Learn Live: Writing Political Satire and News Inspired Comedy

Three-week course starting -
Speculation; A Comedy, In Five Acts – Title page
Book now
  • Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546
  • Email: boxoffice@bl.uk
  • Full Price: £60.00 Other concessions available

Master the specific techniques used in political satire

Read the course outline (PDF)

Inspired by our exhibition Breaking the News you will encounter TV, radio, stand up, print and internet topical comedy, and learn how to write it yourself. Led by comedy writer, Chris Head, you’ll explore a variety of examples from Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, Private Eye, Mark Thomas, John Oliver, Nish Kumar and Rachel Parris to The Onion, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, and Samantha Bee.

Across the three sessions you will gain a range of tools for producing topical comedy and insights into how to make it work. These include how to express your opinions and attitudes through a comic medium, how to create caricatures of public figures, how to write topical one-liner jokes, and how to write satirical comedy sketches.

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned comedy writer, each week you’ll get the chance to write your own satirical piece based on current news and gain feedback from the tutor and your peers. We’ll explore topical and satirical comedy using a wide range of writing styles, including sketch, stand-up, one-liners and monologues.

This course will run across the following dates:

  • Wednesday 15 June 2022, 17.00 – 18.30
  • Wednesday 22 June 2022, 17.00 – 18.30
  • Wednesday 29 June 2022, 17.00 – 18.30

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be an opportunity to ask tutor, Chris Head, questions throughout and have conversations with your fellow participants in the virtual breakout rooms. If you require live-captioning please email adultlearning@bl.uk as soon as you have booked your ticket.

The British Library is a charity. Your support helps us open up a world of knowledge and inspiration for everyone. Donate today.


Name: Learn Live: Writing Political Satire and News Inspired Comedy
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show Map      How to get to the Library
When: -
Price: Full Price: £60.00
Student: £48.00
Registered Unemployed: £48.00
Disabled: £48.00
Senior (60+): £54.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
Book now