March 2009 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 email@example.com.
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Tue 31 March 2009
British comedy's not dead
...so says Chris Hallam
31/03/2009 … Iíve heard many urban legends in my time.
Mon 30 March 2009
Sketch comedy's not dead
...whatever Horne & Corden might do, writes Ian Hawkins
30/03/2009 … I have written in various formats for print and broadcast, and happily, have never been accused of being so bad at it as to have brought about the death of an entire genre.
Fri 27 March 2009
Six minutes to live or die
New Zealand-based English comic Diane Spencer offers tips to the rookies
27/03/2009 … The fat rookie in a custom-built Stormtrooperís outfit, complete with snug codpiece, strode onstage with about one minute of material and stood there for six, explaining that he did not know what to say.
Wed 25 March 2009
The top tip for Edinburgh? Don't go...
But if you do, here are Dave Cohen's survival tips
25/03/2009 … Itís that time of year again.
Thu 19 March 2009
'Good performers aren't always good comics'
Rhian Edwards interviews Isy Suttie
19/03/2009 … Few trained actors have ever made the successful transition into stand-up comedy.
Tue 10 March 2009
Women aren't funny? Don't make me laugh...
Adam Gilder joins the ongoing debate
10/03/2009 … Cor, arenít girls and boys different? That was the underlying assumption in a piece Germaine Greer wrote for the Guardian last week.
Mon 02 March 2009
Face it, comics, your gags WILL get nicked
But, says Dave Cohen, cheats never prosper...
02/03/2009 … Well done Lee Hurst! The consensus in the comedy world seems to be that Lee struck a blow for all of us, in more ways than one, when he smashed up a punterís mobile, which he claimed was being used to film his act.