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 except in very rare circumstances). 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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Fri 28 December 2007
Review of the Extras finale
by Rory Stamp
28/12/2007 … ‘That was a bit harsh’, said my wife after Ricky Gervais laid into reality TV culture during the final episode of Extras.
What's wrong with TV comedy
by Michael J Dolan
28/12/2007 … Watching television has, over the past six or seven years, become an agonisingly difficult experience.
Thu 20 December 2007
The day I went psycho on TV
by Robin Ince
20/12/2007 … The following words were written at 2am.
Tue 18 December 2007
Beware the backlash
John Phillips on the stand-ups who jumped the shark
18/12/2007 … If there’s one thing that tells me someone is going to annoy me, it’s if I mention a singer or a band, and they say: ‘Oh, I like the early stuff, before they became famous.
Sun 16 December 2007
Laughs through a lens
Emma Lennox on capturing stand-up for the screen
16/12/2007 … There is a forbidden quality to a good night of stand up; it's best suited to small dark rooms where comics dare to whisper their unspeakable thoughts.
Fri 14 December 2007
Why comedy is the best medicine
by Stephen Sinclair
14/12/2007 … I have a theory that stand-up comedy is a genuine therapy, tha works just as well as acupuncture or baths of mud.
Why don't we think women are funny?
by Dean Burnett
14/12/2007 … Despite being an aspiring (meaning ‘unsuccessful’) comedian, I am also a neuroscientist.
Thu 13 December 2007
Compering? It's war...
by Janey Godley
13/12/2007 … ‘You are a really good on stage, I loved you as an MC, maybe one day you could even do comedy.