What is it about?

Many women write and create television sketch comedy, historically and in the present day, but this is not often studies or written about. This article discusses the contribution of women to television sketch comedy writing, drawing on examples which include A Black Lady Sketch Show, French and Saunders, Inside Amy Schumer and Wood and Walters.

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Why is it important?

Television sketch comedy is not often analysed by scholars, and especially not the writing of it. The majority of the existing scholarship focuses on white, male comedians. This article offers a unique perspective on television sketch comedy by discussing the contribution of women and their writing methods.


I love television sketch comedy and writing this article was an opportunity to research its origins and read about how the craft of writing sketch comedy has been analysed to date. I hope this article demonstrates the value of comedy as a way of expressing the perspectives of multiple communities and voices.

Stayci Taylor
RMIT University

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This page is a summary of: Battle of the sketches: Short form and feminism in the comedy mode, Journal of Screenwriting, September 2020, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/josc_00039_1.
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