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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


  2. 02

    Writing Comedy for Television course introduction


  3. 03



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  5. 05

    Finding your voice


  6. 06



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  8. 08

    Pilot structure


  9. 09

    Episode structure


  10. 10

    Scenes and dialogue


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  19. 19

    Sofi Selig interview


  20. 20

    The writers' room


  21. 21



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