Picking the brains of professional funny people to find out how we can all be as creative as comedians

Comedy writer and innovation coach, Tim Reid, chats to other comedy professionals about how they keep the ideas flowing. As well as being co-creator and co-writer of Peter Kay’s Car Share, Tim trains teams in creativity and innovation. And Tim believes we can all learn how to be more creative by finding out how comedians and comedy writers think, behave and the methods they use for coming up with a steady stream of new material. So he’s getting inside their funny minds to see where their ideas come from. Tim says, “Comedians and comedy writers are the most innovative and creative people you could meet. They have to be. No-one laughs at an old joke. They have to continuously and consistently come up with new ideas, new jokes, new sitcom plot lines… So I talk to them about how they do it. I want to get inside the minds of funny folk, have a poke around, and see what makes them so creative. I hope you’ll find a few tools and techniques that help you up your own creativity.”

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Inside Marc Blakewill and James Harris’s Funny Minds


Today I’m talking to BAFTA nominated comedy writing duo, Marc Blakewill and James Harris. Their writing credits include CBBC’s Horrible Histories, Russel Howard’s Good News, White Van Man, Sorry I’ve Got No Head and the brilliant 4 o’clock club.

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Inside Andy Ford’s Funny Mind


Described by Matt Lucas as the funniest man alive, Andy Ford is, according to ‘The Stage And Television Today’, one of the top ten comedians in Britain. His big break came in 1997 when he appeared on the Big Big Talent Show hosted by Jonathan Ross.

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Inside Nina Gilligan’s Funny Mind


Today I’m talking to the very funny stand up comedian Nina Gilligan. She’s been nominated for and won a number of awards and when she’s not gigging, Nina hosts her own radio show, Gilligan’s Island, on Fab Radio in Manchester.

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Inside Paul Kerensa’s Funny Mind


Today I’m talking to comedy writer and stand up, Paul Kerensa co-writer of award winning BBC 1 sitcoms Not Going Out and Miranda. He’s authored many books on comedy and can often be heard on Chris Evan’s Radio 2 show providing the ‘pause for thought’.

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