November 2012 Correspondents
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Fri 23 November 2012
Prepare for the comedy apocalypse
Katie Mulgrew looks to a future without stand-up (but more zombies)
23/11/2012 … Iceberg straight ahead! This is it.
Thu 22 November 2012
I can save comedy
Mr Drayton's rules for stand-ups
22/11/2012 … Comedy is in crisis.
Wed 21 November 2012
It's all in the jeans...
Carl Donnelly strides into the 'cool comedian' debate
21/11/2012 … There has been a lot of talk about ‘cool’ comedians – but all this is distracting from the most important factor on modern comedy: jeans.
Tue 20 November 2012
Who cares what's cool? It's funny that counts
'My haircut does me no favours at Jongleurs' says Matt Richardson
20/11/2012 … I have never written a Correspondence piece for Chortle before.
Mon 19 November 2012
'Cool' comedians leave me cold
Dave Bailey is tired of style over content
19/11/2012 … For nearly 20 years now I have loved comedy, from my first glimpse of Fist of Fun at the age of 11 which led to me creeping downstairs in the middle of the night and watching Kids In The Hall on the lowest volume level I could, to not wake a sleeping house.
Wed 14 November 2012
We need to keep our comedy nights fresh
Alan Irwin offers his take on the tough times
14/11/2012 … I was interested in Chortle’s articles on the London comedy debate, not because I thought it was a great idea, but because the whole thing felt like a re-enactment of some sort of Middle East peace summit.
How to tell if comedy is for you
Dave Cohen describes the giveaway signs
14/11/2012 … Comedy clubs in crisis, the BBC in crisis.
Mon 12 November 2012
Comic Alfie Moore on comedy's bad-taste goalposts
12/11/2012 … The subject of race and religion is never far away in the modern comedy arena, which got me thinking where the goalposts are sited in respect of all things ‘sensitive’.