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 except in very rare circumstances). 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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Wed 27 July 2016
Comedy, depression and distance
Yaseen Kader on turning his low into a show
27/07/2016 … In one week, I’ll be taking my debut solo stand-up show Smile to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Wed 13 July 2016
Pass the bucket...
Chris O'Neill has some fundraising tips for comics working for donations
13/07/2016 … Anyone performing in a free-in or pay what you want venue at the Edinburgh Fringe has to make a Bucket Speech But a lot of very proficient and skilled acts who appear at the festival every year do not ask for the payment that they are rightfully due.
Fri 08 July 2016
The pain of prop comedy
Louise Reay wonders if she shouldn't just write some f***ing jokes...
08/07/2016 … This morning I was listening to the Seymour Mace episode of the Comedian’s Comedian Podcast while sewing a giant Monster Munch out of a flannel.
Wed 06 July 2016
The pros and cons of being a comic, and a musical one
Ariane Sherine's adventures in stand-up
06/07/2016 … The five best things about being a comic:1.
Tue 05 July 2016
Creativity is kryptonite for depression
Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit
05/07/2016 … I'm sitting on my local beach as I write this.
Thu 30 June 2016
John Ryan on using comedy to deal with life's ups and downs
30/06/2016 … I am a comedian by trade.
Wed 22 June 2016
This is why your joke isn't working
Tom Crowley offers some advice for writers
22/06/2016 … Let's address the inherent arrogance of my daring to write this article.
Tue 21 June 2016
Brexit will batter the comedy industry
Stephen Grant considers the effects of an Out vote
21/06/2016 … There’s no denying that weaving topical comedy into your set is a great thing; it shows your keen mind tackling the issues of the day and can release the pressure of concerns people may have been ruminating over for hours or days.