Ready your ribs for a-tickling as we present our Comedy Focus. Expect chats with the adland folk who make your bellies ache with laughter, insights from the finders of your funny bones and inspiration from masters of mirth.
The writer/director/producer/actor/co-founder of Merman/Mermade and all-round comedy hero talks to Jamie Madge about turkey farms, terrible advice and perfect creative partnerships.
From Smell Like A Man, Man to running his own agency, Eric Kallman speaks to Jamie Madge about creating one of the most defining comedic voices in advertising.
As part of our Comedy Special, shots hauls the Hungry Man director back into the boardroom to discuss the evergreen wit of his award-winning Orange campaign.
Former creative and previously one half of a successful directing duo, Mike Maguire is now a high-flying directorial king of comedy in his own right. Here he talks about his work, inspirations and why he owes everything in his life to advertising.
Since This Girl Can jiggled its way onto our screens in 2015, there’s been some improvement in how women are portrayed in ads, but though we’re seeing more images of wobblier, tougher lasses, where are the funny ones? Carol Cooper investigates.
From The Far Side's dad jokes to Joan Rivers' liberating loud mouth, who (or what) tickles the funny bones of adland's top talents?
The Work Editorial editor on cutting for comedy and fostering a funny partnership with Jeff Low.
From the Economist's classic print ads to Domino’s cheesy pun-generating bot, Tim Cumming explores the weird and wonderful world of wordplay in advertising.
The Colenso BBDO New Zealand Creative Director reflects on his soft spot for westerns and Richard Ayoade, and wishes advertising was called something else.
Mike Ahern [right] and Enda Loughman [left] are directing duo D.A.D.D.Y. Here, the self-described ‘two youngish Irishmen with big noses' relay what's on their creative radar, including a film regarded as "one of the worst ever made".
Johannes Leonardo associate creative directors Paul Gregson [right] and Jono Flannery [left] reveal what's on their inspirational radar.
With the 'digital guillotine' poised to fall on brands who stick out their necks for laughs, Hughie Phillips, co-founder and MD of MindsEye, argues that risks are nonetheless worth taking.
From fashion film's next big things to the creative communities keeping the form alive, we investigate what has happened to the industry's passion for fashion.
From music video maestros and the commissioners who find them, to composers and audio engineers who love to delight our ears, take a deep dive into the world of sound
We sat down with the Gold-winning directors from this year's competition to chat about their films, their industry journey and what picking up a YDA really means to them.
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