EP94 – Mark Talbot – Head of Comedy Development | Hat Trick Productions

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EP94 – Mark Talbot – Head of Comedy Development | Hat Trick Productions


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About Mark Talbot…

Mark Talbot is the Head of Comedy Development at Hat Trick Productions. Hat Trick was one of the original TV development indie’s back in the late 80s and 1990s and has produced amazing shows including The Armstrong and Miller Show, The Kumars at No. 42, Father Ted, Game On, Fonejacker and more.

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The Head of Comedy Development at Hat Trick

  • You’ve gone from a runner to the head of comedy, do you think this path is still the best way of progressing?  [0 mins]
    • Do you think it’s ever too late to start?
  • Can you explain these TV terms / jobs and why they’re different… [1 mins]
    • Producer.
    • Executive producer.
    • Creator
  • Do you think the TV industry is geared towards younger stand ups? [3 mins]
  • Does having more channels to put stuff on give you more chance of your idea being made? [7 mins]
  • What makes a TV production company an indie? [10 mins]
  • How do quotas impact your choices? [11 mins]
  • Are you getting more scripts from underrepresented writers? [14mins]
  • How much interaction do they have with OFCOM? [24 mins]
  • The ideal vs the reality of getting a show made. [28 mins]
  • Do you expect less viewers on shows? [51 mins]
  • Is social media a good thing for TV? [49 mins]
  • Should writers send in unsolicited scripts? [14 mins]

Sabotage comedy night…

  • You run a comedy night called Sabotage, do you find that’s a good way of scouting for new talent? [40 mins]
  • Do you think there’s a reason there’s not a strong link between live and TV? [53 mins]
  • What’s your booking policy for the night?
  • There’s a lot more live performers than when you started the night in 2000, does this make it harder or easier to acts?
  • How do you find juggling writing comedy shows and a day job developing TV?

Everything else…

  • What are the biggest mistakes writers make when sending in scripts? [1 hour 2mins]
  • What are the common misconceptions people have about what you do? [ 1 hour 4 mins]
  • What is the most interesting thing you do that nobody else ever seens?
  • Who do you think is the most underrated person in your industry? [1 hour 6 mins]
  • If you could give yourself one bit of advice to yourself before you started out in the industry, what would it be? [1 hour 7 mins]
  • What do you think is the biggest problem in the comedy industry and how would you go about solving it? [1 hour 5 mins]







Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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