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Deborah Klika 

PhD by Creative Practice



The sitcom, the film and the character

The comic nature of character and narrative in related TV and film comedy.



Senior Lecturer in Television and Film. Trained and worked in the Australian Film and TV Industry. 30 year interest in the sitcom, from production to analysis and theory resulting in publication of a book that theorises the sitcom.


Current research interest is screen comedy and specifically the bind of the comic character in film comedy. In 2017 produced a 30 min pilot script as a 10 min production to prove proof of concept of a series.

External Activity

2015 International Society for Humor Studies, Conference, San Francisco, workshop on (re)Writing the TV Sitcom. Screenwriting Research Network Conference in London, paper: ‘(re)Developing the TV Sitcom.’
2015/16/17 'Sandwich', script a comedy about mid-life in the suburbs with a twist of animation.
Fourth place in 2015 London Film Awards, Best TV Pilot. Finalist Comedy Film and Screenplay Festival November 2016, reading LA January 2017.
2015/17 'At the Bar' script, Awarded 3rd place 2016 Cannes Screenplay Contest, TV Comedy Pilot section. 10 min pilot produced as a research project 2017.
2016 Screenwriting Research Network Conference, Leeds, paper: ‘The Inescapable Narrative Structure of the Sitcom.’
2017 North London Literary Festival, Middlesex University. Workshop on (re)Reading the sitcom.
2018 'Unfinished Business' script. Official Finalist Cannes Screenplay Contest, 2018 TV Comedy Pilot section.
2018 Screenwriting Research Network Conference, Milan, Italy, paper
‘The Ghost in the Second Act: When a film becomes a comedy series’
2019 Masterclass on Comedy and Character at NFTS, UK.


2014 'Sandwich', 30 min pilot script, a comedy about mid-life in the suburbs with a twist of animation.
2015/17 'At the Bar', 30 min pilot script, a comedy set in lawyers chambers, for anyone who must work with their ex. 2017 10 min pilot produced as a research project demonstrating proof of concept.
2017 'Unfinished Business', 30 min pilot script, a comedy about politics in this world and the next.
2018 'Situation Comedy, Character and Psychoanalysis: On the Couch with Lucy, Basil and Kimmie', New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. Paperback 2019.
2020 ‘Caught in the Second Act: The Relationship between Film Comedy and the TV Sitcom’. In Journal of Media, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies, 2020.
2020 Chapter for book on Screenwriting Development: Defining the Beats in the TV Sitcom. Ed. Craig Batty (UTS Sydney), Palgrave.

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Deborah Klika
PhD by Creative Practice