Brian Luff interview

Brian chats about the art of writing pantomimes, and where he finds his inspiration.

Comedy writer Brian Luff (AKA indie television producer Brian West) co-wrote the cult Channel 4 comedy series Pets. After starting his career as a TV researcher and journalist, Brian began writing comedy for Simon Pegg’s Channel 5 sketch series “We Know Where You Live” and for Lee Hurst’s “Saturday Live” on LWT. He has scripted and produced numerous comedy shows at premier Edinburgh Fringe venues as well as writing a critically acclaimed stage comedy “The Moon’s Not a Virgin Anymore”.

Brian created the Comedy 365 podcast which has had over 11 million downloads via iTunes. He has also edited the official BBC comedy web site and been an occasional visiting lecturer in comedy writing at Bournemouth University.

During the 2015, 2016 and 2017 panto seasons you could see Brian’s Aladdin & the Pirates in theatres in North Ormesby, Banbury, Knaresborough, Castle Douglas,  Farsley, Egerton, Chipperfield and in Ladysmith, Canada. Meanwhile, Brian’s new versions of Cinderella were being staged in Southampton, Basingstoke and in Portaferry, Northern Ireland. His script for Jack & the Beanstalk was produced in venues as far apart as Devon and Aberdeenshire. 

For the forthcoming 2018 season Brian has added Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty and Mr Scrooge to his fast-growing catalogue of traditional pantomime scripts.