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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 steve@chortle.co.uk.
We reserve the right to edit pieces - although we will be careful not to change the meaning of anything - or not to use them at all. By submitting an article you grant Chortle indefinite licence to use it freely; though you retain the copyright on it to use it elsewhere.

Tue 19 August 2014

My guide to shagging in Edinburgh | Brydie Lee-Kennedy has the bases covered...

My guide to shagging in Edinburgh

Brydie Lee-Kennedy has the bases covered...

19/08/2014 … It’s the final week of the Edinburgh Fringe and that means you’ve probably engaged in at least one of the following activities: complaining about your lack of reviews, eating three cheese-based-meals in a single day, retweeting praise and then feeling bad about it, sleeping in Pleasance Dome, crying in the rain and engaging in messy naked fun with a questionable human.

Mon 18 August 2014

How YouTube's changing sketch comedy | By Aunty Donna
© James Penlidis
© James Penlidis

How YouTube's changing sketch comedy

By Aunty Donna

18/08/2014 … We’re more than two weeks into our first ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe: a rite of passage for young Australian comics for decades.

Fri 15 August 2014

Thu 14 August 2014

Bob Slayer: Why I might work at the Pleasance next year | (He might be taking the mic)

Bob Slayer: Why I might work at the Pleasance next year

(He might be taking the mic)

14/08/2014 … It's really hard work being a maverick at the Fringe.

Surprise! A critic's in... | Gareth Morinan wants free Fringe shows to be treated like any other

Surprise! A critic's in...

Gareth Morinan wants free Fringe shows to be treated like any other

14/08/2014 … I think we can all agree that in the past year or two there’s been a sea change in how performers look at the Free Fringe.

Mon 11 August 2014

Comics must stop bullying transsexual people | Ben Alborough is angered by a Fringe comedian

Comics must stop bullying transsexual people

Ben Alborough is angered by a Fringe comedian

11/08/2014 … Out of ironic curiosity, a couple of friends and I went to a free low-brow late-night stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe the other night, in which the MC followed a five-minute routine path of comic logic that involved asking the audience if they'd ever been on a porn site and seen a ‘shemale’, then asking if they’d rather fuck Angelina Jolie with a cock or Les Dennis with a vagina.

Thu 07 August 2014

'British audiences value comedy more than Americans' | Abigoliah Schamaun on why she left New York for London
© Mindy Tucker
© Mindy Tucker

'British audiences value comedy more than Americans'

Abigoliah Schamaun on why she left New York for London

07/08/2014 … Comics from all over the world dream of moving to New York City.

Wed 06 August 2014

Why I'm a convert to free Fringe shows | Luke Toulson on the positives of going gratis

Why I'm a convert to free Fringe shows

Luke Toulson on the positives of going gratis

06/08/2014 … At the start of the Edinburgh festival last year I wrote a Chortle Correspondents piece explaining why, after seven years performing at 'big four' venues I had decided to be a part of PBH's Free Fringe.

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