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The Pitch: Inside The Writers’ Room


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In comedy, sometimes it can feel like it’s not about what jokes you know but which jokers you know. Writing for stage, film and TV offers experience, connections and a livelihood to many comedians from emerging through to the more established. What exactly goes on behind the closed doors of the writers’ room, and how do you score an invitation?

At this panel event we’re opening the doors to the room. We’ll hear from comedy writers and producers – including Luke McGregor (Rosehaven, The Weekly), Declan Fay (Ronny Chieng: International Student), Laura Davis (Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell) and host Ange Lavoipierre (Gruen, Question Everything) – working across a range of mediums as they discuss the various roles at play in a typical writers’ room, and share insights into aspects such as editorial censorship, the producer-writer relationship, and how long-form writing for serial television shows differs from daily news satire.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival


Laura Davis

Laura Davis is a stand-up comedian and television host known for her peculiar style – riding the line between charming and challenging. Recently winning awards for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe and Best Independent Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Laura has been earning praise a... Read more

Declan Fay

Declan Fay is an award-winning writer, producer and director who co-created Ronny Chieng: International Student, which has screened on ABC, BBC, Comedy Central and Netflix. Over fifteen years, he has written for Rove, Dirty Laundry Live, Problems, and You’re Skitting Me and Retrograde. He was also... Read more

Luke McGregor

Luke McGregor started his stand up comedy career in Tasmania in 2007 when he entered the raw comedy competition after one of the contestants didn’t show up. In 2008 he was selected as a Raw Comedy national finalist. 2017 has seen Luke return to stand up with sell out seasons of his brand new solo ... Read more

Ange Lavoipierre

Ange Lavoipierre is an award-winning journalist, writer, and comedian. She’s currently touring her new comedy hour I’ve Got 99 Problems And Here Is An Exhaustive List Of Them in Australia and the UK. Outside of live performance, Ange is an unreconstructed ABC journalist of more than decade – m... Read more


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