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 email@example.com.
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Wed 30 September 2015
The awkward question of money...
Robin Ince on asking to be paid for what he does
30/09/2015 … Once Oliver Stone created Gordon Gekko and had him declare 'Greed is good', the audience took a look at themselves in the Odeon toilet mirror and said, Now I realise that my money lust is wrong.
Thu 24 September 2015
Why I won't be making jokes about Pig-gate
Comedian Geoff Norcott thinks the story can't be topped
24/09/2015 … As a stand-up and comedy writer, I've maintained a dignified silence over Pig-gate.
Fri 18 September 2015
How comedy subverts Islamophobia
Imran A Khan on the power of laughter
18/09/2015 … 'Islam' and 'humour' are two consciously uncoupled words that rarely share the same sentence space.
Wed 09 September 2015
Does comedy really need a union?
Anthony Miller has his doubts
09/09/2015 … I'm not a fan of guilds or unions.
Fri 04 September 2015
Don't worry, be happier
Dave Twentyman on anxiety in stand-up
04/09/2015 … I've always been fascinated with the opinion expressed by many fellow comedians that fear and the resulting nerves are positive for performers.
Wed 02 September 2015
Can Corbyn make Britain love satire again?
Ben Morgan hopes for a revival of political comedy
02/09/2015 … He came out of nowhere, just scraping enough nominations to become a Labour leader candidate, and he now leads a competition that the public wouldn't normally pay attention to.
Fri 28 August 2015
I don't like comedy, but I do love it
Liam J Stratton on what drives him to keep performing
28/08/2015 … With the Edinburgh Fringe coming to a close after another record year live comedy could yet survive crumbling economies and global terrorism.
Fri 21 August 2015
The burden of sexiness and how to deal with it
Elf Lyons has some tips
21/08/2015 … It’s a blessing and a curse for many comedians.