This chapter explores what it is like to work in the (primarily British) television comedy industry, and does so through analysis of a number of interviews with sitcom writers, producers and directors carried out for this book. The interviewees discuss the pleasures and problems of working in the industry and the social roles they hope their output will achieve. They also explore whether they feel their labour is a ‘job’, a ‘career’, a ‘profession’, or something else. These interviews are placed within the context of the wider television industry, and the particular roles of comedy within that industry is explored.
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