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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 18 November 2014

That joke isn't funny any more | Paul Case, aka Captain of the Rant, is angered by the trite....

That joke isn't funny any more

Paul Case, aka Captain of the Rant, is angered by the trite....

18/11/2014 … I hate it when people whip out unfunny witticisms that everyone hears all the time.

Fri 14 November 2014

Black men's willies: A moral conundrum | Copper-turned-comic Alfie Moore on racism

Black men's willies: A moral conundrum

Copper-turned-comic Alfie Moore on racism

14/11/2014 … I've just read the Chortle news story in response to a PR company's response towards a reviewer's response of watching Jim Davidson's latest tour show No Further Action.

Wed 12 November 2014

Why I had to complain about Dapper Laughs | Fraser Millward gets it off his chest

Why I had to complain about Dapper Laughs

Fraser Millward gets it off his chest

12/11/2014 … First of all I’ll lay my cards on the table.

Tue 11 November 2014

I have a new character: Immune From Criticism Man | Tim Ballantine (or is it?) introduces his new 'act'

I have a new character: Immune From Criticism Man

Tim Ballantine (or is it?) introduces his new 'act'

11/11/2014 … Yes, everybody, I’m a new superhero character comedy act for the new generation: Immune From Criticism Man! During this five minute open spot, I’ll call all of you fucking bitches out on your shit, and I might suggest one of you should get bent over a table.

Mon 10 November 2014

You are not 'pushing at boundaries' | 44 comedians sign open letter against Dapper Laughs

You are not 'pushing at boundaries'

44 comedians sign open letter against Dapper Laughs

10/11/2014 … A lot has been written recently about ITV comedian Dapper Laughs - real name Daniel O’Reilly.

Sun 09 November 2014

Man has sex with a woman shocker! | The only 'shame' in The Sun's Jason Manford exposé was the decision to run with it, says Steve Bennett

Man has sex with a woman shocker!

The only 'shame' in The Sun's Jason Manford exposé was the decision to run with it, says Steve Bennett

09/11/2014 … Since you have good taste in reading material – you’re here, aren’t you? – you might be unaware that Jason Manford has made the front page of The Sun today, right, with what the paper’s calling a ‘sex shame’.

Thu 06 November 2014

Why there will never be a British Daily Show | Lorcan Mullan says we shouldn't try to ape the States

Why there will never be a British Daily Show

Lorcan Mullan says we shouldn't try to ape the States

06/11/2014 … Recently 10 O'Clock Live was consigned to the scrapheap of British TV history, alongside the likes of The 11 O'Clock Show, Tonightly, The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke and Recommended Daily Amount.

Wed 05 November 2014

Women on panel shows: crunching the numbers | Alan Varley looks at the stats

Women on panel shows: crunching the numbers

Alan Varley looks at the stats

05/11/2014 … Now that the situation in Israel and Gaza has calmed down I have decided to stop work on my peace plan for the region and turn my attention to another long-running conflict: women on comedy panel shows.

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