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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Sun 25 January 2015
Was the BBC really horrified by Frankie Boyle?
Steve Bennett on an odd reason for axing a sitcom
25/01/2015 … The Daily Mirror yesterday reported that the Frankie Boyle’s-written Radio 4 sitcom Blocked had not been picked up for a series.
Fri 23 January 2015
It's good to be back doing open mics
Karen White on what he learned leaving, and returning to, the circuit
23/01/2015 … ‘I’m let loose, from the noose’ AC/DC, Back in Black)Much as I love them, it’s not exactly a frequent occurrence to find myself relating to AC/DC lyrics emotionally.
Thu 22 January 2015
What are you all laughing at? What’s wrong with you?
James Smyth wants more depth in comedy criticism
22/01/2015 … Comedy is subjective.
Wed 21 January 2015
Dear Chris Bryant...
Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho's open letter to the Labour MP and 'classist gimp'
21/01/2015 … Dear Chris Bryant MP,You classist gimp*.
Farty TV and BBC Three
By Stewart Lee
21/01/2015 … The redoubtable independent production company, Farty Television, have offered £100million to take over the digital channel BBC Three, which is facing a radical on-line only future, due to government assaults on the licence fee.
Tue 13 January 2015
How to be a proper Charlie
Dave Cohen doesn't have all the answers
13/01/2015 … I've been writing about comedy on and off for about six years.
Mon 12 January 2015
Bringers of misery
Zak Splijt on the nights giving new comics false hope
12/01/2015 … A topic debated with almost tedious frequency by comedians and promoters alike on the London open mike circuit is that of 'bringer' gigs.
Sun 11 January 2015
Free to do the show I want
Robin Ince in praise of the PBH Free Fringe
11/01/2015 … Writing articles about the Edinburgh Fringe gets earlier and earlier every year.