While the 7 on 7 details were on the Deadlines Calendar opposite within minutes of it being announced ages ago, I've only just got round to reading the interview which is brilliant. Whether you're going for the opportunity or not, I think it's worth a read.
"I've been writing comedy for ten, eleven years now. And I think I've probably only found a definite voice the latter half of that.
Whether you like or hate the stuff that I do, I'd like to think now that no one else could have written it. Whereas the first two or three years I think I spent just writing all my influences out till I found my own voice. To the extent that I actually wholesale nicked a sketch. I didn't know I'd done it until afterwards. I used to write for a sketch show called Chewing The Fat, and one of the sketches I wrote was called something like "Photocopying my arse with". "And today I'll be photocopying my arse with blah de blah de blah". And it was a full five years afterwards I was watching reruns of Fry and Laurie, and there was the sketch. It lodged in my brain and I somehow fooled myself into thinking oh that's my idea. It wasn't at all. It was Fry and Laurie.
It just shows that the first few years you do, you probably are just expending what's in your head already. I'm assuming everyone here is a comedy fan and probably have a style of comedy they like and you'll subconsciously ape it for ages before you get it out your system.
In a lot of ways your writing is just a reflection of who you are and what you like. I still find in my writing strong elements of Armando Iannucci, and Morecambe and Wise, and The Two Ronnies, and Kenny Everett, and the Young Ones. They'll all be there in small doses. A lot of Victoria Wood. If you can spread the influences so that no one can see them, then that's quite a good trick. And then try and add a bit of your own."