Female Pilot Club

Female Pilot Club

By Female Pilot Club

The Female Pilot Club is a club to celebrate comedy written by women! Pilot-clubbers Kay Stonham and Emily Chase get women TV writers to spill their secrets, from the new and annoyingly talented, to seasoned and annoyingly successful Emmy award winners. We chat about gags and gaffs, what makes a good script great and how to survive and thrive as a female writer in the comedy industry. Featuring clips from pilots performed live at the club with the cream of British comedy talent like Greg McHugh, Sarah Hadland, Jordan Stephens, Vivienne Acheampong and Robert Webb, and resident actor Emily Chase. Join the club, have a laugh and we hope - help get great comedy on the telly!

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Episodes

Emily Lloyd-Saini (Juice, Motherland and Catastrophe)

In this episode Kay and Emily talk to Emily Lloyd-Saini (Juice, Motherland and Catastrophe) about her dream experience in a writers’ room, how everyone needs a great comedy partner in their life, and how she doesn’t, repeat, doesn’t want her own TV sketch show!#comedy #femalewriter #femalewriting #sitcom #scriptedcomedy #tvcommissioning #femalecomedian Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/02/24·42m 36s

Arabella Weir (The Fast Show, Two Doors Down)

Kay and Emily talk to Arabella Weir (The Fast Show, Two Doors Down) about the highs and lows of life as a female writer/performer in the nineties, how she has her bum to thank for her career, and why she’s more of a bauble than a full blown national treasure. #comedy #femalewriter #femalewriting #sitcom #scriptedcomedy #tvcommissioning #femalecomedian Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/24·54m 13s

Sydney Stevenson (Misfits, Me and Mrs Jones)

Emily and Kay talk to Sydney Stevenson (Misfits, Me and Mrs Jones) about what actors bring to scriptwriting, why she almost gave it all up, and what it’s like to get three scripts into development from one showcase. #comedy #femalewriter #femalewriting #sitcom #scriptedcomedy #tvcommissioning #femalecomedian Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/24·47m 17s

Gina Lyons ( In My Skin, Dreaming Whilst Black)

Kay and Emily talk to independent producer Gina Lyons ( In My Skin, Dreaming Whilst Black) and find out what a comedy producer actually does, why everyone needs a side hustle and why it’s good to be a ‘Gobby Girl.’ #comedy #femalecomedy #sitcom #comedywriting #tvwriting #funnywomen Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/01/24·46m 37s

Nikki Patel (Coronation Street, Call the Midwife)

Kay and Emily talk to actor and writer Nikki Patel (Coronation Street, Call the Midwife). about how her first script, The Patels, was chosen out of 340 submitted for he UKTV Female Pilot Club female writers' initiative, how she wants to see greater and more complex representations of her South Asian community on British TV, and how she'd like everything to be peace love and rainbows...#comedy #sitcom #femalewriter #writing #tv #tvcommissioning #tvpilot #comedywriting Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/12/23·41m 47s

Leigh Douglas (You’re Alright Hun, Sacrament)

In this episode actor, writer & stand up comedian Leigh Douglas (You’re Alright Hun, Sacrament) talks about her experiences on the UKTV/FPC Script Initiative, gives useful tips on writing queer characters and spills the tea on her very own I Tonya moment in the world of Irish dancing. #writing #jokewriting #britishcomedy #tvcommissioning #comedypilot #comedian #comedywriting #femalewriter #femalecomedian #womenwriting #funnywomen #funnywomen #tvcomedy #comedyfilm #standup #humour Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/23·43m 53s

Abigail Burdess (Tracy Ullman's Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look)

In this special episode Kay and Emily welcome back writer-performer extraordinaire and co-founder of the Female Pilot Club Abigail Burdess! Abbie gives tips on gag writing, spare husbands and explains how she embraced her inner thriller writer to pen her exciting debut novel Mother's Day!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/03/23·40m 56s

Sioned Wiliam (Former commissioning editor of comedy for ITV and Radio 4)

In a Female Pilot Club first Kay and Emily talk to former controller of comedy for ITV, and ex - commissioning editor of comedy for Radio 4. Sioned, who is also a producer and writer, gives us the hot sauce on how the commissioning process actually works. So writers looking to get their first script commissioned, this episode is for you!!Thanks to our series 2 sponsor BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Learn more at https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/23·54m 10s

Ruby Carr (Funny Women Comedy Writing Award Winner, 2022)

Ruby was also named a Funny Women “One to Watch’ in 2021, and her pilot made the top ten for the 2021 "Voices of the Future" Scheme. In this episode Kay and Emily find out why Ruby doesn’t like magicians and get her hot take on how to handle hecklers.Thanks to our series 2 sponsor BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Learn more at https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/12/22·36m 43s

Zara Janjua (BBC Comedy Writers Room 2020 and Woman of the future Finalist 2020)

