Andy Riley reopens his mentor scheme for comedy writers of colour | Four places on offer

Andy Riley reopens his mentor scheme for comedy writers of colour

Four places on offer

Comedy writer Andy Riley has launched his annual mentoring scheme for   people of colour who are new or newish to his profession.

He says: ‘The comedy writing business doesn’t yet represent the ethnic make-up of the UK… This scheme is a small effort to move things along a bit.’

 Riley will be joined by fellow writers Sarah Morgan, Tim Reid and The Dawson Brothers in offering help to those accepted this year.

He told Chortle: ‘There are four places this time and we helped the last intake quite a lot, helping them to bag script commissions and for one of them a three-month job on Avenue 5’

Those who have been given mentoring previously include stand-up and Taskmaster contestant Sophie Duker, pictured.

This year, production company Objective Media is also giving all the writers being mentored the option to write a treatment for a new comedy show, for which they will be paid £750 for.

Riley’s credits include Veep, ear of the Rabbit, Black Books, Gnomeo and Juliet, Radio 4 panel game The 99p Challenge and a long list of other TV shows.

Visit his website for more details of the scheme.

Published: 19 May 2022

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