Marc Blake

Marc Blake is an English author, educator, and filmmaker. He writes nonfiction books on comedy and sitcom writing, as well as comic novels and a Young Adult horror novel.

Marc Blake was born and raised in London. His career spans teaching, writing, and guiding. He teaches film studies at Winchester and Southampton Solent Universities and runs writing courses at Marlborough College.

Blake's literary contributions include novels such as Sunstroke, Big Time, and 24 Karat Schmooze. His foray into nonfiction includes How NOT to Write Sitcom and Writing the Comedy Movie. He is the writer and director of the forthcoming feature film Axman (2019).

Since 2014, Blake has worked as an International tour guide, showcasing the city's rich history and culture. As a qualified Blue Badge guide, he offers personalized tours to large and small groups, families, and individuals. His tours are versatile, covering everything from classic rock to James Bond-themed walks.

As a teacher, writer, and artist, Blake significantly influences how he guides tours. He engages in conversation rather than lectures, making his tours informative and entertaining. His interest in wartime London is evident in his Young Adult horror novel "Spirit of the Blitz." He also offers a unique "London Horror" ghost walk.

In his 2005 book How To Be A Sitcom Writer, Blake shares his extensive experience in comedy writing. Having written for shows like Spitting Image and personalities such as Frankie Howerd and Craig Charles, he brings a wealth of knowledge to aspiring sitcom writers. The book is a guide through the nuances of sitcom writing, offering insight from Blake's own TV show and BBC Radio 4 series Whining for England.

Marc Blake still lives in London.
years of life: 28 January 1960 present

Quotes

Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
Situation comedy, or ‘sitcom’, captures the public imagination.
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There is a particular fondness for this form of scripted comedy.
Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
Sitcom is deceptive. You think you are watching naturally funny people snipe, bicker and be witty, but the writer and later the script editor, producer, cast and crew have all done an immense amount of work in creating a unique world.
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