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.
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.
Tue 21 April 2015
They shouldn't have cast Vic Reeves...
Margo Milne says disabled actors should take disabled parts
21/04/2015 … Chortle today reported that Sky Arts has commissioned four 'knockabout physical comedies' to transmit in the autumn.
Mon 20 April 2015
Why don't comics get more respect?
Jojo Georgiou wants her hard work to be appreciated
20/04/2015 … As a working comic, I have done thousands of gigs over the last 18-odd years.
Thu 09 April 2015
What comedy needs is partition
Alan Varley suggests a way to end the culture war
09/04/2015 … Yesterday I wrote about the culture of offence surrounding comedy, including 'safe space' policy Cardiff University used to prevent a gig by Dapper Laughs.
Wed 08 April 2015
Freedom of speech? It's not for everyone...
Alan Varley is outraged by an outrageous outbreak of outrage
08/04/2015 … Last week Chortle published a Correspondents article by the comedian, MC and promoter Alfie Noakes who had noticed 'a worrying change in the audiences' at his gigs recently.
Mon 06 April 2015
Young, gifted, male and white
Tony Kinsella on the Chortle Student Comedy Award heat winners
06/04/2015 … I've just watched the videos of the 13 heat winners of the annual Chortle Student Comedy Awards.
Thu 02 April 2015
How to write a Fringe press release
By Chortle editor Steve Bennett
02/04/2015 … In the topsy-turvy world of Edinburgh Fringonomics, one group of people who seem to be doing all right are the publicists.
Wed 01 April 2015
Enough with the faux outrage
Alfie Noakes says comedy audiences are getting over-sensitive
01/04/2015 … I have been running free open mic gigs at Dirty Dicks in London for five years, and we now stage around 20 shows a month there under the We Are Funny banner.
Why is 'ethnic comedy' in such a shambles?
Inder Manocha thinks it might be political correctness gone mad...
01/04/2015 … I have been asked to take part in an evening of comedy storytelling called Immigrant Diaries at London's Southbank Centre, whose title is self-explanatory.