Danielle Krage

55: Suchandrika Chakrabarti and Nerine Skinner (Creating Topical Comedy)

Danielle Krage interviews Suchandrika Chakrabarti and Nerine Skinner.
Suchandrika is a stand-up, who runs the monthly night Good News / Bad News in north London and writes for BBC One’s Have I Got News For You. She is taking her second solo show Doom…

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54: End of Season 6

53: John Derevlany: (Super Narrative – Storytelling Across Platforms)

Danielle Krage interviews writer, creator, and brand builder John Derevlany. John is an award-winning writer, animator, and showrunner who has written or produced hundreds of hours of TV (including for the Jim Henson Company and LEGO). John has also …

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52: Ken Pisani (Writing Comic Novels)

Danielle Krage interviews Ken Pisani. Ken is a screenwriter, TV writer and producer, playwright, comic book author, former cartoonist, and novelist. His novel, AMP’D, was a Thurber prize finalist, and in this episode he takes us behind the scenes of …

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51: Caleb Warren (What Makes Things Funny)

Danielle Krage interviews Caleb Warren, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Arizona. Caleb researches and writes about what makes things funny, what makes things cool, and what helps people reach their goals. In this conversation, C…

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50: Eric Maisel (Fearless Creating for Comedy Writers)

Danielle Krage interviews Dr Eric Maisel. Eric is the author of more than 50 books – many focused on creativity and the creative life – including Fearless Creating, Deep Writing, The Power of Daily Practice and The Magic of Sleep Thinking. He also wr…

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49: Joanna Penn (Writing the Shadow)

Danielle Krage interviews Joanna Penn. Joanna is an award-nominated New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with more than 40 books across multiple genres – non-fiction and fiction (under J.F.Penn). Joanna is also a podcaster, international s…

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48: Rosie Wilby (Using humour to unpack challenging questions)

Danielle Krage interviews Rosie Wilby. Rosie is an award-winning comedian and creator of the global hit podcast and book The Breakup Monologues. She is also the author of ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’ and toured a trilogy of solo shows investigating the psycho…

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47: Ruth Leigh (Writing comic characters)

Danielle Krage interviews novelist Ruth Leigh. They focus on her delightful Isabella M Smugge series, and what it takes to create a comic character that you can develop and sustain across multiple books. Ruth is also the author of the Jane Austen-ins…

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46: End of Season 5 (Back with you on March 6th)

Hey lovely listeners. That’s the end of Season 5. I’ll be back on March 6th with more fabulous Comedy Masterclass guests. 

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45: Scott Dikkers (How to Write Funny)

Danielle Krage interviews Scott Dikkers, founder of the renowned humour site, The Onion. Scott is a New York Times and Amazon best-selling humour author. He has won a Peabody Award, the Thurber Prize for American Humor and over 30 Webby awards. Plus,…

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44: Writing advice from my favourite ghost (Ray Bradbury)

In this episode, Danielle shares the writing advice of Ray Bradbury, a writer who has influenced her own writing process. She introduces Bradbury and his book ‘Zen and the Art of Writing’, highlighting his practical and joyful approach to writing. Da…

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43: Julia McKenzie (Getting Audio Comedy Commissioned)

Julia McKenzie is the Commissioning Editor for Comedy and Entertainment at Radio 4, and prior to that was Creative Director of BBC Studios Audio for 7 years, specialising in comedy and entertainment production.
In this conversation, Julia provides he…

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42: Lynne Parker (Founder of Funny Women)

Danielle Krage interviews Lynne Parker, Founder and Chief Executive of Funny Women. She created the organisation over 20 years ago now and has made such a contribution to the comedy community, including producing the Funny Women Awards. In this conve…

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41: Fran Hill (Observational Humour)

Danielle Krage interviews author Fran Hill about ways to develop your observational humour skills as a writer. Fran is a former English teacher, and had a monthly satirical column about education in the Times Educational Supplement. She further share…

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40: Billy Mernit (The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen)

Danielle Krage interviews Billy Mernit – screenwriter, novelist and author of Writing The Romantic Comedy: The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen. Billy has served as a story analyst and script consultant at Universal Pictures, an inst…

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39: Winter Break

Back January 10th 2024 with more Comedy Masterclass guests.

