NewsBiscuit was launched by John O’Farrell in September 2006 with the noble aims of eradicating global poverty, creating a lasting peace in the Middle East and providing a daily dose of humour to bored people at work. And in many respects we have already achieved so much more.
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NewsBiscuit encourages outside contributors to submit stories and one-liners to its Writers’ Room, a form of wiki comedy writing that draws on the best principles of both David Cameron’s Big Society and outsourcing to Far East sweatshops.
Indeed, some of NewsBiscuit’s contributors – thanks to talent and a willingness to work for peanuts – have even gone on to receive credits on prime-time TV and radio shows. Many are now published penniless authors in their own right.
So, if you are looking for an opportunity to spend less time with your loved ones, or just want another way to waste your time in the office, then why not try writing for NewsBiscuit? Just register with the site, visit the Writers’ Room and start sharing your funnies.
Finally, if you are a hedge-fund manager or simply a kind-hearted person with a soft spot for topical silliness, then you can support NewsBiscuit in a variety of ways, including just spreading the word to your friends. This a free site - but if you are a drug lord needing to launder money through a satirical news site, please get in touch.
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A person too cool for us
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'We exist to help new writers. Yup, that's it. Oh, if we're funny, that's a bonus.' (Wrenfoe)
“I started submitting stuff to the newsbiscuit writers’ room because having your jokes die horribly on the internet is much better than having it happen at a comedy club’s try-out night, where you can see everyone not laughing.
Then something cool happened. As I ploughed away, wondering if a wacky user name might make me sound funnier, complete strangers started leaving me stars, and even better, started chipping in (helpfully…) with ways to make the stories funnier. Then some of the ideas started working, and I learned that honest accounts of personal awkwardness and humiliation could get laughs if you pretended they were made up.
With help from the credits I had from newsbiscuit, i was able to get some jokes on BBC radio (the chat room’s a great spot to pick up on opportunities) and I got the chance to pitch in at a real life writers’ room for radio 4’s the now show. I even have an email from the BBC asking how to pronounce my surname for the credits. For a few minutes I sat and wondered if pronouncing it dor-ran made me sound more showbiz… at some point, I also realised that I’d written more than 40,000 words of ticker jokes and longer subs — half a book! So I sat down with a fresh word document, and a bit of confidence that I could churn out enough pages, to have a proper go at writing a full-blown romantic comedy novel. While the laptop’s cursor flashed blankly at me, I wondered for a few minutes whether changing my surname to d’oran would make me sound more authorly…” neal doran (@nealdoran)
Stop picking your nose
Don't be like Iain Duncan Smith.
Scream into the void
Are you middle-aged, angry and confused?
Then become an editor at The Daily Mail or The Guardian
Maz’s debut children’s novel who let the gods out was published by chicken house in February 2017 and was selected as the Waterstone’s children’s book of the month. It entered the bestseller charts on its first week on sale, has sold to 17 countries worldwide and has received 20 award nominations, including the Carnegie medal, Branford Boase, books are my bag and Waterstone’s children’s book of the year. Maz is much in demand as a comedy book and lyrics writer for the stage. Her original musical h. R. Haitch, with composer Luke Bateman, is being produced by iris theatre at the union theatre, London in 2018. She has previously had shows produced at the actors’ church Covent Garden, Southend palace theatre and Bryanston arts centre. Her cabaret songs are regularly performed in the west end and beyond.as a songwriter, Maz has won the iris theatre work in process songwriting award three years in succession (with composer Luke Bateman). As a scriptwriter, she won thescriptwriter.co.uk scriptwriting competition and a place in Philip Shelley’s advanced mentoring lab at the London screenwriters’ festival. She was also shortlisted for the bafta Rocliffe new writing forum and the Scriptangel contest. As an author, she has won the hearts of thousands of children and as a nuclear physicist, she has been completely rubbish. Maz Evans (@maryaliceevans)
“I always used to write little short stories or ideas and had sent away to private eye and the onion but they don’t really accept submission so when newsbiscuit came along and it gave me an outlet to see if what I thought was funny was funny. I got a few front pages and headlines and the pride in someone thinking that your idea was the funniest of the day and posting a full article of it was fantastic. After a while I had a few front pages and NewsBiscuit ’s editor said I should try writing for some of the BBC radio comedy shows that accept submissions like recorded for training purposes, look away now and Newsjack. Hearing people laugh to something you’ve written read out on the radio is a wonderful feeling. From that it gave me confidence that the story writing I had been doing might be good enough for submission so I started to concentrate on my novel which got picked up and released. I still submit now and again when I have a good idea that think would work on NewsBiscuit. What i think newsbiscuit taught me is how to hone an idea, how to get better at writing and re-writing ideas, and the joy in people enjoying your work.” (@jamesmylet)
Except Carol Vorderman
She's getting younger
More academic than Readers' Wives
But just as offensive
And with better spelling.
Pay to see Joe Pasquale get undressed
Or Michael Mcintyre remove wall paper
Name a comic and we'll make them strip