November 2011 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.
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Wed 30 November 2011
Farewell Patrice, my exhilarating, profound and hilarious friend
Brendon Burns offers a personal tribute to Patrice O'Neal
30/11/2011 … If you’ve never heard the name Patrice O’Neal until now, may I be the first to say: ‘Fuck you where were you when he was alive?’ before you join the inevitable legion of posthumous fans.
The mother of the father of alternative comedy...
John Fleming remembers Malcolm Hardee's mum Joan
30/11/2011 … Joan Hardee, the mother of alternative comedy godfather Malcolm, was 84 when she died yesterday.
Tue 29 November 2011
Friends, family... I don't want to see you
Raphael Perahia would rather perform for strangers
29/11/2011 … Friends, family, even exes have come to watch my gigs, but while on stage I always prefer the company of strangers.
Mon 28 November 2011
The law won't find Frankie Boyle obscene (probably)
Says law student Jonathan Down
28/11/2011 … Many things have been said of Frankie Boyle: offensive; rude; crude; callous; hurtful; unsympathetic; ‘comedian’ (in sarcastic air quotes, obviously) ; not very nice.
Sat 26 November 2011
A little Moir understanding....
Garry Lee is fed up of tabloid comedy 'scandal'
26/11/2011 … Columnist Jan Moir yesterday used the pages of the Daily Mail to launch what is little short of character assassination of Jimmy Carr.
Fri 25 November 2011
Dying for some irony...
Milo McCabe on performing ironically racist gags
25/11/2011 … Earlier this year, for a video segment of my Edinburgh show, I appeared at the Comedy Store in character as Tyson Moon, the son of a Seventies comedian.
Wed 23 November 2011
The BBC was right to axe Shooting Stars
Chris Hallam says the show had had its day
23/11/2011 … Shooting Stars has been cancelled.