October 2012 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 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 31 October 2012
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
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
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
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
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....
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
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
Why I stopped doing comedy
Jared Hardy realises stand-up isn't everything
18/10/2012 … I’m nobody.