With John O'Farrell and Brenda Gilhooley

Sitcom Geeks is podcast for those interested in the mechanics of situation comedy – and in the episode to be recorded today, host Dave Cohen speaks to fellow writers John O’Farrell and Brenda Gilhooley.

O’Farrell, right, is an author and comedy scriptwriter.  Novels include The Best a Man Can Get, May Contain Nuts, and The Man Who Forgot His Wife (which he is currently adapting for Sony International Pictures). Non-fiction includes An Utterly Impartial History of Britain, the political memoir Things Can Only Get Better, and its recent sequel, plus three collections of his satirical columns for The Guardian. O’Farrell’s books have been translated into 30 languages and adapted for BBC Radio and television.


Previously a writer (and later panellist) on BBC’s Have I Got News For You, and a lead writer on ten series of ITV’s Spitting Image. Co-host of the comedy history podcast We Are History. O’Farrell co-wrote the book for Broadway’s Something Rotten! which earned him a Tony nomination and for Mrs. Doubtfire the Musical which opens on Broadway in March. @mrjohnofarrell

Gilhooly found fame in the 1990s with her comic alter-ego  Gayle Tuesday, a dim-witted ‘Page 3 stunna’. She was a writer on Harry Hill’s TV Burp and her Radio 4 sitcom Madam Mayor launched last year, in which she starred alongside Jack Dee, Harry Hill, Michelle Collins and Elis James.