What Does a Comedy Writer Do?


Comedy Writer Job Description

Comedy writers are responsible for writing original scripts for publication, comedy sketches, stand-up comedy routines or radio, television, film or theatrical productions.


Comedy writers may work as freelancers, be employed on a part-time or contractual basis, or may be hired as full time employees within an organization or production company.



Typical Job Duties

• Write comedic material for publication, or for performances such as comedy routines and productions

• Work with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material

• Revise material to meet personal standards and to satisfy the needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers

• May collaborate with other writers

• Follow appropriate procedures in order to obtain copyrights for completed work

• Develop factors such as themes, plots, characters, settings, action, and dialogue

• May submit written work to publications, producers or editors in order to have work published or sold



Scholarships for Becoming a Comedy Writer

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Comedy Writer. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our English Degree Scholarships and Film Studies Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for working as a Comedy Writer. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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