Contributors

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Adelina Holmes

Adelina is a British stand up comedian living in Shanghai. When not organizing foodie events, making people laugh or harassing people on the metro, she can be found training teachers and running leadership courses. Would move back to the UK, "if their dumplings were better." Insta: @adelinastandup

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Alexander MJ Smith

Alexander is an emerging writer of funny things for screen, stage and speaker system. His credits include BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack and the word ‘include’ to make it sound like there are lots more. He also sometimes writes things that aren’t funny (on purpose) and sometimes these get published.

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Amber Lee

Amber Lee is new to the comedy scene although her short stories have been published in Mslexia and on her nan’s fridge. Loves words and thinks the sweary ones are misunderstood.

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Andy Quirk

Andy Quirk performs as The UK's Premier Rapper of First World Problems alongside his Lead Backup Dancer (and wife), Anna J. He also promotes and MCs' Glossop Globe Comedy and Anything Goes Open Mic in a quaint mill town on the edge of the Peak District.

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Andy Bollen

Andy has been writing comedy for BBCTV and radio, since 1995. He was once a drummer in an influential beat combo flute band and is an internationally renowned therapist for depressed goldfish. He has authored several books and was arrested at a book signing for signing books he hadn’t written. He likes walking around the park telling swans a joke then seeing their reaction when he plays a comedy bang on the trombone.

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Anna Mansell

Writer of books some people have read and sit-coms nobody's seen.

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Brad Holcombe

Brad is a newbie to the comedy writing scene. His current work status is comedy writer / housewife. As well as The News Dump, he writes for Pitch Jokes and Comedywire - and is an amazing husband, an awesome father, and an all round wonderful fella.

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Brendon Gregory

Brendon is a full-time IT manager and shoplifter. For years he desperately wanted to become a published writer but was always terrified that the quality of his work would not be good enough…he was absolutely right. Fortunately, the nice man at The News Dump humours him and lets him publish the odd piece now and again.

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Cameron Loxdale

Cameron is a comedy writer and producer who has written for several BBC radio shows including The News Quiz, Newsjack and The Leak. He is the co-creator of The Royal Winthorpe Museum Podcast. His name is an anagram of Relaxed Cool Man and he's barely one out of three.

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Chitra Iyengar

Chitra Iyengar is a writer of many things, closet clown, consummate liar and a toe-dipper in the world of comedy. Based in London, she is working on a couple of projects for children’s TV, scribbling jokes for every US Late Night Talk Show that have never heard of her and constantly looking for comedy in the dystopia of today’s politics. After all even dictators like to laugh! Follow on Twitter @ciyengar5.

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Chris Ballard

Chris has literally months of experience as a comedy writer. He has had sketch and oneliner credits on BBC’s Newsjack, is a certified writer on Comedywire and has written over 100 articles for various satire sites. He lives in Kent where he is cared for by his wife and two children. One day his wife will laugh at something he has written.

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Christopher McKay

Chris tells jokes. He recently moved from Sydney to Glasgow because he hates the sun. He's written and performed in Fringe shows to almost dozens of people, and in his spare time he writes about what different mythological creatures would be like drunk

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Dan Kiss

Comedy writer / professionally unemployed.

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Dan Sweryt

Dan Sweryt is an award-winning script editor and comedy writer whose TV, radio, podcast and internet writing still doesn’t pay enough for him not to have a proper job too. But, you know, it does help him buy lottery tickets.

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Daniel Burt

Oven cleaner by day and asleep by night; Dan is a proud father of 3, head writer of The Spectatorship and so, so tired.

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David Hughes

David is an aspiring comedy writer who has written mainly for Newsbiscuit. After achieving November writer of the month his ambition is to be a successful stand-up performer without standing up or performing.

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David Smith

David is a novelist, screenwriter and freelancer with 16 books under his belt and scripts from features to shorts, and from TV thrillers to sitcoms. He also writes satirical comedy articles with 3 collections published. He has a 6 part US TV thriller in pre-production and blah blah. In truth he’s a writing whore and will write anything for anybody.

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Eleanor Mason

Eleanor is a screenwriter and spends her spare time conducting research into female screenwriters and adaptations. She’s had articles published on Reductress.

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Elysia Tanswell

Elysia usually writes for New York based news and culture sites Bleu and Bombshell by Bleu - with There edgy hot takes like 'the Mamma Mia sequel wasn't very good' and 'being a millenial is kind of weird and bad'. Comes here when the bitterness and sarcasm reach maximum capacity.

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Fraser Kelly

Fraser recently graduated with a degree in Film and Media, which means he's unemployable. A newbie in the Scottish stand-up circuit, he has also written and directed a number of short comedy films.

