Forgot to say, Dumbfunded are running a new sketch competition, with the theme "Man Versus Woman" (interpret that any way you like) with a closing date of 23rd May. Which isn't long. So go to it.
UPDATE: anonymous asks if I'm judging this time. I sort of am - like last time, the Dumbfunded chaps get it down to a shortlist of twenty or so, then I suggest which ten would fit together best, to make two varied halves, oh yes I'm like a scientist of mirth. Then last year, they ignored some of my suggestions anyway, and put completely different sketches on. My point is, if you made it to the shortlist, but not to the final ten, it may well have more to do with how well your sketch fitted in with all the others, which I kmow is annoying and unfair, but so's life.
Some of the sketches might have to get cut for time a bit this year. The advantage of this is they might be able to put twelve or so on in total, which is more fun for everyone - better to have twelve zingy sketches than ten that go on for slightly too long, I reckon.
If, like me, you think the world of British television sketch comedy is totally blimmin' moribund and stagnant, and, I dunno, jejune at the moment, here's a sketch from Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris's "Exit 57" sketch show that shows just high the bar can be set. It might seem a little slow at the start, but bear with it. It builds.