BBC Three and the newly-announced BBC Comedy Association are to launch Laugh Lessons, an opportunity for indies to pitch short sketch ideas from new and upcoming comedy talent.

Up to 20 sketches will be commissioned that will be hosted on BBC iPlayer and promoted via BBC Three social.

Following a selection process, four companies will be commissioned to produce up to five three-minute comedy sketches each.

The initiative is aimed at finding diverse and underrepresented comedy voices, with an emphasis on finding new onscreen and behind the camera talent from across the whole of the UK. The ideas should be individual, closed sketches “clearly from a young person’s perspective” and address themes that are “relevant to the lives of 16-24 year olds”. Topics could include areas such as climate change, love and dating, politics, health, sexuality and sexual identity, living situations, friendship, holidays, family, school, university, jobs and money.

Submissions will be accepted from the 18 December to 22 January 2021.

The full brief is here:

Jon Creamer

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