Funny money

C4's £20,000 writing contest

Channel 4 is to launch a £20,000 hunt for new comedy writers next month.

The broadcaster will hold an open competition for aspiring writers, with a one-year contract to write for a range of shows up for grabs.

Once the contest is launched, entrants will have to submit a three-minute topical monologue for a Channel 4 show of their choice, as well as three short non-topical sketches.

The best 20 entrants will go forward to a panel of commissioning editors and celebrity comedians who will choose the ultimate winner, whose name will be announced at the Edinburgh Television Festival in August.

Channel 4’s head of comedy, Caroline Leddy said: 'It’s a hell of an opportunity for a new writer and a brilliant chance to get our hands on someone great before anyone else does.'

The contest comes after the channel dropped its sponsorship of the So You Think You're Funny? hunt for new stand-ups.

It will launch in mid-May with on-air promotions, press adverts and flyers in comedy clubs across Britain.


Published: 21 Apr 2005

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