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 03 July 2015
Do clothes make the comedian?
Louise Reay wonders if she's being lazy over her stage clobber
03/07/2015 … I am currently putting my first solo show together for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Tue 30 June 2015
Political correctness is the best thing that's happened to comedy
Ria Lina joins the debate
30/06/2015 … When I first moved to London after uni in 2000 I knew very little about stand-up comedy.
Mon 29 June 2015
Barclaycard ads put Jason Manford's credibility in debit
Robert James Peacock cries ‘sell out’
29/06/2015 … It's too easy to yell 'sell out' when an artist lets cold, hard cash dictate what they do, and it's not always fair.
Sun 28 June 2015
In praise of Sandi Toksvig
Elliot Wengler hails the outgoing chair of The News Quiz
28/06/2015 … It is fitting that Sandi Toksvig’s final edition of The News Quiz was broadcast on the same day the US Supreme Court has legalised equal marriage.
Sat 27 June 2015
Victimhood damages society... and comedy
John Beuhler on the failings of political correctness
27/06/2015 … In the past few years, I have noticed a trend that I believe to be dangerous to free expression and society, but more importantly — to me professionally.
Tue 23 June 2015
How to do good reviewing
Fringe Dog shares his immense experience
23/06/2015 … o boy !! time is tickin ,and edimbrugh fringe preview season is well under way .
Thu 11 June 2015
Save BBC Three? Why?
Lorcan Mullan thinks it should die so others can live...
11/06/2015 … I understand where they're coming from, I really do.
Mon 08 June 2015
Left 'homeless' by the Cowgatehead fiasco
Aatif Nawaz on being collatoral damage in Edinburgh's venue wars
08/06/2015 … After a week where I performed a promising Edinburgh Fringe preview, presented my own TV chat show, received strong reviews for both, and was given a shout out by a former Pakistani Test cricketer, I still find myself sitting in the foetal position in the corner of a dark room listening to REM CDs.