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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.

Thu 23 October 2014

Did 10 O'Clock Live ever stand a chance? | Lorcan Mullan on the news the topical show is no more

Did 10 O'Clock Live ever stand a chance?

Lorcan Mullan on the news the topical show is no more

23/10/2014 … I stuck it out with 10 O’Clock Live right up to the end.

Fri 17 October 2014

Time waits for no funny man | New comic Simon Ramsden gives himself a pep talk

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

Wed 15 October 2014

In defence of Dapper | He's dumb, crude and unambitious – but not without charm and merit, argues Anthony Miller

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

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

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

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

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.

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