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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Mon 03 August 2015
Jokes could land you in deep writ
Roland Gent seeks legal advice for comedians
03/08/2015 … Comedy, it's the last bastion of free speech isn't it? Well you might have thought so, if you go to stand up shows, you'll hear all sorts of jokes and opinions from comedians from politically opinionated routines, gags about celebrities, and downright sick humour all the way to the outright childish gags and silly puns.
Thu 30 July 2015
Magic critics: Don't get up to your usual tricks
Alan Hudson writes an open letter to reviewers
30/07/2015 … It’s almost time for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Wed 29 July 2015
So you're pro-gay rights? That's so hack...
Now comedy about same-sex relationships should move on, says Tom Ballard
29/07/2015 … Earlier this year, the people of Ireland ushered in marriage equality by popular vote and the US Supreme Court decreed that America's constitution says #LoveWins.
Mon 27 July 2015
It's harder being a woman in improv
...says Alice Winn
27/07/2015 … Being a woman on the improv scene is like being dyslexic and reading English at university—it's not impossible, but there are a great many things you will have to worry about that others will not; and your assessors will consider you a change from the norm.
Thu 23 July 2015
Comedy, white supremacy and the right-wing agenda
Dana Alexander is disturbed by comics who want the right to discriminate
23/07/2015 … I will start this by saying that I am not a victim and I am luckier than most.
Wed 22 July 2015
Will satirists lay into Jeremy Corbyn?
Steve Palace worries for the state of the art
22/07/2015 … As a patented 'old lefty' I got a bit of a surprise seeing satirical comedian Matt Forde - who ripped seven shades out of Ed Miliband during the General Election - interviewing Tony Blair this morning.
Mon 20 July 2015
Joke thieves aren't human
How a plagiarist sunsettled Steffan Alun
20/07/2015 … It’s a Wednesday night in a pub in Portsmouth, and I’m sitting at the back of the room with three other comedians.
Thu 16 July 2015
I've got the secret to comedy: A car
Sonia Aste's having a bad trip....
16/07/2015 … A comedy promoter once told me: 'Sonia you have something not many comedians have.