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18Sep/130

Kirrin Island Podcast – Episode 5 – Writing Credit

Hey, it was finally released!

I got a writing credit on episode 5 of the Kirrin Island podcast.

I got a sketch on (although heavily rewritten), on the 111 Helpline alternative. Fun, eh? Well, you be the judge.

Anyway, download the podcast and view my writing credit here.

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24Apr/130

Writing Credit: Kirrin Island Episode 4

Remember this writing update from a while ago?

No? I can wait until you've read it.

Up to speed?

Good.

Well, good news! In the event that you couldn't guess from the title of this post, I had a one liner accepted by Kirrin Island.

So check out the credits and then download the podcast.

Don't forget to keep checking back to see if I have posted any updates on my other writing endeavours.

See you soon!

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3Apr/130

An Update On My Recent Writing

Hello there, unsuspecting victim. I mean, valued blog hit.

It's been a fair old busy time as of late in the fiction department. (That's what I call my bedroom when there are no ladies in it.) And I thought that I'd give you a little list of all the different shows that I have submitted to recently and a little update about each one.

Newsjack

In February and March, I've submitted to all 6 episodes of the 8th series of BBC Radio 4 Extra's Topical Sketch Show. And this series I've had my highest hit rate to date. In series 8, my material was recorded in 50% of the episodes (S08E2, S08E3 and S08E6) and ended up making the final broadcast in 2 of those instances (S08E2 and S08E6).

Here is a breakdown of my submission record for each series:

Series 8 (br. 14th Feb - 21st Mar 2013), 6 episodes: 2 - 1 - 3.

Series 7 (br. 20th Sep - 25th Oct 2012), 6 episodes: 1 - 0 - 5.

Series 6 (br. 23rd Feb - 29th Mar 2012), 6 episodes: 1 - 0 - 5.

Series 5 (br. 15th Sep - 20th Oct 2011), 6 episodes: 0 - 1 - 5.

Series 4 (br. 10th Feb - 17th Mar 2011), 6 episodes: 0 - 0 - 6.

Series 3 (br. 17th Jun - 22nd Jul 2010), 6 episodes: 0 - 0 - 6.

Total record:

Series 3 to series 8 (2010 - 2013), 36 episodes: 4 - 2 - 30.

(Key: Broadcast Credit - cut for time email - nothing used.)

The Show What You Wrote

At the end of March the deadline for another BBC Radio open door sketch show closed. The show will have 5 episodes each around a different theme. Originally it had a deadline of the start of March and I managed to submit 9 sketches in total and several one liners for each show. I wrote 6 sketches on my own and co-wrote three with my friend Cat Furniss. I haven't heard back from them yet (if at all) but then it is only a few days past the extended deadline.

4am Cab

This is a non topical dark comic podcast that I submitted a couple of sketches to an episode last year, but they didn't get on. (I got some nice feedback off one of the writers, though). This time out, the submision schedule changed and instead of soliciting material for each episode, it was required before the start of series 2. Because I had so much other stuff to do, I only managed to write one sketch to submit (though it did consist of 4 parts). I'm hoping that when I write anything else vaguely 4am Cab-ish that I'll be able to pop in on a pile and have a healthy stack of them to submit to series 3 (Or in the event that they open the submission door in this series.)

Live from Kirrin Island

This is a semi topical podcast that does occassional episodes throughout the year. I actually got a credit on an episode, but my stuff was cut out before the podcast was finalised. I only started working on this after Newsjack had finished, but with the deadline being 10 days after the last episode of Newsjack, I was able to write a few one liners for it and a sketch.

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5Sep/120

My Second Radio Writing Credit

That's right, kids. I've been writing again.

There is a podcast called Live From Kirrin Island that is put together by some people over on the British Comedy Guide (BCG) Forums.

I believe that is was setup as an independent (i.e. Not BBC) way to get more topical comedy on the air. The only other real regular outlet that has an open door policy is BBC's Newsjack.

You can find the episode page, my credit and download link here and I even get an on air writing credit, not just my name listed on the website (which is what happened with the Newsjack credit I got back in March). Hearing my name read out on the show (on the podcast, but it was also broadcast on Brooklands Radio) is kinda cool, even if it is my alias, "Matt Fisher." Two credits into my career and I'm already using pseudonyms. Obviously to protect me from the adoring hordes who would swamp me and prevent me from doing any extra work.

Exciting stuff, no?

Well, if it can get any more exciting, you'll have listened to the podcast and you'll be wondering which bit is mine to get me my credit. The answer will surprise you.

None of the jokes that made it to the final version were mine.

Yep, that's right. I managed to get a writing credit without writing anything.

It appears that's the case, but it isn't exactly true. I wrote quite a few one liners for the show. One of them was recorded during the show (at the time the credits were also recorded), but it was cut in the final edit before the show was broadcast and podcasted.

But which joke was recorded, but cut for time? Well, it was this one:

I don't see why a woman was arrested over a racist bus rant. If you're going to allow a racist bus, you have to understand that people are going to get upset about it.

You can find the full explanation, from the show's producer, here.

But that's not all! In an effort to find out what was going on, I found out via Twitter that another one of my jokes caused an argument behind the scenes. It was an argument that my joke clearly lost. But I'm nothing if not divisive. And what was that joke?

I'm so excited to hear that councils are selling off the best homes to reinvest in more new builds, I've got a semi.

Tee hee. Knob gag.

If I can keep my eye on the BCG website, next time I might even try and submit a topical sketch rather than just sticking to one liners.

With the next series Newsjack coming up, it proves I'm not completely out of joke writing shape. Even if they didn't make the final cut.

If you fancy a go at this radio writing lark, then head over to BCG website's forum and the Newsjack page and keep your eye open for the next set of opportunities.

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