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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.

Fri 01 August 2014

My pick of the Fringe... | Tony Kinsella sums up Edinburgh

My pick of the Fringe...

Tony Kinsella sums up Edinburgh

01/08/2014 … The Russell Pannell Show, Punctured Balloon, 8pm Semi-regular telly favourite sellotapes a radio mic to the side of his face and performs an energetic sub-McIntyre set about things in cupboards and how amusing his kids are, even though he looks about 12.

Thu 31 July 2014

Don't get angry over a word | Imaan Hadchiti says its attitude, not language, that's offensive

Don't get angry over a word

Imaan Hadchiti says its attitude, not language, that's offensive

31/07/2014 … Midget, Dwarf, Vertically Challenged, Floor Dweller, Petite, Mini, Shorty, Wee.

Wed 30 July 2014

Why Germans ARE  funny | German-Jewish comic Lucie Pohl defends the fatherland

Why Germans ARE funny

German-Jewish comic Lucie Pohl defends the fatherland

30/07/2014 … Wat zo funni about ze Germans, you ask? I’ll tell you (but only if you read this entire article with a German accent in your head).

Tue 29 July 2014

How comedy can change lives | Dave Chawner's seen first-hand

How comedy can change lives

Dave Chawner's seen first-hand

29/07/2014 … It might be awful but having read how many amazing performers have mental health issues my first thought was: ‘How brilliant’!I would never wish harm on anyone and instantly felt guilty for thinking it, but there was a very good reason.

Mon 28 July 2014

Weird Al Yankovic keeps changing his tune | Ben Alborough on how the musical comic has spent 30 years at the top of his game

Weird Al Yankovic keeps changing his tune

Ben Alborough on how the musical comic has spent 30 years at the top of his game

28/07/2014 … Weird Al Yankovic’s latest album Mandatory Fun is his first to get to No1 in the US in a songwriting career spanning four decades – a career which has thrived on both a strict formula and an open minded attitude to the changing nature of the music industry.

How to win the Edinburgh Fringe | Stuart Goldsmith has the answers...

How to win the Edinburgh Fringe

Stuart Goldsmith has the answers...

28/07/2014 … We all remember the sentient computer out of the 1980s film War Games, you know, the one that played chess against itself to stalemate over and over again.

Fri 25 July 2014

Reviewing the Fringe reviewers | 'Mr Kipper' on another new festival website

Reviewing the Fringe reviewers

'Mr Kipper' on another new festival website

25/07/2014 … First of all, there is no plug for an Edinburgh Fringe show tacked onto the end of this article.

Wed 23 July 2014

13 ways to get the most out of the Fringe | ...and you won't believe No 9! By Gein’s Family Giftshop

13 ways to get the most out of the Fringe

...and you won't believe No 9! By Gein’s Family Giftshop

23/07/2014 … We’re very excited to be heading for the Edinburgh Fringe next week.

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