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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wed 30 December 2009
Everyone's a critic
Stella Graham wants web reviewers to reveal their favourites
30/12/2009 … At the end of many webpages, especially newspaper articles and online magazines; you often see those fateful words: ‘Post a Comment’, ‘Have your say’ or ‘Add a review’.
Wed 23 December 2009
Double Edged Words
Diane Spencer imagines three very different comedians
23/12/2009 … In the upstairs room of an old pub, a man sits behind a black curtain, his unkempt hair curling slightly over his furrowed brow, his silently moving mouth, rehearsing, remembering.
Fri 18 December 2009
Why Michael McIntyre needs a nemesis
Jay Cowle fears for comedy's innovators
18/12/2009 … The star of his own Comedy Roadshow, duke of panel shows, media darling, DVD mogul, and O2 sellout, Michael McIntyre has been the biggest star of comedy in 2009.
Meet the Podfather
Toby Martin on the king of podcasts
18/12/2009 … Podcasts are an increasingly popular medium for broadcasting comedy, with more and more comedians turning to the internet as a way to allow the public to access their material without having their ideas vetted by radio and television executives who are increasingly wary of what they allow to be broadcast.
Thu 17 December 2009
The tummler is back
How Paul Savage rediscovered an old art
17/12/2009 … A few months back, a comedy acquaintance advertised for actors wanted for Christmas work.
Mon 14 December 2009
Big is beautiful
Matt Whiteley in defence of arena gigs
14/12/2009 … A recent article in this section argued that comedy should be kept out of big arenas, but having seen Eddie Izzard at the O2, I just can’t agree with an opinion that would exclude such events from the comedy spectrum.
Open spots are people too...
So argues Simon O'Keeffe
14/12/2009 … I have been having a lot of conversations with other comedians about open spotters: why are there so many who start bitter, why are there so many delusional ones, why are there so many arrogant ones? But one conversation that has eluded us is why are comedians so mean to open spots?Even trying to draw a line of demarcation between ‘comedians’ and ‘open spots’ involves some jostling for status.
Wed 09 December 2009
The envy of the world
...so stopping knocking British comics, Anton Renwick urges
09/12/2009 … In 2008 I spent some time as a volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel where I lived and worked with people from across the world.