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38: Allora Dannon and Camille Le Baron (Christmas comedy recommendations)

In this episode writers Allora Dannon, Camille Le Baron and Danielle Krage share their Christmas comedy recommendations. They discuss TV series, films and books that capture the holiday spirit with a Christmas twist. Whether you love Christmas or not…

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37: Chelsea Kania & Emily Chase from Female Pilot Club (practical advice for entering a comedy script call competition)

Danielle Krage interviews Chelsea Kania and Emily Chase from Female Pilot Club, and they discuss the benefits of entering writing competitions and the development opportunities they offer.
From their work with Female Pilot Club’s comedy script call, …

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36: Chris Head (How to structure your 30 min comedy or comedy-drama script)

Danielle Krage interviews comedy director, coach and mentor, Chris Head.
This episode is a deep dive into how to structure your 30 min comedy or comedy-drama script. Then Chris and Danielle play with using the structure to brainstorm a new show.
Tact…

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35: Johnny Smith (writing screenplays for animation)

Danielle Krage interviews Johnny Smith, animation and live-action screenwriter and script consultant. His work spans books, TV and film, including Dragon Rider, and co-writer for The Queen’s Corgi, and Gnomeo and Juliet.
This conversation includes:
C…

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34: Jane Lovering and Jeevani Charika (How to Write Romantic Comedy)

Danielle Krage interviews writers Jane Lovering and Jeevani Charika. They are shortlisted and award-winning romantic novelists in their individual careers, and together they wrote How to Write a Romantic Comedy.
This conversation includes:
Having pen…

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33: Dave Cohen (The Complete Comedy Writer)

Danielle Krage interviews Dave Cohen – Broadcaster, BBC TV writer, BAFTA winner for his Horrible Histories songs, and novelist (Stand Up, Barry Goldman, and soon to be released, Barry Goldman: The Wilderness Years).
Dave is the author of The Complete…

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32: Aaron Starmer (author of Spontaneous)

Danielle Krage interviews writer Aaron Starmer, whose young adult and middle-grade novels you can find on so many best-of-year lists, from Time Magazine to the Wall Street Journal.  
He’s the author of Spontaneous, also adapted into a romantic black …

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31: Isaac Marion (author of Warm Bodies)

Danielle Krage interviews writer and creative, Isaac Marion.
Isaac is the author of the Warm Bodies series. (Warm Bodies became a New York Times Bestseller, inspired a major film, and was translated into 25 languages.)
This conversation about weaving…

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30: Zanandi Botes (comedy-horror for Halloween)

Zanandi Botes, writer and comedy horror expert, is the special guest for this Halloween show. Zanandi and Danielle share 3 picks each, to give you 6 comedy-horror recommendations, just in time for Spooky Season. They span zombies, mockumentary, antho…

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29: Short autumn break and a quick request

Comedy Masterclass will be back on October 25th (with a special Halloween episode!)
In the meantime, I would love it if you could help me share the show, in a way that makes sense for wherever you listen/watch – rate, review, leave a comment. Or shar…

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28: The Blaine Brothers (directing comedy)

Danielle Krage interviews The Blaine Brothers (Chris and Ben) about their work as filmmakers and particularly their approaches to directing comedy.
They directed Sara Pascoe’s ‘Out of Her Mind’ series for BBC2 and Sony TV (through Simon Pegg’s produc…

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27: Lynne Murphy (humour in non-fiction writing)

Danielle Krage interviews Lynne Murphy, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex. Lynne has a fabulous alter-ego as Lynneguist, with an award-winning blog ‘Separated by a Common Language’.
Lynne is also the author of ‘The Prodigal Tongue:…

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26: Adam Courting (improv culture and Shakespeare)

Danielle Krage interviews Adam Courting, a highly curious creative whose experience spans improv, devising, performing Shakespeare and more.
Adam has brilliant insights into improv comedy culture – what needs to change, and what we can learn from it….

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25: Michelle Gallen (winner of the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2023)

Danielle Krage interviews writer Michelle Gallen, whose book ‘Factory Girls’ won the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2023.
Michelle has wonderfully honest and practical takes on the craft and business of writing – from developing the voice and point of v…

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24: Kevin Tomlinson (improv and theatre)

Danielle Krage interviews Kevin Tomlinson, theatre maker and Co-Founder of Kepow Theatre Company.
Kevin’s extensive training and live experience in so many forms of improvisation (including with Keith Johnstone, Philippe Gaulier, and John Wright) le…

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23: Tim Ferguson (writing narrative comedy)

Danielle Krage interviews comedian and screenwriter, Tim Ferguson. They dig into his wonderfully practical book, Cheeky Monkey: Writing Narrative Comedy, to talk about characters, conflict, situation, and simplicity.
Tim has so much comedy experience…

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22: Ian McMillan (poetry and wordplay)

Danielle Krage interviews poet, writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan about how he approaches humour in his work – whether it’s his poetry collections or his beautiful memoir, My Sand Life, My Pebble Life.
It’s a conversation rich with insights and sto…

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21: Holly Hall (from online sketch to live solo show)

Danielle Krage interviews actor, writer and comedian Holly Hall about the process of making her live solo show, ‘You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.’
Holly was first on the show back in episode 3, sharing her process of going from award winning onli…

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20: Ryan North (comic books and graphic novels)

Danielle Krage interviews Ryan North – writer of games, comic books, non-fiction books and more. They dig into considerations for comedy, including Ryan’s experience of writing The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Danger and Other Unknown Risks.
This fun…

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19: Summer Break – Back Aug 2nd

Danielle Krage will be back with regular weekly episodes on Wednesday 2nd August.

