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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 30 June 2015

Political correctness is the best thing that's happened to comedy | Ria Lina joins the debate

Political correctness is the best thing that's happened to comedy

Ria Lina joins the debate

30/06/2015 … When I first moved to London after uni in 2000 I knew very little about stand-up comedy.

Mon 29 June 2015

Barclaycard ads put Jason Manford's credibility in debit | Robert James Peacock cries ‘sell out’

Barclaycard ads put Jason Manford's credibility in debit

Robert James Peacock cries ‘sell out’

29/06/2015 … It's too easy to yell 'sell out' when an artist lets cold, hard cash dictate what they do, and it's not always fair.

Sun 28 June 2015

In praise of Sandi Toksvig | Elliot Wengler hails the outgoing chair of The News Quiz

In praise of Sandi Toksvig

Elliot Wengler hails the outgoing chair of The News Quiz

28/06/2015 … It is fitting that Sandi Toksvig’s final edition of The News Quiz was broadcast on the same day the US Supreme Court has legalised equal marriage.

Sat 27 June 2015

Victimhood damages society... and comedy | John Beuhler on the failings of political correctness

Victimhood damages society... and comedy

John Beuhler on the failings of political correctness

27/06/2015 … In the past few years, I have noticed a trend that I believe to be dangerous to free expression and society, but more importantly — to me professionally.

Tue 23 June 2015

How to do good reviewing | Fringe Dog shares his immense experience

How to do good reviewing

Fringe Dog shares his immense experience

23/06/2015 … o boy !! time is tickin ,and edimbrugh fringe preview season is well under way .

Thu 11 June 2015

Save BBC Three? Why? | Lorcan Mullan thinks it should die so others can live...

Save BBC Three? Why?

Lorcan Mullan thinks it should die so others can live...

11/06/2015 … I understand where they're coming from, I really do.

Mon 08 June 2015

Left 'homeless' by the Cowgatehead fiasco | Aatif Nawaz on being collatoral damage in Edinburgh's venue wars

Left 'homeless' by the Cowgatehead fiasco

Aatif Nawaz on being collatoral damage in Edinburgh's venue wars

08/06/2015 … After a week where I performed a promising Edinburgh Fringe preview, presented my own TV chat show, received strong reviews for both, and was given a shout out by a former Pakistani Test cricketer, I still find myself sitting in the foetal position in the corner of a dark room listening to REM CDs.

Sat 06 June 2015

Let's revive the spirit of the Fringe | Christian Talbot wants to spread the love

Let's revive the spirit of the Fringe

Christian Talbot wants to spread the love

06/06/2015 … There’s a lot arguments, accusations and bad feeling surrounding the Edinburgh Fringe this year with the Freestival/PBH debacle (and I’m not going to add to it here), but I was thinking about ways in which we as performers could help bring back some of the 'spirit of the Fringe'.

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