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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.
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Tue 09 February 2016

Jokes violate norms - that's why they're funny AND offensive | Barry Carter looks at the theories of comedy

Jokes violate norms - that's why they're funny AND offensive

Barry Carter looks at the theories of comedy

09/02/2016 … There are many popular theories of comedy which attempt to explain why we find something funny.

Mon 08 February 2016

Gein's guide to Britain | The sketch group outline their tour plans

Gein's guide to Britain

The sketch group outline their tour plans

08/02/2016 … Gein's Family Giftshop – Kath Hughes, James Meehan, Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Edward Easton – anticipate what their forthcoming dates have in store.

Thu 04 February 2016

How to pitch an idea | Comedian and producer Matt Tiller offers some advice

How to pitch an idea

Comedian and producer Matt Tiller offers some advice

04/02/2016 … I write a blog, Foot in the Door, which is enjoyable for me to write and aims to help people who are trying to get on in the media, whether they want to be writers, producers, directors or whatever.

Mon 01 February 2016

My favourite comedy festival memories | By Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival founder Geoff Rowe

My favourite comedy festival memories

By Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival founder Geoff Rowe

01/02/2016 … We recently published a list of all the comedians who have performed at the Leicester Comedy Festival since we set the thing up in 1994.

Sun 24 January 2016

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Mon 04 January 2016

Netflix and thrill | On-demand services are a huge boon to stand-up, says Barry Carter

Netflix and thrill

On-demand services are a huge boon to stand-up, says Barry Carter

04/01/2016 … We are in the Golden Age of Television, some of the best TV drama ever made has been in the last five or so years.

Mon 21 December 2015

TV sketch comedy shouldn't be history | Steve Palace says executives, not viewers, lost their appetite
© David Olsan
© David Olsan

TV sketch comedy shouldn't be history

Steve Palace says executives, not viewers, lost their appetite

21/12/2015 … On Christmas Eve, David Walliams returns to the format that launched him in sketch showcase Walliams & Friend.

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