January 2008 Correspondents
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.
Mon 21 January 2008
Noam Chomsky, comedian?
The veteran agitator has a stand-up's sensibilities, argues Matthew Alford
21/01/2008 … Mention Noam Chomsky and ‘funny’ might not be the first word that comes to mind.
Sun 20 January 2008
Comedy should be heard and not seen
Michael Monkhouse on why radio is still the best medium
20/01/2008 … I've just read on Chortle that ITV is going to put out its first online/mobile sitcom.
Tue 15 January 2008
Why we'll never know the real Les Dawson
When Ray Peacock tried to create the definitive biography, he was thwarted by the stubbornness of a family at war
15/01/2008 … I spent five years of my life researching and writing about Les Dawson, yet I can confidently say that not one word of it shall ever be deemed suitable for publishing.
Thu 10 January 2008
Everybody loves Chris...
Comic Stephen Grant gives his take on the Chris Rock tour
10/01/2008 … I constantly tell my friends I'm as much a fan of stand-up comedy as a performer of it, but as I walked towards Hammersmith Apollo tonight it dawned on me that in the last 11 years, I've only paid twice to go and watch stand-up; once to see Lee Evans at the Dome in Brighton (as a treat for a friend), and tonight, when I went to see Chris Rock.
Mon 07 January 2008
Adam Millar on why funny women are sexy
07/01/2008 … Surely it can’t just be me who finds comediennes the sexiest people on the planet? Come on, female and funny? Those are two of the three sexiest ‘f’ words in existence.
Thu 03 January 2008
Ho bloody ho
Corry Shaw on why the festive season is tough on comedy folks
03/01/2008 … As the holiday season draws to a close and I sit throwing out Christmas cards I never quite got round to sending I am forced to ponder over the nature of the comedy business and the effect it has on the poor souls that work in it (not to mention their families) over Christmas.
Tue 01 January 2008
Chuck out the chintz, Ross
Noble fan Ian Pile despairs of a new trend...
01/01/2008 … Before I start, let's get one fact straight: Ross Noble is a comedy genius.