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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.

Sun 25 January 2015

Was the BBC really horrified by Frankie Boyle? | Steve Bennett on an odd reason for axing a sitcom

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

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

Wed 21 January 2015

Farty TV and BBC Three | By Stewart Lee

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

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

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

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.

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