Zara Janjua is a successful multi-hyphen TV professional. As well as her work as a comedy writer, presenter, film-maker, actor, course facilitator, journalist and event host she was named one of the Top 40 Digital Women in the UK and shortlisted for 'Digital Women For Good' and 'Freelancer of The Year' Award. Her ultimate goal is to become a successful novelist.   In this episode Kay and Emily find out about Zara's mission to improve Equity and Diversity in the TV industry, also her attempt to climb Kilimanjaro and they try to guess which one was harder!Thanks to our series 2 sponsor BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Learn more at https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/12/22·50m 45s

Samantha Lyden and Teresa Burns (Funny Women Award Winners 2019)

Samantah Lyden and Teresa Burns (Funny Women Award Winners 2019)In this episode Kay and Emily try to decide who's more working class, find out about Carmelite nuns and reveal their worst side hustles, all while being firmly outclassed by the funny and talented writing partnership, Lyden and Burns who talk about why we should see more working class comedy on our screens and why two is better than one when it comes to writing comedy.Thanks to our series 2 sponsor BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Learn more at https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/11/22·42m 46s

Athena Kugblenu (Athena's Cancel Culture)

In this episode Athena Kugblenu, stand-up comedian, comedy writer, and journalist shares invaluable tips about sit-com structure, bike-riding and how she survives and thrives in that ultimate ordeal - the writers room.Thanks to our series 2 sponsor BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Learn more at https://www.bluecatscreenplay.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/11/22·45m 18s

Kerry Howard (Jack Absolute Flies Again)

In the first episode of series 2, the clubbers meet actor, writer and all round comedy queen Kerry Howard!! We ask her about her new project with Sky, how she fits it all in whilst still looking so fit, and how putting it out to the universe got her a top gig at the National Theatre.Thanks to our series 2 sponsor BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Learn more at https://www.bluecatscreenplay.comThanks as well to our episode sponsor WriterDuet! Learn more at https://www.writerduet.com/pilot Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/22·46m 48s

Lorna Woolfson (Have I Got News for You, BAFTA Rockliffe Finalist)

This week Kay and Abby meet comedy writer and podcaster Lorna Woolffson to talk about historical sit-com and women, do jokes have structure or are they eggs laid in the brains of male comedians by giant lizards, and why everyone loves a good Piss. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/07/22·41m 22s

Pip Swallow (Great Expectations)

The clubbers ask where all the new British political satire is at, how gross is too gross if you're the proud possessor of a lumpy jumper, and can women be surreal even without both eyes on the same side of their face. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/22·38m 42s

Rachel Clarke (Bad Things)

In this episode Abbie and Kay find out how new writer Rachel Clarke, winner of All3 Media Best Drama New Voices Award, Screenwriting Network Award, and Channel 4 Mentorship Scheme, became so good so fast! They also chat about what makes a good double act, the perennial appeal of comedy crime capers and why sex in sit-com should always be truly terrible. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/02/22·45m 9s

Julie Bower (So Awkward)

Kay and Abbie talk romcom and kids’ comedy with writer Julie Bower. Find out about the clubbers favourite comic obstacles to romance, what’s worse than swearing in a script for kids’ TV and which creator of a legendary comic character is nominated for the club! Featuring clips from “Death’s Ex”, showcasing the voice talents of Jordan Stephens, Maddie Rice, Tom Britney and Joe Johnsey. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/22·51m 51s

Janice Hallett (Two Ladies, The Appeal, The Twyford Code)

This week Pilot Clubbers Kay and Abbie talk comedy, crime and what to do if your writing or career has hit a wall with Janice Hallett. Janice's first novel “The Appeal” and was Sunday Times Crime book of the Year and her recently published second, “The Twyford Code” was featured in the latest Guardian round-up of best new crime fiction. Featuring clips from “Two Ladies” with Tracy-Ann Oberman, Arabella Weir, Amer Chadha Patel, Robert Webb, Anna Crilly and Dan Mersh and resident actor Emily Chase. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/22·45m 5s

Georgia Pritchett (Succession, The Shrink Next Door)

Female Pilot Clubbers Kay Stonham and Abigail Burdess talk with Georgia Pritchett about the club production of her script Bump, her experiences on Veep and Succession and why until recently four breasts were never allowed in the same TV comedy writers room. Featuring the voices of Greg McHugh, Louise Brealey, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Elena Saurel and Elizabeth Guterbock. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/01/22·55m 20s

Female Pilot Club - Trailer

The Female Pilot Club is a club to celebrate comedy written by women! Pilot-clubbers Kay Stonham and Abigail Burdess get women TV writers to spill their secrets, from the new and annoyingly talented, to seasoned and annoyingly successful Emmy award winners. We chat about gags and gaffs, what makes a good script great and how to survive and thrive as a female writer in the comedy industry. Featuring clips from pilots performed live at the club with the cream of British comedy talent like Greg McHugh, Sarah Hadland, Jordan Stephens, Vivienne Acheampong and Robert Webb, and resident actor Emily Chase. Join the club, have a laugh and we hope - help get great comedy on the telly! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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