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Garth ApThomas

Garth’s writing credits include the London-based comedy stage show NewsRevue – where he’s been a writer in the room – BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack and the History Makers podcast.

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Gavin Beans

Occasional writer of comedy. Credits include Newsjack, Newsjack Unplugged, Newsbiscuit, News Revue and The Beano's joke page (1985).

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Gavin Noble

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, The News Quiz and Breaking The News are three of the radio shows Gavin has not written for. There are many more too.

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Harry Palmer

The Day Today, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week - Harry has watched them all and learned nothing. Harry's TV writing career peaked recently when one of his jokes was valued at £2.18 on the Antiques Roadshow.

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Harry White

Harry White will write for money, food or praise. He spends a lot of time with dogs (in a professional capacity) and speaks to them like they are human. When he isn’t trying to be funny with his fingers he tries with his mouth on the Four Bad Pitches podcast. One day he will definitely finish that book he’s writing.

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Jake Mackintosh

Writer - Austin FF 2016 Semifinalist, Edinburgh IFF 2017 Talent Lab alum, Newsjack - All around poor excuse for a human being.

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Jo Burke

Jo Burke has written, produced and performed five, four star, Edinburgh Festival shows and was a ‘So You Think That’s Funny?’ Finalist.

Her debut comedy book ‘iScream’ is available to download on Amazon and continues to receive five star rave reviews.

​She also loves radio and podcasts. She has co-presented on Fubar Radio with Lucy Porter, JLC and Mark Dolan. She likes nothing more than chewing the fat as a guest too and has been heard on the radio waves as a guest on Geoff Lloyd’s Absolute Radio show and recently with Ed Miliband on their ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ podcast.

She is currently previewing her latest stand up show ‘Peculiar’. For show dates check out twitter or www.joburke.com

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Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas is a proofreader, copywriter and self-styled comedy writer. Basically he's a bloke with a laptop and a highlighter pen who likes grand titles and has somehow had good reviews. He has written for Newsjack, and The News Dump, but mainly just for the hell of it.

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Lewis Cook

Lewis has written for Newsjack, Dead Ringers and several birthday cards. Lewis Cook is also a footballer for Bournemouth and England, and they are DEFINITELY the same person!

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Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly is a writer. He has a first class degree in scriptwriting to prove this. He also wrote an episode of the It’s My Shout anthology series recently shown on the BBC and BBC iPlayer called Edgar’s Hair. It won an award for best script, further validating his claim that he is a writer. He is currently developing a sitcom for television. Because he is a writer.

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Luke Catterson

Luke is a budding comedy writer who claims to have "no notable achievements to date" - but given his work on The News Dump, we're pretty sure that's soon going to change.

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Marvin Close

'Marvin has written over 100 hours of broadcast TV for shows as diverse as Emmerdale and Tracey Beaker; radio comedy and documentary; theatre plays and non-fiction books.'

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Michelle Graham

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to write for News Dump.

Together with my illustrator Mark Rowe, I write 'silly' stories about a Moon Critter from the dark side of the Moon who's on Earth in protest against fake Moon landings - as you do. It's the Karillapig. www.karillapig.com

I also write blogs for various organisations (some of them are serious) about different issues, and currently (in my day job) work on different educational projects.

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Nathalie Antonia

Nathalie Antonia is a comedy writer/performer/professional worrier. Recently graduated from The National Film & TV School (Writing & Producing Comedy). Has been paid by the BBC a few times for things she wrote. Was once described as a “Less attractive Natalie Portman”.

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Nathan Cowley

Deluded, misguided and idiotic are all words Nathan would use to describe people who don’t find his stuff funny.
Nathan has done nothing in the world of comedy and his biggest achievement in life has been winning the race out of his father’s testicles in 1996, something he profusely apologises for.

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Paul Day-Care

Definitely not the former editor of the Daily Mail trying to fill the inescapable void by moonlighting as a comedy writer. Honest. Although I'll admit it is an uncanny likeness...

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Pete Redfern

Pete has written for various satire sites and hails from Berkshire, where he lives with his wife and two children. Despite looking like a hooligan, Pete has little interest in either football or violence, and instead spends his spare time trying to make people laugh on the internet, mostly unsuccessfully.

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Pete Smith

https://twitter.com/DamnDirtyGrapes
Pete once got paid by the BBC for a joke about putting your finger in your bum. That's about it.

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Rob Cromwell

Rob is a comedy and entertainment writer who has written scripts and gags for some of the biggest names in TV, including Stephen Fry, Jimmy Carr, Graham Norton, Dara O’Briain and even Mr. T. He’s written on panel shows including Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Celebrity Juice and Would I Lie To You.

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Robbie Sunderland

Robbie is a regular writer and performer for the BBC New Comedy Show on Radio Norfolk and Suffolk. In almost every other aspect he is irregular.

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