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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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2: Chris Head (comedy tools and frameworks)

Danielle Krage interviews comedy expert, Chris Head. Chris shares so many practical ways of creating comedy characters and worlds, and helps us to see these tools at work in examples from sitcoms and comedy dramas.
You can find more about Chris Head …

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Comedy Masterclass, coming to you soon!

Hey comedy friends. Here’s what I’ve been cooking up for you. If you love comedy – breaking it down, and building it back up – you’re going to want to subscribe now and get the first episode, where I interview a truly fascinating comedy expert, and g…

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