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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Fri 17 October 2014
Time waits for no funny man
New comic Simon Ramsden gives himself a pep talk
17/10/2014 … I've recently come to the conclusion that time waits for no funny man, nor funny woman.
Thu 16 October 2014
Critics are just jealous of the gash I get...
The mysterious DL takes on the Feminazis
16/10/2014 … 'Allo gaylords.
Wed 15 October 2014
In defence of Dapper
He's dumb, crude and unambitious – but not without charm and merit, argues Anthony Miller
15/10/2014 … Here is my reply to Lee Kern’s open letter about the new ITV2 show Dappy Laughs: On The Pull being a 'rapist’s almanac'.
Wed 08 October 2014
You've helped create a rapist's almanac
Lee Kern writes an open letter to those who brought Dapper Laughs to TV
08/10/2014 … Anyone who has seen the online videos of Dapper Laughs – real name Daniel O’Reilly - will be au fait with the misplaced pride in idiocy and the triumphant doltishness of this arch dunce.
Fri 03 October 2014
How comedians write their material
An illustrated guide by Paul Savage
03/10/2014 … • Paul Savage's book of comic strips, Contrived Setups About Niche Pop Culture Reference, is available now for £6 incl p&p here.
Tue 30 September 2014
Another bit of my comedy soul dies...
Lori Gibbs scales the rock face of an unforgiving gig
30/09/2014 … It’s Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Oakridge Community Centre.
Mon 29 September 2014
Comedy criticism: Where did it all go wrong
Spencer Brown on the over-intellectualising of stand-up
29/09/2014 … OK - let’s get to it: comedy criticism is screwed.
Wed 24 September 2014
I'm sick of doing well with jokes I don't find funny
Comic Tom Holmes wants to tear up his set
24/09/2014 … Whenever I've heard successful comedians give advice, the message always seems to be along the lines of 'Do comedy that you, personally, find funny'.