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18: Steve Kaplan (The Comic Hero’s Journey)

Danielle Krage interviews comedy expert Steve Kaplan about tools from his most recent book, ‘The Comic Hero’s Journey’.
The conversation covers: ways to create your main character and supporting cast; what to do when your ending isn’t working; and co…

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17: Leslie Lehr (memoir)

Danielle Krage interviews Leslie Lehr (prize-winning author, Novel Consultant for Truby’s Writers Studio, and essayist) about her memoir, A Boob’s Life.
A Boob’s Life has a fascinating structure, interweaving personal narrative with national history,…

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16: Pilar Alessandra (screenwriting fundamentals)

Danielle Krage interviews Pilar Alessandra, who is a Hollywood script consultant, author of the top-selling screenwriting book, The Coffee Break Screenwriter, and host of the On the Page Podcast (now in its 16th year). Pilar is known as one of Los An…

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15: Lucy Lumsden (getting comedy commissioned and produced)

Danielle Krage interviews Lucy Lumsden about commissioning and producing comedy.
Lucy was the first Controller of Comedy Commissioning for the BBC and was then Head of Comedy for Sky for 6 years. She now run Yellow Door Productions, an independent TV…

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14: John Truby (story code and beats)

Danielle Krage interviews John Truby, the founder and director of Truby’s Writers Studio. The conversation is a deep dive into the comedy chapter in John’s most recent book, ‘The Anatomy of Genres’.
John shares so many practical storytelling strategi…

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13: Andrew Kaufman (allegory and absurdity)

Danielle Krage interviews the writer, Andrew Kaufman, whose books include All My Friends Are Superheroes, The Waterproof Bible, and The Ticking Heart.
Andrew’s work is known for being both incredibly funny and incredibly sad, and he shares some beaut…

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12: Zanandi Botes (comedy horror and twisting tropes)

Danielle Krage interviews Zanandi Botes, who has so much fun experience writing for theatre, TV, comics and her own film. She has written articles for cracked.com since 2016, with a particular love for horror comedy as a genre! All this makes for a l…

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11: Juliet & Keith Giglio (co-writing comedy)

Danielle Krage interviews Juliet Giglio and Keith Giglio about their co-writing process. This includes for their delightful rom-com novel, The Summer of Christmas. Plus their next book, The Trouble With Tinsel (out this autumn).
Juliet and Keith also…

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10: Aalex Mandel-Dallal (using your truth)

Danielle Krage interviews comedian Aalex Mandel-Dallal, about the process of creating and developing her solo comedy Edinburgh show. This includes how Aalex works with the audio recording of her ‘lockdown breakdown’ onstage, in a way that gives the a…

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9: Kyle Mazer (musical comedy)

Danielle Krage interviews Kyle Mazer about music, comedy and collaboration. Kyle is a playwright, composer, stand-up comic and web3 creative strategist.
They explore the practical example of his comedic musical, The SS Cancelled – including creating …

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8: Kelly Pantaleoni (comedy characters to Web3)

Danielle Krage interviews Australian actress, filmmaker, and philanthropist Kelly Pantaleoni. They dig into self-generating comedy characters and projects – from developing your own short film in lockdown, to new opportunities in Web3. 
You can find …

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7: Stuart Laws (surreality, satire and stand-up)

Danielle Krage interviews Stuart Laws.  
Stuart is a writer, director, actor and stand-up comedian. He also runs a production company, Turtle Canyon Comedy.
He brings all these sensibilities to his work, and in this interview Danielle asks him about …

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6: Sherice Griffiths (mockumentary and more)

Danielle Krage interviews writer and director Sherice Griffiths about writing and making her short film, a mockumentary featuring a household of assassins, called Killing for a Living. She shares advice for others who may way want to submit to festiv…

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5: John Vorhaus (a comic toolbox)

Danielle Krage interviews John Vorhaus about his fun and practical approach to creating comedy. John is the author of The Comic Toolbox, The Little Book of Sitcom, and more. This masterclass includes tips and tools for: bringing comic characters to l…

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4: Holly Hall (from online sketch to short film)

Danielle Krage interviews actor, writer and comedian Holly Hall about her comedy creation process.
Holly won BBC New Comedy Award’s Digital Comedian of the Year award in 2021, with her sketch ‘When podcasts go wrong.’
And as part of the award Holly r…

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3: Suchandrika Chakrabarti (personal storytelling)

 
Danielle Krage interviews comedian Suchandrika Chakrabarti about her Edinburgh show, ‘I Miss Amy Winehouse’ and her new WIP, ‘Doomscrolling’. With her background in journalism, and expertise in personal essay, Suchandrika has so many insights into …

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