WGGB Best Online Comedy 2020

I was shocked last week to be given the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award for Best Online Comedy 2020 for the second year running, alongside the incredible Hannah George. This year, we won for our BBC Three sketch Side Effects of the Pill. The prize was presented to us by the legendary John Finnemore. I am over the moon. Thank you to everyone who watched the sketch.

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Shadowing the Late Late Show

I had the absolute honour of shadowing the Late Late Show with James Corden when they filmed in London last month, thanks to Comedy 50:50 and the whole team at Fulwell 73. Everyone was lovely and I had a blast. The highlight was that on the final day, one of my jokes made it into the monologue and was aired on CBS and Sky One. Thanks to everyone on the production who gave me an absolute dream of a week!

Best Online Comedy Winner at WGGB Awards

Hannah George and I won Best Online Comedy at the Writers Guild of Great Britain awards on Monday for our sketch “Where are you from: The Game”. The event was fantastic and it was unbelievable receiving an award in front of some of my writing heroes such as Russell T Davies, Armando Iannucci and Mackenzie Crook. It was less fantastic when moments after receiving the award, I fell up the stairs in front of an auditorium full of my writing heroes, but if Jennifer Lawrence can recover from that then so can I.

Inbetweeners Fwends Reunited

On New Year’s Day, Channel 4 broadcast the much anticipated Inbetweeners 10 Year Reunion Special: Fwends Reunited. This was especially exciting for me as I was one of the writers on the show. I wrote a series of short advert break buffers defining phrases and words from the show, such as Clunge and Jugasaurus Rex. These were animated beautifully by Terry Saunders and voiced by the legendary Miriam Margolyes.

Apu Contest Update

I was honoured to receive second place in Adi Shankar’s Apu screenwriting contest. The winner was recently announced in Indiewire and Adi had some incredible kind words to say about me as well:

“Shankar also named a second place winner: Tasha Dhanraj, a London-based comedy writer represented by Emily Wraith at Berlin Associates. The producer said he hasn’t 100 percent ruled out producing that script as well, but mostly he wanted to acknowledge Dhanraj’s “incredible talent.”

For the full article, click here.

Finalist in Apu Screenwriting Contest

I am so excited to announce that I’m a finalist in the Apu Screenwriting Contest: Crowdsourcing a Cure for the Simpsons. Producer Adi Shankar and Coverfly joined forces to create a competition to find scripts that would help “fix” the Simpsons. Just because Apu is a beloved character, it does not stop that he is also a racist caricature. The idea for the competition was to invite scripts that would pivot Apu’s character, or even write him out altogether. Adi Shankar will then take the winning script to the makers of the Simpsons and suggest they make it. If they don’t, the script will be made by Adi himself.

It was so much fun to write a Simpsons spec script – I, like almost everyone on the planet, love the Simpsons and grew up watching it. As a person of Indian (well, Guyanese) descent I feel really proud to have been chosen as a finalist.