2018 CONFERENCE

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Al Murray

‘The alter-ego’s alter-ego’. Al, in some quarters better known as The Pub Landlord is one of the UK’s best known and most successful comedy acts. He’ll be joining us to discuss his career and his perspective on the comedy world.

Neil Innes

With a career as broad as it is long, we’re delighted to welcome Neil Innes to the Craft of Comedy stage - both as part of the conference as the Festival Fringe. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Monty Python, The Rutles, Innes Book of Records, TISWAS, The Idiot Bastard Band - Neil was in, associated or creator of all these. He’s a musical comedy genius and we’re delighted he can join us, this year.

Marcus Brigstocke

Stand-up, writer, satirist and most recently,  musical comedy star. Marcus is a well known face on TV and distinctive voice on radio. This will be a return appearance at the conference and will also include an opportunity to see him perform as part of the Festival Fringe.

Rachel Parris

Actor, writer and improviser. Guest Comedy Store Player and co-host of topical comedy hit, The Mash Report

Saskia Schuster

Commissioning Editor, Comedy ITV

Iain Coyle

Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV

Laura Riseam

Commissioning Executive, Comedy, Channel 4

Mark Watson

One of a very few UK comedy writers who can claim success both as a stand-up comedian and an accomplished novelist. Mark was part of Cambridge Footlights and is a well known panel show contestant and touring comedian. He has taken part in a number of long and/or unusual shows at Edinburgh.

Sioned Wiliam

The Commissioning Editor for comedy at BBC Radio 4 will make a welcome return visit to the event. Sioned has a significant background in writing, performing, producing and commissioning comedy for UK broadcasters.

Rhian Roberts

The new Commissioning Editor for Digital, Radio 4, 4 Extra and Radio 3. With her team, she’s responsible for the websites, podcasts, social media and various other platforms where the stations share content. Previously a journalist, reporter and programme editor, Rhian’s made shows for many BBC stations and was part of the launch team for Radio 5 live.

Elen Rhys

Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment, S4C

Cast of Dead Ringers

BBC Radio 4’s mammoth hit comes to Llandudno for the first time as part of the Festival Fringe.  On Friday morning we’ll talk to the cast and writers about how they keep the mighty satirical machine moving. There might be impressions.

David Quantick

Emmy award-winning comedy writer and journalist who will write for food.

Lucy Lumsden

Founder, Yellow Door Productions. Former Head of Comedy at Sky and BBC

The Death of Stalin: Ian Martin & David Schneider

We’re very pleased to be showing one of the comedy highlights of 2017 in the company of two of its writers.  The film chronicled  the comical power struggles of the Soviet, following the death of Stalin (hence the title) and received near universal acclaim.

Dave Cohen

Comedy writer: HIGNFY, Not Going Out, Horrible Histories. Chair of Comedy Committee at Writers Guild of Great Britain. Co-founder The Sitcom Geeks podcast

James Cary

Writer: Miranda, Bluestone 42, Concrete Cow, Milton Jones. Co-founder The Sitcom Geeks podcast.

Jonn Elledge

Journalist, The New Statesman

Steve Doherty

Comedy Producer. Owner, Giddy Goat Productions. Artistic Director, Craft of Comedy UK

Jon Rolph

TV Executive Producer

Dirk Maggs

Audio producer, director and writer. Keeper of the keys to the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

Geoff McGivern

Keeper of the keys to Ford Prefect.

Gail Renard

Chair, The Writers Guild of Great Britain

Sarah Morgan

Writer: Not Going Out, Tracey Ullman, Horrible Histories, The Now Show, Mitchell and Webb

Alison Vernon-Smith

Comedy producer

Jon Holmes

Comedian, writer and highly professional presenter

Steve Bennett

Comedy critic. Founder and owner of comedy site, Chortle.co.uk

BBC Writers Room

The team will be in attendance to discuss their work on the part of the Corporation. These sessions were very warmly received by delegates, last year.

Rab Christie

Executive Producer, The Comedy Unit

Paul Forde

Comedy commissioner, BBC Wales

Tudur Owen

Comedian and writer, The Tourist Trap

Keri Collins

Director, The Tourist Trap

Harry Venning

Cartoonist and comedy writer. Clare In The Community

Script Angel

Long time collaborators with Craft of Comedy - a number of delegates will be drawn at random to submit written material for analysis and feedback from this highly professional script editing  team. Full details for entry to the draw will be given to ticket-holders nearer the time

Hayley McKenzie

Founder, Script Angel – writing and creative consultants

Kay Stonham

Writer and academic.

Ged Parsons

Writer: Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks

SMERSHpod

A special live recording of the popular culture podcast

Jason Hazeley  

One half of the team that brought you The Ladybird Books for Grown Ups series, Philomena Cunk and most recently, Radio 4 hit Angstrom.

Joel Morris

The other half of the team that brought you The Ladybird Books for Grown Ups series, Philomena Cunk and most recently, Radio 4 hit Angstrom.

Sian Harries

As an experienced narrative and sketch writer and script editor, Sian’s credits include The Now Show, Dilemma, co-writer on the Channel 4 Greg Davies sitcom Man Down, Rhod Gilbert’s Back to Llanbobl and Sony Award winning radio show Here Be Dragons.

Barry Castagnola

Writer, producer, comedian and actor

Kat Sadler

Comedy writer. Co-founder, Succubus

Sara Gibbs

Comedy writer. Co-founder, Succubus

Neil Forsyth

Comedy Writer. Eric, Ernie and me

Tim Telling

Lead writer, The Mash Report and The Daily Mash

Chris Stott

Executive producer, The Mash Report

Kate Haldane

Agent: PBJ Management

Lyndsay Fenner

Producer, BBC Studios Radio Comedy

Pauline McGowan

Marketing consultant: The Nursery

Kate Benson

Marketing consultant:  The Nursery

Daniel Page

Comedy writer

Ed Morrish

Freelance comedy producer, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. Independent producer of the year.

Simon Mayhew-Archer

Producer, This Country

Tom George

Director, The Country

The Comedy Crowd

Online writing partnership: Jon Jayson, Peter Wright and Omar Nassar

James Hendrie

Writer, My Family; co-head writer, After You’ve Gone

Ian Brown

Head Writer, My Family; co-head writer, After You’ve Gone

Laurence Howarth

Writer and comedian. Script Editor, Dead Ringers

Gareth Gwynn

Writer, comedian and presenter, BBC Radio Wales.

Steve Lanham

Podcast promotion specialist

Lynda Davies

Digital comedy lead at BBC Radio 4 digital. Until recently, digital commissioner at BBC Radio 1

John Rain

Comedy writer and host, SMERSHpod