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Writing Comedy for Television

Bill Lawrence

Writing Comedy for Television

Write feel-good comedy with the showrunner and writer behind Scrubs, Ted Lasso and Shrinking.

This course includes:

21 lessons

4.5 hours

24 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Bill as he welcomes you to the best job in the world. No joke – this course will equip you with everything you need to write your comedy and make it in the industry.

  • Write comedy with heart
  • Hone your pitch and sell your show
  • Go to 'character camp'
  • Learn about collaboration and rewrites
  • Plot out your pilot
  • Get your foot in the door of Hollywood

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Bill is an industry giant. Writing for prime-time gold in the 90s (Friends sound familiar?), he went on to create the legendary long-running, Emmy-winning show Scrubs, and co-create Ted Lasso, the global hit that won two Golden Globes and became Apple TV’s all-time most-streamed show.

Drawing on his experience showrunning and in the writing room, Bill will help you create shows that seamlessly blend humour and heart, hit the zeitgeist, and are universally beloved for generations to come.

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Lesson plan (21)

  1. 01

    Bill's introduction

    06:36

  2. 02

    Writing Comedy for Television course introduction

    07:45

  3. 03

    Inspiration

    22:15

  4. 04

    Ideas

    13:45

  5. 05

    Finding your voice

    18:23

  6. 06

    Characters

    11:07

  7. 07

    Structure

    18:27

  8. 08

    Pilot structure

    13:46

  9. 09

    Episode structure

    03:46

  10. 10

    Scenes and dialogue

    11:31

  11. 11

    Rewriting

    12:20

  12. 12

    Storylines

    09:42

  13. 13

    Pitching

    16:24

  14. 14

    Actors

    20:39

  15. 15

    Showrunning

    10:17

  16. 16

    Portfolio

    10:27

  17. 17

    Representation

    10:56

  18. 18

    Industry

    05:50

  19. 19

    Sofi Selig interview

    26:43

  20. 20

    The writers' room

    25:03

  21. 21

    Conclusion

    05:08

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