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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 05 May 2016

Is this routine lazy? | Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

Is this routine lazy?

Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

05/05/2016 … This week, I wrote a short routine which I was really happy with.

Wed 04 May 2016

Variety isn't dead. It's on YouTube | Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

Variety isn't dead. It's on YouTube

Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

04/05/2016 … This month brought the return of Britain's Got Talent, which, as we all know, is a shiny-floored, over-lit sausage machine that transforms the fame-hungry into the world-weary, at the behest of the botoxed and talentless, and for the amusement of those who should know better, but are too jaded or cynical to remember that they should.

Sun 24 April 2016

How we did the Business on the Fringe | Joe Hollingworth on a unique festival experience
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© Bryony Jameson

How we did the Business on the Fringe

Joe Hollingworth on a unique festival experience

24/04/2016 … ‘Business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business business.

Thu 21 April 2016

Victoria Wood: An artist of the everyday | Gareth Entwistle remembers a comedy great

Victoria Wood: An artist of the everyday

Gareth Entwistle remembers a comedy great

21/04/2016 … I can remember the specific time that I first ‘got’ comedy.

Wed 13 April 2016

An open letter to Karen Koren of the Gilded Balloon | From fellow/rival Edinburgh promoter Bob Slayer

An open letter to Karen Koren of the Gilded Balloon

From fellow/rival Edinburgh promoter Bob Slayer

13/04/2016 … An open letter to Karen Koren, artistic director of Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon,When I first read the news that the Gilded Balloon were taking over a Free Festival venue I just wanted to put my head under a sheet and shout: 'Leave the Counting House alone.

Mon 04 April 2016

Fri 18 March 2016

The links between comedy and autism | Dave Cohen explores...

The links between comedy and autism

Dave Cohen explores...

18/03/2016 … This week a new drama about autism starts on BBC One, The A Word.

Mon 07 March 2016

Can we be friends, variety and stand-up? | Mat Ricardo introduces his new monthly column

Can we be friends, variety and stand-up?

Mat Ricardo introduces his new monthly column

07/03/2016 … Dear stand-up comedy people, I am not one of you.

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