Comedy Writing Masterclass – Euroscript Workshop with Paul Bassett Davies

Due to COVID-19, our courses are currently suspended until further notice. Details of resumption of the vocational training programme will be communicated in due course. In the meantime, take a look at our new new online bitesize vocational training programme.

What will I learn?

This one-day workshop with veteran comedy writer and producer Paul Bassett Davies is a master-class that covers everything from writing basic gags and one-liners to sitcom, comedy-drama series, feature films, and writing comedy for digital platforms. It’s a unique opportunity to learn and practice the craft of writing comedy.

You will learn:

  • Joke formats and how they work.
  • Writing funny dialogue.
  • How to write short sketches, including topical sketches.
  • The secrets of developing timeless, classic comedy characters.
  • The craft of sitcom and the secrets of success in this distinctive genre.
  • Plot and structure for ALL longer form comedy, whether sitcom, dramedy or feature film.
  • How to write a killer opening scene, that grabs your audience, and how to keep them hooked.
  • How to be clear about genre, goals and your audience.
  • Who is it for?

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a writer who wants to develop your comedy skills, the series of practical exercises in this workshop give you a tool-kit to make your material funnier in any format or medium you’re writing for, be it film, TV, radio, theatre, stand-up, YouTube or Twitter.


Paul Bassett Davies is a highly experienced writer, director and actor.  He founded the Crystal Theatre, whose pioneering multimedia work was acclaimed in Britain and Europe.  He created a series of one-man shows, two of which were Perrier Award finalists at the Edinburgh Festival, and others that were innovative theatrical experiences. Radio and television credits include: Smith and Jones, Rory Bremner, Spitting Image, Jasper Carrot and many more. He’s had his own sitcom on BBC R4, a series with Jeremy Hardy, and he produced Sony Award winning BBC radio series Do Go On, which he wrote with Griff Rhys Jones and Graeme Garden.  He wrote the screenplay for The Magic Roundabout feature film, and several short films.

Email Paul for more information.


Prospect House,
8 Leake St,
London SE1 7NN