15 May, 2006

Comedy Lab 2006

"Have you got a comedy idea you’d like to see on TV? Channel 4’s Entertainment Department is looking for submissions for the 10th series of Comedy Lab, which will be broadcast in Autumn/Winter 2007.

What it is: A late night comedy slot on Channel 4 to provide a showcase for new writers and performers. Comedy Lab takes an original approach to traditional comedy and features experimental pieces that don't fit any of the established entertainment strands. Channel 4 is now looking for submissions for the next series to be broadcast in Autumn/Winter 2007. Ideally, projects will be submitted via a production company – but if you don't have the necessary contacts feel free to submit direct to Channel 4. You'll need a full script and whatever supportive material you can compile – such as artwork, show-reels, cast suggestions and sample content on VHS/DVD.

What you get: The chance to showcase your comic talents to millions of people on national television.

Then what? Having shown your talent to the nation, there's no stopping you. The Comedy Lab has launched the careers of performers including Dom Joly, Peter Kay, and Jimmy Carr with series such as Trigger Happy TV, Phoenix Nights, Los Dos Bros and The Last Chancers. As Jimmy Carr says: "The Comedy Lab is godsend for comedians who would never otherwise have a half-hour slot on television. Dom Joly, Peter Kay and myself all owe a lot to the fact that it nurtured our talent at an early stage."

Deadline: Friday 1st September 2006.

Please submit your ideas to:
Comedy Lab, c/o Shane Allen, Comedy Department, Channel Four, 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX.

For details about this year’s Comedy Lab go to: www.channel4.com/comedylab

"Thank the Baby Jesus for Channel 4's Comedy Lab, the only real showcase for original comedy on terrestrial television." – The Observer."

Last year's pilots aired last week and if you missed them then keep an eye out for repeats on E4. Good luck!

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