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 email@example.com.
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Mon 01 September 2014
Everyone likes seeing stars
...especially when there's only one of them, says Nigel Lovell
01/09/2014 … In a recent Correspondence piece, Isn't it time the stars went out?, Chortle editor Steve Bennett revealed he is considering ceasing to attach star ratings to reviews.
Fri 29 August 2014
Slaying my Late & Live demon
Tom Rhodes on returning to Edinburgh's bearpit
29/08/2014 … For the past 14 years I have been tormented by a demon.
Wed 27 August 2014
Is the comedy circuit becoming anti-semitic?
Danny Hurst thinks so
27/08/2014 … Has anyone noticed lately that anti-semitism has become a lot more fashionable than it was in say, 1946, including on the comedy circuit? Now many will argue that anti-Zionism and anti-semitism are not the same thing, and I would agree.
Tue 26 August 2014
Isn't it time the stars went out?
Chortle editor Steve Bennett says the system's flawed
26/08/2014 … Chortle may have handed out its last star.
Fri 22 August 2014
My 'mental' Fringe
Harriet Dyer on her theraputic show
22/08/2014 … When I started to write my Fringe show, Barking At Aeroplanes I sincerely intended on it being an, ‘Ooh I’m just eccentric but folk think I’m crackers, isn’t that a bit of a palaver?’ kind of a show.
Tue 19 August 2014
My guide to shagging in Edinburgh
Brydie Lee-Kennedy has the bases covered...
19/08/2014 … It’s the final week of the Edinburgh Fringe and that means you’ve probably engaged in at least one of the following activities: complaining about your lack of reviews, eating three cheese-based-meals in a single day, retweeting praise and then feeling bad about it, sleeping in Pleasance Dome, crying in the rain and engaging in messy naked fun with a questionable human.
Mon 18 August 2014
How YouTube's changing sketch comedy
By Aunty Donna
18/08/2014 … We’re more than two weeks into our first ever Edinburgh Festival Fringe: a rite of passage for young Australian comics for decades.
Fri 15 August 2014
Why Italian comedy has dumbed down
Francesco de Carlo explains the lack of alternative comedy, satire or surrealism
15/08/2014 … In Italy, television plays a pivotal role in comedy.