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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Tue 19 August 2014
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
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
Why Italian comedy has dumbed down
Francesco de Carlo explains the lack of alternative comedy, satire or surrealism
15/08/2014 … In Italy, television plays a pivotal role in comedy.
Thu 14 August 2014
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
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
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
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
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.