Chortle's Correspondents section is an arena for fans to share their views on any aspect of comedy. We invite general comment pieces about particular aspects of the comedy scene (although reviews of individual shows or performers tend not to be suited to this section execpt in very rare circumstances) - with the one that's judged best each month receiving a £100 prize. Contributions should be at least 500 words in length, in a similar tone to something you might read in a broadsheet newspaper, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thu 05 March 2015
Embrace the niche
Kate Fox on how she avoided chasing the mainstream
05/03/2015 … I make my living as a performance poet but stand-up comedy is my first love.
Fri 13 February 2015
Lorcan Mullan on who should take a top telly job
13/02/2015 … It's the question on everyone's lips.
Wed 11 February 2015
£450 for a photoshoot? Let me put you in the picture..
Idil Sukan on the economies of publicity shots
11/02/2015 … A huge Edinburgh production company is budgeting £450 for their photoshoots.
Mon 09 February 2015
International comedy is harder than Eddie Izzard says
By Giacinto Palmieri
09/02/2015 … An interview with Eddie Izzard in The Guardian last week was a great testimony to his commendable efforts to demonstrate that comedy can cross borders between cultures and languages.
Fri 06 February 2015
If you're not funny,you're nuts
By Joe Deez, who was punched on stage by an open spot
06/02/2015 … Most comedians choose this career to make people laugh.
Wed 04 February 2015
Which side are you on in the war against satire?
Alan Varley is disappointed by one leftie liberal
04/02/2015 … This week, The Independent published a column by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown headlined 'Political satire is funny, but it also causes cynicism and apathy'.
Sun 25 January 2015
Was the BBC really horrified by Frankie Boyle?
Steve Bennett on an odd reason for axing a sitcom
25/01/2015 … The Daily Mirror yesterday reported that the Frankie Boyle’s-written Radio 4 sitcom Blocked had not been picked up for a series.
Fri 23 January 2015
It's good to be back doing open mics
Karen White on what he learned leaving, and returning to, the circuit
23/01/2015 … ‘I’m let loose, from the noose’ AC/DC, Back in Black)Much as I love them, it’s not exactly a frequent occurrence to find myself relating to AC/DC lyrics emotionally.