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October 2012 Correspondents

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Wed 31 October 2012

Know your enemy | Milo McCabe's guide to hecklers

Know your enemy

Milo McCabe's guide to hecklers

31/10/2012 … I think some hecklers are great.

Mon 29 October 2012

We're not evil... everyone had a great time | Producer Samantha Martin defends E4's latest hidden camera show

We're not evil... everyone had a great time

Producer Samantha Martin defends E4's latest hidden camera show

29/10/2012 … I have never felt the need to comment or defend a show I’ve worked on before, probably because one look at my CV will tell you what an evil son-of-a-bitch I am (I used to work on Balls Of Steel) but I truly do love The Work Experience.

Wed 24 October 2012

Where's the satire? | Political comedy thrives under the Tories... except this time, says Chris Hallam

Where's the satire?

Political comedy thrives under the Tories... except this time, says Chris Hallam

24/10/2012 … It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that political satire only tends to truly thrive under Tory Governments.

Mon 22 October 2012

Laying down the law | Jenny Afia's expert guide to what you can and can't say online

Laying down the law

Jenny Afia's expert guide to what you can and can't say online

22/10/2012 … What do you get if you cross a comedian accused of racism, a tweet about airport terrorism and a man sent to prison for posting sick comments about a missing schoolgirl on Facebook? Answer: Some of Britain's sharpest legal minds struggling to identify the line between the right to offend and the right not to be offended.

Sun 21 October 2012

Have I got views for you.... | Alan Hazlie on the return of a perennial favourite

Have I got views for you....

Alan Hazlie on the return of a perennial favourite

21/10/2012 … Have I Got News For You returned for its 44th series last week, opening with the middle-classes’ flavour of the month, Clare Balding, hosting and guests Graham Linehan and Ken Livingstone.

Why comedy quit me | Dan Atkinson runs with a theme....

Why comedy quit me

Dan Atkinson runs with a theme....

21/10/2012 … Until about a year ago, I was a your usual happy, horny, over-praised and under-fed working comedian.

Fri 19 October 2012

Why I'm NOT quitting comedy | Stuff the career, Don Biswas is just having fun

Why I'm NOT quitting comedy

Stuff the career, Don Biswas is just having fun

19/10/2012 … This is a response, in part, to the earlier Correspondents piece Why I’m Quitting ComedyMy name is Don Biswas, and I've been doing stand-up comedy for five and half years now.

Thu 18 October 2012

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