to brilliant Newsjack host Angela Barnes about how she approaches writing - and what you can do to improve your chances of getting jokes and sketches on the show. Also, James promises to listen to every episode of the new series.
How do you get material on to the BBC's main show for new writers? Dave and James talk to producer Adnan Ahmed and writers Laura Major and Mike Shephard about how to ensure your sketches have maximum impact. And find out what Eddie Izzard's beret thief looked like. Next week: Newsjack host Angela Barnes.
Dave and James are joined by writers Shai Hussain, Abigail Burdess and Neil Forsyth (writer of the brilliant Eric, Ernie And Me on BBC4 over Christmas) to discuss the winners of this year's Writers' Guild Comedy Awards. Also: is it still right to call Phil Wang young?
The king of audience sitcom talks Ted tunes, radiator tests, the Birth of Bono and plenty more, including EXCLUSIVELY about the new version of The IT Crowd for the US, and how he's hoping it will be third time lucky.
What do you think YOU are? James and Dave talk to Pauline McGowan, Virginia Gale and Kate Benson from research company (http://www.the-nursery.net/) The Nursery about the Nine Types of Comedy they found in their research (which involved making people watch Mrs. Brown's Boys) - and how most of us aren't as clever as we think we are.
James and Dave are joined by ace radio writer and performer Carrie Quinlan to talk about writing for radio, the no-holds barred secrets about what it's like to work with John Finnemore, and more cricket than you might expect from a podcast about comedy.
'When you build a house you don't start with the roof'. Dave and James talk about how to structure your sitcom, make your characters clearer and - you'll like this - how to add funnier jokes. Don't say we don't spoil you.